While there are no guarantees, of course, if you would like to avoid needing root canal therapy and endodontic treatment, the best way is to adhere to an overall strategy that supports your optimal oral health. Teeth cleanings are a big part of that strategy and our Fulton MO dentist here at St. George Family Dental encourages you to take advantage of this simple and effective method of promoting your dental well-being.
It all starts with you. Eating a healthful diet that limits sugary foods and drinks along with daily brushing and flossing (preferably after every meal) is the foundation for strong, healthy teeth. Regular visits for a dental exam and x-rays allow for the detection of any cavities so that they can be filled and prevented from growing larger. You see, large cavities and fillings increase the ability of bacteria to gain access to the inner part of your tooth, the pulp chamber. This is where teeth cleanings come in. It’s an easy line to follow. Plaque that is not removed from your teeth as part of brushing and flossing will eat away at your tooth enamel, leading to those cavities. And plaque that remains on your teeth can harden and turn into tartar, which is nearly impossible to remove outside of a professional setting. Our Fulton MO dentist wants you to know that removing that pesky plaque and tartar is absolutely essential to your oral health.
As part of a thorough teeth cleaning, which is recommended every six months, the plaque, tartar, and any food particles will be eliminated from your mouth. This gives you a fresh start, as if the reset button had been pressed. It’s the best way to put the odds in your favor of preventing future cavities and the ones you have growing larger. Other than the need for root canal therapy, cavities can weaken a tooth significantly as they get bigger, leaving too little natural tooth material for the tooth to be of its proper use. In addition, teeth cleanings keep your gums healthy, keeping gum disease from setting in. Our Fulton MO dentist is committed to keeping you free of tooth decay and gum disease whenever possible.