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Bad odor from root canalled tooth

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Posted by: startpower  (8 years ago)
Hi all,

About seven years ago, I got a root canal done on my first molar on the upper left side. Two weeks ago, I had a tooth cleaning appointment with the hygienist. She was rough. :-(( She kept clawing at my root-canalled tooth and I could smell decayed food odor from what she was scrapping off. Since then, I could always smell rotten food smell especially when I am brushing my teeth. I am not really into flossing. I tried to floss today and the smell was horrible. What could possibly cause this? What can I do to make the smell go away? I’ve been rinsing with mouthwash and warm salt water solution but it is not going away. Please help me! Thank you very much.
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Dentist
Hi all,

About seven years ago, I got a root canal done on my first molar on the upper left side. Two weeks ago, I had a tooth cleaning appointment with the hygienist. She was rough. :-(( She kept clawing at my root-canalled tooth and I could smell decayed food odor from what she was scrapping off. Since then, I could always smell rotten food smell especially when I am brushing my teeth. I am not really into flossing. I tried to floss today and the smell was horrible. What could possibly cause this? What can I do to make the smell go away? I’ve been rinsing with mouthwash and warm salt water solution but it is not going away. Please help me! Thank you very much.


You probably have some gum pockets. What did your hygienist say?

If you have pockets, you can irrigate them with a Water-Pik or a metal-tipped irrigation syringe you dentist can give you. Also, he might give you a prescription for Chlorhexidine mouthrinse to use in those devices. I doubt these odors are related to the root canal.
Posted 8 years ago
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