How Can I Prevent Root Decay?
Your Gums and Teeth Depend on Daily Care

While the surface or enamel of a tooth is the most common place that young or adult patients experience decay, the root of a tooth is a decay-susceptible area for some (namely senior patients). But why is this so?

preventing root decay

Well, any part of a tooth that is exposed to debris and bacteria is vulnerable to decay. And unfortunately, gums that have significantly receded over time, (which is a more common phenomenon in older patients), expose more of the tooth – particularly the underlying dentin layer that is softer than the hard enamel surface layer.

A tooth root with decay can be treated with a filling if the decay is mild enough. But often, more advanced root decay will require root canal treatment or endodontic therapy to fix. This is often a very successful solution provided the practitioner performing the root canal is an experienced endodontist or dentist (our Scarborough endodontist Dr. Lance Isaac is one of them)!

So… how can I protect my teeth from root decay?

It’s important to take care of both your teeth and your gums in order to prevent root decay. A proper daily oral care routine that consists of brushing twice for 120 seconds each time and flossing once will help to prevent periodontal (gum) disease, an infamous contributor to gum recession. In addition, patients should ensure they are brushing with a soft-bristled or electronic tooth brush without excessive force – which over time aggravates the gums and causes them to recede. So essentially, a gentle and thorough daily care regime is your best bet against root decay!

In addition to this, patients with dry mouth due to certain medications or medical conditions should drink lots of water or chew sugarless gum throughout the day to keep their mouth moist to help lower their decay risk.

Experiencing dental difficulties?

If you’ve been putting off tooth pain for too long, it’s best to act now and see your dental care provider immediately before the problem gets worse. You may need a filling, or a root canal treatment... which will both be able to allow you to keep your tooth for years to come. Call our Scarborough endodontist today!