Dental abscess is a form of tooth infection; it forms pus that affects the teeth and its surrounding gums. It produces throbbing pain that is caused by bacterial invasion. The signs and symptoms are fever, difficulty chewing food, sensitivity to cold and hot food and beverages, bad breath, bitter taste in the mouth, neck glands that are swollen, swelling and redness of the gums that surrounds the teeth, and draining sore on the side of the gum. When the root of the tooth dies, the pain may subside or stop but it does not mean that the infection has already gone away, the infection may spread to its neighboring teeth to destroy the tissues thus you may experience the same symptoms that you have experienced before.
You should consult your dentist once you have experience the symptom above to prevent further injuries and the dentist will offer remedies to cure the tooth infection. To diagnose if you have a tooth abscess, your dentist will tap your tooth and you will feel the pain. You will also ask to bite down and close your mouth tightly and ask if feel any pain, your dentist may also know when you have infection because the gum that surround your tooth are swollen and red. He may also suggest X-ray to know the extent of the erosion of the bone around the infection.
Dental complication is one of the things that should be prevented because it may cause serious problems. Dental problems may extend to the gums, throat, cheeks, and tongueas well asto the facial bones. There are times that the swelling can block the airway causing difficulty in breathing. It may also trigger fever, chills, vomiting, nausea, and diarrhea which will make you generally ill.
The treatment for tooth infectionmay vary but it surely includes painkillers to stop the pain such as ibuprofen and paracetamol. Warm-salt water is also effective in alleviating the pain brought by the infection. Another treatment to eliminate the infection is to drain the abscess through a procedure known as root canal. It is a kind of surgery wherein the dead tissue is removed or incising the swollen gum. Antibiotics are also prescribed to mediate the mutation of the bacteria thereby inhibiting their ability to reproduce.
Practice good oral hygiene
Practicing good oral hygiene is still the best way to prevent tooth infection. Brushing and flossing your teeth daily will help to prevent infection. Visiting your dentist often is also one of the best way of preventing tooth problems, your dentist has the time to check the condition of your teeth and monitor you to have a healthy teeth and mouth. Promptly treating your teeth that have cavity will help to prevent abscess. Chemical found in the cigarettes will cause tooth decay and as of excessive consumption of alcohol will let you forget to brush your teeth before going to bed and the acid that came out when vomiting will destroy the enamel of the teeth, that is why it is better to avoid such things to promote a good oral hygiene leading to a heathy mouth and body.