Archive for June 2018

Root Canals - What Are They?

June 18, 2018 | Posted Education

Root canals are necessary when the tooth’s pulp, which is composed of nerves and blood vessels, becomes infected or damaged. During the root canal procedure, the pulp is removed, and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Common causes of pulp damage include cracked teeth, deep cavities, or another type of injury to the tooth. After the pulp becomes dead or infected and is left untreated, pus can build up causing pain.
The root canal procedure is made up of several steps:

  • First, an opening is made through the crown of a molar or the back of a front tooth.

  • Next, the damaged or infected pulp is removed, and the pulp chamber is cleaned.

  • After cleaning the chamber, it is permanently filled with a rubber compound called gutta-percha.

  • Finally, a crown is usually placed over the tooth to protect it and restore it.

With proper care, root canals can last your entire life. The tooth can still decay, so it's important to practice good oral hygiene. If you have any questions, or need a root canal yourself, contact us here at the Rideau Dental Centre by calling 613-230-7475.

It doesn’t matter if you use a normal toothbrush, or an electric one. Eventually, the bristles on your brush will become worn out and your brush will need replacing (or in the case of an electric brush, the brush head will need replacing). It’s important that you use a toothbrush that is in good condition, to help make sure that your teeth are getting properly brushed.
Another thing to consider when trying to keep your toothbrush in good condition are germs. Toothbrushes are great breeding grounds for germs, so it is important that you rinse your toothbrush under tap water after brushing. After you’ve rinsed your toothbrush, you should store it in an upright position so that it is able to air out and dry off, killing the germs.
So how often should you replace your toothbrush? Typically, you should replace your toothbrush every three months. After three months, the bristles on the brush start to break down and are much less effective at removing plaque from teeth.
If you have more questions about toothbrush upkeep or choosing the right toothbrush, feel free to give us a call at 613-230-7475.