Experiencing Teeth Infection and Abcess?
Abscesses is a pocket of pus in the tooth or gum or tooth bone caused by the bacterial infection. A tooth abscess is an infection inside the tooth itself, and this may be due to a cavity, past dental works, or injury. Depending upon the area where the abscesses occur, it is categorized into 2 types that include:
- Periapical abscess: occurs in the tip of the tooth root.
- Periodontal abscess: occurs in the gums at the side portion of the root.
Leaving tooth abscesses unattended may even cause life-threatening complications in the future.
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Most Common Symptoms Of Infection & Abcess
Symptoms and the signs of the tooth abscess are the following:
- General symptoms are pain, bad breath, and fever.
- Severity in toothache that traverses to jaw, neck, and ear.
- Teeth will be sensitive to both hot and cold and temperature.
- Swollen lymph node and swelling of face and cheek.
- An extent to which the pressure exerted during the act of biting and chewing.
Frequently Asked Questions About Teeth Infection & Abcesses
Main Causes Of Infection & Abcesses
- Poor dental hygiene: It represents the improper taking care of teeth and gums through the act of brushing and flossing. This automatically improves the risk of a cavity, gum problems, and tooth abscess.
- Diet with high sugar: The habit of frequent eating and drinking the junk food with high sugar content (sweets, sweetening sodas) causes cavities in the mouth that later turns up to abscess.
- Dry mouth: This condition often prevails in aged persons with certain medications. This improves the occurrence of tooth decay that is later known as an abscess.
Complications That Can Happen If Not Treated
In general, the tooth abscess will not fade away on its own without treatment. At times, the abscess ruptures, and the localized pain goes away. Even in this case, dental care is necessary. Without the proper draining of the pus from the abscess, the infection may spread deep into the tooth root. This condition may even lead to the development of sepsis, i.e., a life-threatening condition. With the poor immune system, the infection spreads to all parts of the body too.
How To Prevent This From Happening?
To stay away from a tooth abscess, one should guard oneself against tooth decay and take good care of the teeth. Some preventive measures include the following:
- The drinking water should be fluoridated.
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day, i.e., morning and night, with a fluoride toothpaste.
- Daily, one should clean and floss the mouth with specialized devices like dental floss and cleaner (between the teeth).
- Replace the brush, tongue cleaner, dental floss, and cleanser every 3 to 4 months. In the middle, if any issues arise with the above items, replace the same.
- Cultivate the habit of eating healthy food and staying away from sugary stuff and the in-between snacks.
- One must compulsorily visit your dentist for regular check-ups, which results in examining, cleaning, polishing, etc.
- Adding an extra layer of protection to the mouth, one can try using the antiseptic or a fluoride mouth rinse to avoid tooth decay.
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