Root Decay Prevention

Root Decay Prevention

Root Decay Prevention

Root Decay primarily affects senior patients, but can affect adults, too. A patient usually discovers that they have an infected tooth root after they experience a painful ache in a localized area. It's important to make an appointment with the dentist right away if you suspect you have deep decay.

Our Guelph dental staff do everything they can to help their patients prevent root decay or root caries – an oral health condition in which root canal therapy or extraction is the only solution.

Why Does Root Decay Occur?

One reason why root decay is common in seniors is because older patients tend to have receding or insufficient gum, exposing the roots to infection. Unfortunately, the part of the tooth that is exposed due to insufficient gum is softer than the surface enamel layer of the teeth, so it is even more susceptible to decay. Another reason that seniors tend to experience root decay at a higher rate is that certain medications taken by seniors cause dry mouth, and ultimately, less saliva production and protection from dental decay.

Prevention and good dental hygiene is your best bet against root decay. This includes brushing gently with a soft bristle brush twice daily for two minutes at a time, and flossing once daily. Aggressive brushing is known to aggravate the gums and contribute to recession, so it is important to ensure that your brushing technique is gum-friendly. For more information on our root decay prevention services, contact our Guelph dental office today.

Have a Dental Emergency?

Please call our office during regular hours on 519-824-8000, our staff will be happy to guide you through what to do in case of a dental emergency.