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Have you heard that root canal therapy can save a tooth with a damaged center? If you decide avoid root canal therapy, the damaged tooth could eventually die and even fall out. Once you have root canal therapy, how should you continue to care for your teeth? More specifically, do you know what you should do—or avoid doing—to help your tooth heal?

First, you should avoid eating anything until after any numbness has worn off. If your mouth is numb, you could accidentally bite your tongue or your cheek and cause real damage. You should also only eat soft foods for the first few days following this therapy. Hard foods could cause damage to the work you just had done.

There are also a few things you should avoid doing your tooth heals. For example, you should avoid drinking from a straw. If you use a straw while your tooth is healing, you could disrupt the work you just had done. Please also remember to chew on both sides of your mouth once it has completely healed. While it may not feel natural at first, if you chew unevenly, you could eventually have an unbalanced smile, which could cause soreness and aching in your jaw.

If you’re interested in learning more about root canal therapy, we invite you to contact Union Street Dental Care at 415-922-3886. Dr. Stanley Dintcho will be happy to answer any questions you have and help you understand what you should expect to do after this treatment. We’re excited to hear from you soon.