Your dentist is going to do everything he can to save your teeth. If you have a decaying tooth that a filling just cannot fix, a root canal may be necessary. The tooth itself will stay intact, but the inside of the tooth will be scraped out. There are a number of benefits to having a root canal over having the tooth pulled. Read on for a few of the benefits of having a root canal, as well as some preventive dental care tips.

Keep Your Original Teeth

A root canal allows you to keep your original teeth. This may not seem like a big deal to you -- or, if you are worried about vanity, perhaps it is a big deal to you. Keeping your original teeth will save you from having a bridge or implant put in, either of which can cost you a lot of money. If you simply had the tooth pulled and left the space open, it could cause your teeth to shift and move, leaving you with a crooked smile. 

Prevent Infection

Without a root canal, the opening in your tooth could leave you with an infection. This can cause you a lot of pain while eating or drinking. The infection in your tooth can lead to other infections in your body, or other types of health issues such as liver or heart problems. Having your tooth checked out by your dentist and having a root canal can save you some pain and also prevent further health problems.

Dental Care Tips

To prevent cavities or the need for a root canal, you need to care for your teeth properly.  Use the following tips to care for your teeth:

  • Brush twice daily for at least two minutes with a soft-bristle toothbrush. Make sure you get all of your teeth, including those hard-to-reach teeth in the back.
  • Floss your teeth at least once per day to get in between the teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. This area can also build up with plaque.
  • Drink water to rinse the mouth out during the day and to keep your mouth hydrated.
  • Avoid eating or drinking sugary foods or drinks as much as possible. Sugar can cause cavities.
  • Stop smoking, as it can cause stains on the teeth from the tar in cigarettes. Chewing tobacco can also be detrimental to your teeth and your oral health -- cease both habits immediately.

If you are experiencing any pain in your teeth or gums, make an appointment with the dentist right away. If you have a cavity that has worsened, you may need a root canal. Talk to your dentist about having a root canal done.