An Alarming Question: Can A Tooth Infection Kill You?

An Alarming Question: Can A Tooth Infection Kill You?

The last thing we want to do in this article is instill a sense of fear in anyone, but the true answer to the question in the headline is “yes”. How is that possible? Through a common culprit known as bacteria.

There’s Good Bacteria…And Then There’s Bad Bacteria

There are over 400 types of bacteria that live inside your body at any given time. Fortunately, many of them are good bacteria such as acidophilus and Bifidobacterium. But you may have also heard about deadly bacterial conditions such as flesh-eating bacteria which can be contracted through a simple cut in the skin. A similar transference can occur with bacteria in our mouths.

How Oral Bacteria Manifests into Something More Sinister

When bacteria from the food we eat gets stuck in our teeth and gums, the result is often an infected tooth. And just like any other cuts in your body, the bacteria can attack your tooth until it’s no longer healthy. Some patients may experience a periapical abscess at the base of a tooth as a result of the untreated infection. Gingival or gum abscesses are also common contributors to a leading cause of dental emergencies in Apache Junction, commonly grouped as a periodontal abscess.

Symptoms of an Abscessed Tooth or Oral Infection

If left untreated, an infection from a tooth abscess can spread throughout your body and into your bloodstream or bones as it makes its way to your vital organs. Although it’s uncommon for a dental concern to advance to the stage of fatality without medical intervention, it can happen. So, what are the symptoms you should be looking for? A few of the most common signs of an abscess include a throbbing pain near your tooth or gums, fever, pain when you’re chewing or biting, swollen or tender gums, tooth sensitivity, a bad taste in your mouth, or pain that radiates through your jaw, neck, and ears. And although any one of these symptoms on their own could be a sign of many other conditions, such as TMJ or oral cancer, they do signal the need for urgent dental care.

The Big Takeaway

All abscesses should be treated by a dentist near you such as Meridian Dental Care, even if they’ve already ruptured and you’re starting to feel some temporary relief. Call us today for a complete examination of the area to ensure the infection will not spread to other parts of your body.

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