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What have you heard about root canal therapy? Have you been told that it’s an extremely unpleasant treatment? Fortunately, root canal therapy has made a number of advancements in recent years, making it much more comfortable than it has been in the past. Still, even though this treatment is more pleasant than it has been, you should still try to avoid making root canal therapy a necessity.

Luckily, there are several things you can do to avoid root canal therapy. As you may have guessed, you should brush and floss your pearly whites regularly. If you don’t, you could have a cavity—which is essentially a hole in your teeth. This means plaque and bacteria can spread to the center of your teeth. Once this happens, you’ll need root canal therapy to save your tooth.

Following a healthy diet may also help you avoid a root canal. We recommend enjoying healthy foods, like carrots or apples. It’s also important to stay hydrated, but you should also remember to drink water instead of soda or sugary juices.

Finally, please remember that there are a few signs you should watch for. For example, if you have a large cavity or experience trauma, you could need root canal therapy. Similarly, if one of your tooth’s roots is infected, you may need root canal therapy. You may recognize an infected root if you have a severe toothache.

If you would like to learn more about potential symptoms of a damaged root canal in Grass Valley, California, please feel free to contact Paul L. Evans, DDS at 530.273.4442. Our dentist, Dr. Paul L. Evans, and our team will be happy to examine your teeth and to give you specific advice. We’re eager to hear from you!