Typically when a tooth gets an infection is it due to bacterial contamination of the root pulp. The bacteria make their way through the tooth structure and eventually it enters the pulp of the tooth. The pulp of the tooth is integrated into the blood stream of your ENTIRE body thus we don't want to allow these VIRULENT bacteria to cause damage elsewhere in your body! An abscess is where there is a proliferation of bacteria that are causing damage at the tip of the root of the tooth. They keep multiplying in the bone of your upper or lower jaw. This process is (obviously) very painful which cause pain, swelling and a general lethargic feeling.
Did you know that the health of your mouth affects the healthy of your whole body? When you have a bacterial infection in your mouth, it allows that same bacteria to travel into your blood system.
The spread of this infection has been directly linked to heart attack, stroke, diabetes and numerous other serious conditions. At SunBrite Dental, it is our goal to help you achieve optimal overall health. Signs of oral infection can be bleeding gums that are puffy or red, foul odor, tenderness or pain. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or if it's been a while since you've seen a dentist, call us today to schedule an examination. We look forward to seeing you soon!