Fernando J. Meza, DMD, PLLC

H. Vivian Lee, DDS 

Loken M. Patel, DMD


P R A C T I C E   L I M I T E D   T O   E N D O D O N T I C S







Alexandria Professional Center

4660 Kenmore Ave. Suite 700

Alexandria, VA  22304

      Patient - Prevention of Root Canal Treatment


The key to the prevention of root canal therapy is directly related to oral hygiene. Root canal therapy becomes necessary when the nerve becomes infected. The most common route through which the "nerve" becomes infected is exposure to bacteria.

Bacteria are the major component of dental plaque. The normal bacteria from your oral cavity, when in the presence of food particles (sugars, carbohydrates, fats), will have a chemical reaction and ultimately produce acids. The acids will attack enamel and dentin creating a cavity through which more bacteria will penetrate. This repetitive and progressive process is commonly known as decay. If left untreated it will eventually contaminate or infect the nerve.

Brushing, flossing and other dental aides that promote good oral hygiene (water-pik, stim-u-dents, mouthwash, rubber tip, etc.) effectively disrupt the accumulation of plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar are the primary causes of decay and gingivitis.

Once you have had root canal therapy and a permanent restoration, consistent brushing and flossing with good technique will help to prevent decay and maintain healthy gums. It will also reduce the bacteria in your mouth and help to prevent re-infection of your root canal.

Good oral hygiene, including brushing and flossing will help to reduce plaque and bacteria.