Tooth infections are a concern for many people as they can be extremely painful and may even result in the need for tooth extraction. However, the effects of tooth infections go beyond oral health and can cause other serious complications.
Our mouths are naturally home to bacteria that cover our teeth, tongue, and all surfaces of the mouth. A healthy mouth can naturally protect against infection. However, when cavities, gum disease, or dental trauma cause cracks in that defense, bacteria can enter and cause trouble.
Tooth infections can manifest in different ways, including affecting the tooth itself or causing pockets of infection in the tooth root and surrounding gums, also known as abscesses. If you are experiencing dental discomfort or suspect a tooth infection, it is important to seek dental care promptly to prevent further complications.