According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), 59% of people are afraid of getting a root canal. This beats some other common fears including public speaking, spiders, and being trapped in an elevator. Fortunately, there are multiple steps you can take to reduce your chances of needing a root canal in the near future, including using your dental insurance coverage for preventive dentistry. Continue reading to learn more from your dentist about how you can keep your smile healthy.
Brush Twice Daily
Far too many adults and children slack on their daily brushing. By brushing your teeth twice every day, you are removing harmful plaque and bacteria that can cause issues like tooth decay and periodontal disease. It can even save you from needing a root canal.
Floss Every Day
Your toothbrush cannot clean every surface in your mouth. That’s why it’s so important to floss once a day. This will help you to clean away plaque and bacteria hiding between the teeth and beneath the gumline.
Wear a Mouthguard
Getting outside to play sports is great, but dental injuries are not. Make sure that you are wearing a mouthguard when you are engaging in contact sports or any activity where you could experience a blow to the mouth.
Avoid Acidic and Sugary Foods and Drinks
Acid in foods and drinks can soften the enamel, leaving it vulnerable to bacteria that is fueled by sugar. In the end, you are more likely to experience enamel erosion and decay. Save soda, energy drinks, and fruit juices for occasions.
Be Careful with Hard Foods
Be careful when eating foods that are particularly hard and can cause your teeth to chip or crack. When this happens, there is an easy route for bacteria to navigate to the center of your tooth. In the end, you will likely need to have a root canal performed by your dentist.
Utilize Your Preventive Coverage!
There are several different preventive dentistry services that are provided. Usually, they include regular oral exams, professional cleanings, and routine x-rays. These services are important because they help to prevent oral health issues from occurring in the future. Many dental plans cover preventive services because it is such an important part of your oral and overall health. If you haven’t utilized your dental insurance benefits for preventive care yet this year, there is no better time to do so. For most insurance companies, these benefits expire by the end of the year and do not carry over. In the end, you use it or lose it.
No one wants to have a root canal. Be sure to take the steps in order to reduce your probability of experiencing one. Schedule a visit with your dentist now before your benefits for the year expire.
About the Author
Dr. Jeremy J. Borsky is an experienced dentist whose career spans nearly 15 years so far. He earned his dental doctorate from The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and is a member of numerous professional organizations including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. For more information on dental insurance or to schedule an appointment at his office in Cincinnati, visit his website or call (513) 232-6560.