Tooth Abscess How to Identify and Prevent it
If you are suffering from tooth pain, swollen and soreness in the gums, the most likely reason is tooth abscess and is a serious condition. You need to consult a dentist immediately for treatment.
An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms around the root of a tooth due to the breakdown of tissue by bacteria resulting in unbearable pain. A tooth abscess can be formed a any age, from children to elderly due to many factors such as tooth decay, broken teeth or extensive periodontal diseases. Abscesses do not heal on their own and can also spread to other parts of the body creating serious complications. The most common types of dental abscess are periapical abscess, gingival abscess and periodontal abscess. The major distinction between these two types of dental abscesses is the origin of infection.
⇒ Gingival Abscess:
A gingival abscess is also known as gum abscess as it forms on the surface of the tissue at the gum line of the teeth. It is relatively easy to treat and recover from than other abscesses if detected early. A gingival abscess is often a result of external damage to the gum and if left untreated can cause greater oral damage.
⇒ Periapical Abscess:
A periapical abscess is usually the result of decay deep inside the tooth resulting in pus formation which may appear at the gum line of the tooth, but more commonly it ends up in surrounding tissue which becomes inflamed.
A Periodontal abscess occurs deeper into the gum pockets and is caused by an infection in the space between the tooth and gum. Since it occurs inside the gum pockets, the abscess spreads into the surrounding tissue and jawbone.
How to Prevent Tooth Abscess:
Maintaining a good oral health and hygiene will minimise the chance of the development of an abscess in your tooth. To maintain a good oral health, follow the steps mentioned below:
⇒ Brush teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
⇒ Avoid consumption of sugary drinks and foods as snacks between meals.
⇒ Drink water regularly
⇒ Regularly visit your dentist.
At the end of the day, a consultation with yoru dentist will take care of any trauma to your teeth. Do not be complacent if you don’t experience immediate pain as this could blow up to a serious condition.