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Is there a single treatment you would most like to avoid when you visit a dentist? If you decided that root canal therapy worries you the most, you’re far from alone. However, if this was one of your first thoughts, we have some good news: root canal therapy is probably not as bad as you imagine. Furthermore, there are several steps you can take to prevent the need for root canal therapy.

As you are probably aware, flossing and brushing your teeth are important things you should be doing on your own. You should make it a priority to visit our dentist at least twice a year for routine checkups. If you don’t, a cavity could ultimately form. In general, if you have tooth decay that isn’t treated quickly, it could spread until it reaches the middle of your teeth—which contains your nerve and pulp. If this happens, you might ultimately need root canal therapy. You should also remember that your diet can affect your oral health as well. In fact, if you eat too much sugar, you’ll also be more susceptible to decay.

Finally, we recommend scheduling a checkup with us if you think you could benefit from root canal therapy. Naturally, there are a few different symptoms you should watch for, such as a serious toothache. Sudden tooth sensitivity could also be a sign of an injured root canal.

If you’re interested in hearing more about the symptoms of a damaged root canal in Columbia and Westminster, Maryland, please don’t hesitate to contact Columbia Dental Excellence and Mizrachi Dental Care. Our dentist, Dr. Avi Mizrachi, will be happy to examine your pearly whites and to give you personalized suggestions. We’re eager to meet with you soon.