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Tooth infections are fairly common and can occur in anyone. They can be caused by a number of different things, from eating foods that contain bacteria to coming into contact with saliva or mucus from a person with an infection. There are a few things you can do to avoid getting an infection, including brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, using mouthwash and avoiding eating food that is high in bacteria. If you do get an infection, make sure to call your Dentist.
What is tooth infection?
Tooth infection is a bacterial infection of the teeth that can be painful, result in toothache, and require antibiotics to clear up. The bacteria that causes tooth infection is found in the saliva and plaque that accumulates on teeth. If left untreated, an infection can spread to other parts of the body through contact with infected saliva or mucus.
Causes: What can cause tooth infection?
Tooth infection is something that can be caused by several different things. Some of the most common causes of tooth infection are bacteria, viruses, and fungi. Bacteria and viruses can cause infections when they get into the tooth through the mouth or nose, while fungi can grow in an infected tooth and cause a fungal infection. Toothpaste and floss aren’t always enough to prevent tooth infections, and some people are more likely to get them than others. There are also certain foods and drinks that can increase your risk of getting a tooth infection, including coffee, tea, grapefruit juice, spicy food, and milk products.
Symptoms: What are the symptoms of tooth infection?
Tooth infection is a bacterial infection of the teeth that can cause toothache and an increase in the number of dental cavities. There are many different types of bacteria that can cause tooth infection, but the most common type is Streptococcus mutans. Symptoms of tooth infection may include an increase in the number of plaque deposits on teeth, pain when chewing or biting, and sensitivity to hot or cold foods. To treat tooth infection, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics or recommend regular brushing and flossing to remove plaque and bacteria from your teeth.
Other symptoms also include:
- Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.
- A bitter taste in the mouth.
- Foul-smelling breath.
- Gum redness and swelling.
- Loosening of the tooth.
- Swollen area in the upper or lower jaw.
- Open, draining sore on the side of the gum.
Tooth decay has reached the top end, creating an abscess.
Dentists are now seeing cases of tooth decay that are so severe, it can lead to an abscess. Tooth decay is a problem that affects the teeth and can cause pain and difficulty chewing. Over time, this can lead to an abscess, which is a large, pus-filled lump on the tooth or in the gum. An abscess can become infected and even deadly if not treated quickly.
Dental abscess that can cause swelling
A dental abscess is a buildup of plaque, pus, or bacteria that happens inside the teeth, in tissues surrounding the teeth (the gums or jawbone), or in the bone that holds the teeth (the periodontal ligament). Affecting both adults and children. Most dental abscesses occur when bacteria that is normally found in the mouth (biofilm) accumulates and forms an infection. The biofilm can form anywhere on the tooth or in the surrounding gum tissue. If the infection is not treated, it can spread to other parts of the body, most commonly the lungs. Dental abscesses can cause a variety of symptoms including pain, redness, swelling and discharge. In some cases, abscesses may rupture and cause significant damage to surrounding teeth and gums. Prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential to prevent further damage and to ensure a successful recovery.
Dental abscesses are a serious tooth infection that can quickly lead to sepsis if not treated. Always seek medical attention if you experience any unusual or severe dental pain, swelling, or redness. To help prevent dental abscesses, make sure to maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly.