What is a dental abscess?
A dental abscess is a pocket of pus in or around the teeth and gums caused by a bacterial infection. It is usually quite painful.
A dental abscess can develop from a tooth infection or cavity.
If you suspect that you might have a tooth abscess then you must make an appointment to see your dentist immediately to avoid the infection spreading. Visit a dentist in your area.
Signs & Symptoms
Typical signs include:
- redness of the mouth and face
- gum inflammation
- tenderness with touch
- difficulty fully opening your mouth or swallowing
If the infection is advanced you may suffer from the following:
- fever and chills
A dental abscess will not get better on its own. It is vital to see your dentist as soon as possible if you suspect you might have a dental abscess.
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The dentist will treat the abscess by draining the pus and treating or removing any infected teeth. Your dentist will advise you regarding any pain medication and antibiotics as necessary.
Prevent Dental Abscesses
The most important thing you can do to prevent dental abscesses is to take good care of your teeth every day. Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and use a specialist mouthwash once or twice a day. See a hygienist for a thorough clean.
Following a diet low in sugar and alcohol and avoiding smoking are also beneficial for your oral health.