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Tooth infection. What should one do?

Posted on 7/18/2022 by Lanier Valley Dentistry
Tooth infection. What should one do?A tooth abscess is a pus-filled pocket that develops when bacteria invade it. Abscesses can occur in various tooth regions for various reasons. A periapical abscess is an infection near the root tip, while a periodontal abscess is an infection in the gums at the root's side. This page focuses only on periapical abscesses.

In most cases, a periapical tooth abscess is caused by an untreated cavity, an injury, or past dental operations. The treatment of a tooth abscess is to allow it to drain and eradicate the infection. With a root canal, dentists save your tooth, but sometimes the tooth must be extracted. A tooth abscess can lead to extreme, even life-threatening problems if left untreated for long.

Tooth abscess prevention

One can lower the chance of tooth abscess by regularly going to the dentist for checkups and cleanings. It is also essential to go to the dentist if one loses a tooth or chip. Oral hygiene is an essential part of having healthy teeth. At home, you should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once in a while.

Saltwater rinse

Rinsing your mouth with a warm saltwater solution is one of the easiest things you can do to ease the pain of a tooth infection and stop it from spreading. Some bacteria in your mouth will die when you rinse with salt water, and your mouth will ultimately be bacteria-free. Additionally, it can wash away some of the junk in your mouth, and if you have an abscess, it can help break up the pus around the tooth. A simple saltwater rinse can be made with regular table salt and warm water from the tap. Just stir about half a teaspoon of salt into a small cup of warm water. Rinse your mouth for a few minutes by swishing the solution around your mouth and spitting it out.

If you get a tooth infection, visit our clinics for necessary interventions. Call our offices to book your appointment with us.


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