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A tooth abscess or dental infection

A tooth abscess, more commonly known as dental infection, is a bacterial infection that leads to a pocket full of pus around different areas of your teeth. A periapical dental disease attacks the tip of your teeth’s root, while a periodontal spot attacks the gums surrounding the root of your tooth.

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A periapical tooth abscess can attack your teeth and gums for a variety of reasons. Still, an injury, an active dental cavity, or previous dental damage and work are some of the leading causes of your dental infection.
In most mild or newer cases, a dentist will drain all the pus from your tooth abscess, effectively getting rid of the disease; however, if the issue grows out of hand, you may need a root canal treatment or get your teeth pulled out.
Whatever treatment the doctor decides to go with, leaving a tooth abscess untreated for too long can lead to severe, life-threatening ailments, health issues, and complications.

Symptoms of dental infection

Not all toothaches and gum swelling are a sign of a dental infection, but if you’re suffering from an intense, pulsating toothache that is slowly traveling to your jawbone, ear, or neck, you might need to get it checked.
Other dental infection symptoms include sensitivity to extreme hot and cold temperatures, fever, pressure sensitivity when biting or chewing your food, swelling around your face, jaw, and cheeks, foul taste in your mouth, breathing and swallowing difficulties.
Since not all dental infections are the same, you may also experience a foul breathing smell, sharp or shooting pains, loosening of your teeth, general uneasiness, discomfort, and lastly, swollen, red, and inflamed gums.

Causes of dental infection

As mentioned earlier, dental infection is generally caused by bacteria invading your teeth and dental pulp.
The dental pulp is your tooth’s innermost part that contains all the blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissues. The bacteria enter the root through a dental cavity or a crack in the tooth, spreading and making their way down to the bottom, causing infection, swelling, and a lot of pain.

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Risk factors that may make your situation worse

Poor dental hygiene, a high sugar intake, and a dry mouth can not only contribute to a dental infection but also make the situation a lot worse.
Not taking adequate care of your gums and teeth, avoiding brushing and flossing twice a day can significantly increase your chances of getting tooth decay, gum diseases, and other mouth and dental issues.
A high sugar diet also contributes to unhealthy teeth and gums, making them more susceptible to dental infections and other dental diseases.
Tooth decay and infections can also become more common as you age and suffer from a dry mouth and other illnesses.

Prevention of a tooth abscess or dental infection

When it comes to avoiding tooth decay and infection, prevention is always better than cure. It ensures you have healthy gums, teeth, and mouth, preventing painful issues like tooth abscess.
Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, use dental floss every day, cleaning all the gunk stuck between your teeth, get a new toothbrush every few months for efficient cleaning.
Eating a healthy, well-balanced diet and regularly visiting a dentist should also significantly reduce your chances of developing a dental infection.

Dental infection and hygiene FAQs

1: Is visiting a dentist regularly really that important?

Many people assume they only need to visit a dentist when dealing with toothaches or gum issues; however, that’s not true. People think they’re saving money by avoiding regular dental checkups when in reality, their crisis treatments cost a lot more when the dental issues get out of hand.
You don’t have to visit a dentist only when suffering from dental issues. A dentist can provide preventative care and treatment, ensuring you don’t have any cavities forming and that your teeth and gums are in mint condition. With early cavity detection, you can save yourself a lot of time, money, and pain.

2: Can I treat dental abscesses at home?

If you’re trying to treat a dental abscess at home, you’ll be disappointed by the results as this medical condition requires immediate professional care. Improperly treating or draining the abscess at home can lead to further complications and infections in your mouth.
However, there are things like clove essential oils that can help manage and even ease the pain. But for a complete treatment, only a medical professional can provide a helpful diagnosis, assess your condition and prescribe medications or start your dental treatments.

3: Are dental abscesses dangerous?

Dental abscesses typically do not cause any severe or long-term issues, especially if they are appropriately treated. However, if left untreated or improperly treated, a painful dental abscess can lead to further dental complications, possibly even serious ones.

4: Can dental abscess come with gum swelling but no pain?

A dental abscess can cause swelling without any pain, which is often a cause for concern as it means the infected tooth is now dead, but the infection is still active and free to attack other areas and parts of your mouth.
If your painful dental abscess stops hurting, it means the infection has ruptured nerves and vessels around your teeth, and you should seek medical help as soon as possible.

Let our expert doctors at TelMDCare help resolve your dental infection issues

If you’re suffering from any dental infection symptoms mentioned above, it’s best to seek professional help before the issue spirals out of control, affecting your diet, sleep, and everyday life.
Fever and swelling around your face can also indicate the infection is spreading to other parts of your body and need immediate medical attention.
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