Primarily, it is the lack of good oral hygiene practices that can lead to tooth decay, gingivitis and abscesses of the teeth. A tooth abscess occurs when harmful oral bacteria accumulate around the root or dead pulp of a tooth and develop into a pocket of pus. Unless this abscess is treated, the bacteria-rich pus will continue to erode the decaying tooth and reach into the surrounding gums, possibly infecting other teeth as well.
Three types of dental abscesses can affect the teeth and gums: gingival, periapical and periodontal.
Dental and gum abscesses do not go away on their own. Depending on the type and severity of the abscess, treatment may include one or more of the following:
Root canals are done when a tooth can be repaired and saved from extreme decay due to abscesses and poor oral hygiene. The procedure may take one to two hours and involves removing the pulp and nerve tissue of a tooth so that the dentist can sterilize the inside of the tooth and seal it without leaving any bacteria behind. Teeth do not necessarily require nerve tissue to continue functioning since this tissue exists only to provide hot or cold sensations. As long as the root and underlying bone support of a tooth appears intact, a dentist may be able to save a tooth affected by an abscess.
The best way to prevent oral abscess eruptions is to practice excellent oral health. Brushing twice a day, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash that contains ingredients beneficial to the elimination of anaerobic bacteria and other harmful mouth debris will give you healthy gums and teeth as well as fresh breath.
While the majority of over the counter oral hygiene products claim to give you good dental checkups if you use them regularly, the ingredients used in formulating these products may actually exacerbate halitosis and anaerobic bacterial growth. Substances like alcohol, which promotes dry mouth and oral infections, and sodium lauryl sulfate, an abrasive foaming agent found in many toothpastes, actually supply harmful oral bacteria with food by reducing saliva flow and sloughing off mouth tissue on which bacteria feed.
Only TheraBreath Oral Hygiene products can provide you with the benefits of ingredients that are specifically designed to eliminate the bad breath and funky taste associated with the development of oral abscesses. Created by bacteriologist and dentist Dr. Harold Katz, TheraBreath toothpastes, rinses and gargles contain naturally powerful ingredients like OXYD-8, a compound that increases saliva flow and enriches the mouth with oxygen molecules, and tea tree oil combined with xylitol to attack halitosis and bad tastes.
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Video on the Signs of a Tooth Abscess