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You’ve probably heard that root canal therapy is extremely painful. In fact, you may have even heard that root canal therapy is the most unpleasant of all dental treatments. Do you ever worry that you could need this treatment eventually? If so, we have good news for you: root canals aren’t as bad as you may think and there are a few things you can do to avoid this problem.

You see, root canal therapy is usually necessary because decay or bacteria damage your tooth’s root canal—the area where the nerves and connective tissue in your teeth are–which can lead to infection. If not treated quickly, the infection could spread and lead to more complications, such as the death of your tooth.

Of course, even though root canal therapy is mostly painless, preventing the problem is still better than treating it. Fortunately, preventing problems with your root canal is fairly simple. In fact, the most important thing you can do is care for your oral hygiene. This means brushing and flossing every day. Brushing and flossing are important because neglecting to do so can lead to holes in your teeth–usually referred to as cavities. Unfortunately, cavities allow bacteria to reach the center of your teeth more easily. Also, please remember to visit your dentist once every six months.

If you would like more advice, please don’t hesitate to contact Smiles by Design at 480-359-2227 soon! Dr. Zana Alnaqib is excited to hear from you soon!