What Is Dental Infection?
Bacteria which live in cavities, attack everything within it, and destroy your toothâ€™s living pulp. This leaves behind rotting tissue and living bacteria; a situation ripe for a dental infection. Moreover, this rotting material seeps out of the ends of the tooth and also infects the gums and bones surrounding it and cause dental abscess. It can result in you losing the tooth. An infected tooth is in effect, a tooth that is already dead.
Dental infection is an infection that affects both the tooth as well as the gums surrounding the oral cavity. Its two main known causes are:
1.Tooth Abscess: This happens when the bone that is supporting the tooth gets infected; unlike in a tooth decay wherein the decay occurs inside the tooth. Unfortunately, you may not even know you have an abscessed tooth, as it doesnâ€™t necessarily cause pain and you may live with it unknowingly for years.
2.Dental Decay: Here, the infection directly harms the pulp tissue. As a rule, when bacteria attack a toothâ€™s oral cavity, your body releases white blood cells and antibodies to attack and destroy the bacteria. Minor infections are thus, controlled this way. This is not so with a tooth infection as the infection itself prevents your natural defenders from working.
The other two causes of tooth infection are tooth fractures and gum disease.
The infection from an infected tooth, if neglected, can not only spread but affect the other parts of your body as well. Symptoms of infection are as follows:
Swelling and pain in the infected tooth.
Excessive salivation coupled with a foul taste in your mouth.
Bleeding gums that sometime appear swollen and red.
Insomnia, lack of appetite and fever.
Teeth discoloration and bad breath.
Jaw, mouth or face swelling.
Occurrence of spasms in the muscles of the jaw.