Diet Tips Post Root Canal Treatment


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Dental problems are quite common amongst people as our teeth are perhaps one of the most used parts of our body. Whether it is for eating or speaking, our teeth provide functionality, stability and composition to our face.

When you undergo dental treatment such as root canal treatment, not only is it painful because teeth are sensitive areas but they also pose a huge issue when it comes to eating and drinking the first few days after the treatment. So, before we dive into what is the best diet plan in the days immediately following your root canal treatment, let us briefly understand what goes into it.

Understanding Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a simple dental procedure to alleviate dental pain and save your damaged teeth. A patient has ideally suggested a root canal treatment when they suffer from an infection within the roots or if they have been experiencing painful inflammation for a few days.

During the treatment, a specialist doctor will remove the pulp within the tooth, clean the area, disinfect the region in case of an infection, shape the canal and insert a filling within the tooth to seal the area and put an end to the tooth decay.

Oral Hygiene After Root Canal

In order to recover quickly, you will need to adhere to a few oral hygiene guidelines to not disrupt the area that has recently been treated with a filling.

  • To avoid further infection, brush your teeth two times a day and floss once a day
  • Do not put pressure on the treated tooth at the time of brushing
  • You are likely to feel sore and numb in the area for a few days, so, it is advised that you take your prescribed medications on time
  • If you feel that there is sudden swelling in the area, visit your dentists right away as it might lead to damage and infection
  • Stay positive as the pain will subside in a few days

What to Eat After a Root Canal Surgery

One shouldn't have to feel miserable if they have just opted for a root canal treatment.  However, at the same time you must be careful not to irritate the area as it might lead to re-infection, might damage the expansive filling and cause you greater pain!

When you consume your food whether it be breakfast, lunch or dinner, you must be careful not to eat anything that’s hard and difficult to chew like nuts and meat, spicy and extremely hot like tea and coffee, crunchy such as corn, apples or carrots or stuff like toffee, nougat or candy that can damage your teeth and increase tooth sensitivity. Instead, you can gorge on the following items which are not only delicious but also highly nutritious, aiding in faster recovery:

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Lentil soup with lots of veggies
  • Applesauce
  • Pancakes with maple syrup and butter
  • Tuna salad
  • Sushi
  • Oatmeal
  • Eggs (scrambled/boiled/omelette)
  • Bananas
  • Mangoes
  • Protein shakes (plant-based/dairy-based/meat-based)
  • Fruit smoothies hummus
  • Tofu/paneer
  • Lightly cooked ramen
  • Yoghurt
  • Rice
  • Soft cheese
  • Mashed potatoes or pumpkin

A root canal treatment is a very effective procedure that extends the lifespan of your damaged and decayed tooth. To ensure that your treatment undergoes successfully till the very end, follow the meal tips mentioned above and recover safe and sound!