Nobody likes going to the dentist. But, if you want to avoid a root canal, visiting your dentist is exactly what you need.
Most dentist's only require people to visit them once or twice a year. But, some people don't even like abiding by that!
Avoiding the dentist can cause things like cavities and even worse, root canals. Dr. Margaret Mitchell of Chicago's Mitchell Dental Spa explains what a root canal is a how to avoid one.
What is a Root Canal?
A root canal is your body's inability to heal the inside of the tooth. The nerve in the blood supply inside the tooth can get damaged and is irreversible after that happens. The nerves are dying and the dentist needs to remove the material inside the tooth in order to make the pain go away. I know that sounds awful, but don't let that stop you from getting it fixed! It will only grow to be more painful if it is left untreated.
How to Avoid a Root Canal
You can start by visiting the dentist at least once a year. Don't skip out on those appointments and forget to reschedule! It's also a good idea to see the dentist if you have pain in your tooth. It doesn't necessarily mean it's a root canal, but it could be a sign of it.
Can People Die From a Root Canal?
Yes. People can die from an untreated infection inside the tooth. The material can swell and it has no place to go except into the jawbone. After that, the infection can travel to the heart or the brain and people can expire from an untreated root canal.
Take care of your teeth before something like this happens. Make sure you see your dentist regularly, especially, if you feel tooth pain!