Our body is constantly under attack, germs are everywhere and no matter how hard we try we can’t do anything about it – except to do our best to keep everything nice and clean. Our body is equipped with a powerful immune system to fight off infections. But most infections that are caused by bacteria need proper medical intervention. And that is also true of your oral health.
In case a teeth infection is left untreated it will only get worse with time. Moreover, it will spread and destroy your teeth completely.
A tooth infection may occur when the inner layer of the tooth is invaded by bacteria; the pulp gets infected and starts damaging the nerve. This condition is very painful and can turn into an abscess in two to three days. Pus filled swellings may appear on the gum line.
The symptoms of tooth infection include redness, pain, swelling; persistent bad taste in the mouth and bad breath. The patient may suffer high fever and swelling in neck and jaw if infection worsens.
Moreover, in case the infection has spread down the jaw it may cause shortness of breath as well.
Tooth and gum infection should not be left untreated, as we have discussed earlier, an infection will not go away on its own. In fact, it will spread to adjacent teeth and in worst cases, bacteria can enter the bloodstream. This may result in many health complications and may even prove to be fatal.
When to see a dentist
As soon as you notice the symptoms of infection consult your dentist; if for some reason you are unable to get the appointment rush to the emergency room.
To treat the complication, the infected area needs proper cleaning; for instance, when a tooth becomes infected, its innermost pulp starts to decay, so in order to clear the bad pulp, the dentist will perform a root canal on the infected tooth.
During the root canal, dentists remove the infected piece of pulp and clean the canal. To provide support to remaining teeth, dentist fills the canal with a permanent material to seal the root and prevent further infection.
Prevention is better than cure – and that is true of everything! If you want healthy teeth, you have to take care of them like you take care of your hair, your skin and the rest of your body.
Flossing at least once a day removes food particles trapped in between your teeth. Limit sugary snacks to put a stop to the bacterial growth. Use mouthwash or at least use water to wash your mouth after snacks and meals.
A tooth infection may stay for months or years but it will not go away on its own, it might grow and become more damaging though. A complete dental hygiene routine is your best bet to avoid an infection.
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