Tooth infections put your health at risk!

Tooth Infection

It all starts with a toothache. If a damaged tooth is left untreated, it may become infected, and the infection may spread to your jaw, head, neck, and even other places in the body. A tooth becomes infected when bacteria enters the tooth through a chip, crack or cavity. Your risk factors for a tooth infection increase if you have:

  • Poor dental hygiene, including not brushing your teeth 2 times a day and not flossing

  • A high sugar diet, including eating sweets and drinking soda

  • Dry mouth, which is often caused by aging or as a side effect of certain medications

Symptoms of an Infected Tooth

Symptoms of an infected tooth can include:

  • Throbbing tooth pain

  • Throbbing pain in the jawbone, ear or neck 

  • Pain that worsens when you lie down

  • Sensitivity to pressure in the mouth

  • Sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks

  • Cheek swelling

  • Tender or swollen lymph nodes in the neck

  • Fever

  • Bad breath

  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth

If an infected tooth is not treated, the infection could spread elsewhere in your body, which is potentially life-threatening. Signs and symptoms that the infection in the tooth has spread include headache, fatigue, dizziness, sweating, and chills.

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