There has been a lot of talk about viral infections lately. In this message from Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we concentrate on oral infections.
There are many causes of oral infections. In little ones, they are usually caused by tooth decay.
The dangers of ignoring oral infections
There can be serious consequences of putting off treatment. Oral infections can destroy teeth, gums and jawbone, and even lead to life-threatening sepsis.
In centuries past, tooth decay-related infection was a leading cause of death.
Possible symptoms of an oral infection
An oral infection doesn’t always result in pain. Bad breath, fever, swelling in the gums, glands or jaw, or a strange taste in the mouth can indicate the presence of an infection.
If an infection is caught and treated early, there may be no additional problems. However, usually the infection is the result of a dental issue that needs to be treated. If the infection is caused by tooth decay, the decay will have to be removed and the tooth filled. If the decay has penetrated to the pulp of the tooth, a root canal may be required.
At Blaisdell Family Dentistry in Boise, we want the best possible dental health for all our patients. Talk to us about any unusual oral infections you notice. We offer comprehensive family dentistry, and patients from Eagle, Meridian, and Sun Valley also come to us for cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next checkup today!
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