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If you’ve ever had a tooth abscess, we promise that you’d know. They’re very painful, harmful issues that crop up at times for people who have oral health issues.

The thing is, an abscess can be prevented. They’re not always entirely preventable, but a few simple steps is all it takes to protect yourself from them. And with how much pain and discomfort they cause, the last thing our dental team at Complete Dental Care in Martins Ferry, Ohio wants to see is you dealing with the pain of an abscess.

So what do you need to know about an abscess, and how to prevent them? Let’s take a look.

What is it?
An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms inside a tooth after that tooth has become infected. That doesn’t sound good, does it? The pocket of pus can actually cause issues with your gums, exposing the root or dentin of your teeth. If these pockets of pus aren’t treated immediately, you run the risk of infecting other teeth and likely needing a root canal.

What does it do?
An abscess will lead to infection in the rest of your teeth if you don’t treat it. It affects the pulp – the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside your teeth – and can actually kill the pulp. If that dies, then your tooth will likely need to be extracted. A root canal is also recommended to make sure the infection doesn’t spread to other teeth. There’s also the risk of developing gum disease from an abscess.

How can I prevent them?
The best way to prevent an abscess is to practice stellar oral health. Brushing twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash are important steps to take in fighting against getting an abscess.

To learn more, call us today at 866-471-4028.