If you’ve ever heard a friend say, with fear, “I have to get a root canal” and weren’t sure what she was so upset about, we can tell you. First, the infection that has prompted the procedure is quite painful. When someone needs a root canal, that means pulp tissue in the root of the tooth has become infected. This is no small deal—it can make chewing even soft foods or consuming anything mildly hot or cold devastatingly painful. Treating this problem is no treat, either. First, you’ll need to go under local anesthetic. Then, you may need to take painkillers for days after the procedure. But, what’s more is that it will probably cost around $1,000. So your friend isn’t being dramatic, we promise. If you can avoid having to get one of these nasty infections and the procedure that follows, do. Here are things you can do to avoid needing a root canal.
Skip hard candy
Chewing on hard candy might be your method for curbing your appetite and staving off bigger cravings, but just one chomp down on something too hard can cause a crack in your tooth. If you must have hard candy, suck on it—don’t chew.