How do I get rid of the terrible taste from a bad (soon to be extracted) tooth?
January 16, 2011 6:21 PM Subscribe
I have a cracked tooth that's coming out in three weeks. In the mean time, it tastes (and probably smells, but I can't tell that for myself) terrible. Any good rinses or other practices to reduce the smell and taste?
posted by mph to Health & Fitness (13 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know if this information matters or not, but:
I had a root canal done on the tooth because it was causing me a lot of pain. When I went in to get an impression made for the crown, the dentist noted some swelling and took a second look at the tooth and discovered it's cracked too far down to salvage. She said she'd waive the charges for the root canal, gave me a second antibiotic prescription (which I finished as directed) and now I don't have any pain or swelling.
The endodontist doesn't seem concerned about the taste and didn't express any urgency over the temporary filling that's mostly come out over the past two weeks.
So I've got a hollowed out, cracked tooth that produces a bad taste, and it would do worlds for my ability to talk to people without worrying about whether it smells like a squirrel died somewhere inside one of my molars if someone could identify a good rinse or practice for this sort of situation while I wait around for the extraction.