The Unseen Dangers of Ignoring Dentist Checkup
Are You Risking Infections?
What you can’t see can hurt you. Ignoring regular dentist visits opens the door to unseen infections that quietly brew beneath the surface, potentially leading to more significant oral health issues down the line.
How to Identify and Address a Tooth Infection
Infections within the tooth are typically accompanied by pain, but recognizing the additional warning signs is crucial. Apart from pain, symptoms of an infected tooth include:
Causes of Tooth Infections
Poor dental hygiene is a primary cause, but even with a robust routine, risks persist. Unnoticed chips or cracks in teeth allow bacteria to penetrate and reach the root. Additionally, a high-sugar diet and chronic dry mouth make teeth susceptible to decay, paving the way for infections.
Consequences of Untreated Tooth Infections
Ignoring signs of infection is risky. Even if an abscess ruptures and pain subsides, the infection persists. Untreated tooth infections can lead to complications such as:
Recognizing the spread of infection is vital; symptoms include headaches, fatigue, dizziness, fever, and more. Urgent medical attention is necessary for severe symptoms like high fever, difficulty breathing, seizures, chest pain, rashes, or persistent vomiting.
Dentist's Approach to Treating an Infected Tooth
Prompt eradication of infection is the dentist’s priority. Treatment may involve draining the abscess, performing a root canal, and/or prescribing antibiotics. In severe cases, tooth extraction may be necessary to eliminate the infection entirely.
Preventing Future Infections
To ward off infections, focus on preventing tooth decay:
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