3 Tips For Preventing An Infection After Your Root Canal Treatment Procedure

If you have recently had a root canal, you may worry about getting an infection after the procedure. If so, use the following three tips to help prevent a tooth infection after your root canal treatment procedure.

Avoid Eating Sugary Foods

After having a root canal, the inner dentin, pulp, and nerves are exposed by the procedure site while the tooth is healing. Until the site has fully closed up, pay close attention to the types of food you eat, as they could lead to an infection.

Avoid eating anything with high levels of sugar in it. If the sugar gets into the root canal cavity, it can become food for any bacteria lurking in and around the tooth.

Another deterrent for eating sugar while you heal is that it can give you a horrible ache in your mouth when it comes into contact with the nerves. This ache can serve as a reminder that you should not be eating anything sweet.

Keep Away From Acidic Foods and Drinks 

Along with sugar, you should keep away from acidic foods and drinks while recovering from your root canal. The acid in such things as tomatoes, coffee, and soda pops can cause erosion of the enamel around the procedure site.

When erosion occurs, it exposes more of the sensitive pulp beneath your enamel. This gap provides a gateway for germs to invade your tooth.

If you must have your morning cup of coffee or are craving tomato soup, suck it through a straw to avoid contact with the tooth. Then, rinse your mouth with salt water to thoroughly cleanse your mouth.

Apply Peppermint Oil on the Tooth

Another way to keep your tooth from becoming infected is to apply peppermint oil to it. Peppermint oil is a natural antiseptic that is effective at killing bacteria in the mouth. It also has an added bonus of providing pain relief by numbing the nerves of the tooth.

To apply the oil, place a drop or two on a cotton swab. Then, gently rub the swab over the tooth, being careful not to push down hard and cause pain. Then, avoid eating or drinking anything for about a half an hour to an hour to give the oil time to work.

Using the above tips along with your prescribed aftercare can help you keep your tooth from becoming infected. However, if you start experiencing symptoms of an abscessed tooth or have any additional questions, contact your dentist as soon as possible to discuss your concerns and hear their recommendations for any additional treatment that may be required.