Dental abscesses are painful sores filled with fluid that can develop underneath the teeth, in the gums or in the supportive bone structure below. The most common sign of a dental abscess is severe pain, which tends to come on gradually and then get worse with time.
Abscesses are caused by harmful bacteria and they can make life pretty grim. However, they are avoidable and with these simple steps you can dramatically reduce your chances of developing one:
Regular dental checks are not just important for preventing decay and gum disease. They also help to reduce the risk of dental infections, which may result in the formation of an abscess. Ideally, we recommend routine check-ups every six months for patients of all ages.
Seeing a dental hygienist has amazing benefits for all patients, even those who have a clean bill of oral health and sparkling white teeth. Hygienists provide deep cleaning treatments to target areas of the mouth that are often missed when you brush and remove traces of plaque and bacteria.
Good oral hygiene
Good oral hygiene will stand you in good stead to fight off dental diseases. We recommend brushing twice a day (once in the morning and once in the evening) for a minimum of 2 minutes each time, and flossing daily. Brushing and flossing remove bacteria and food debris, helping to prevent the development of plaque. They also help to clean and polish the teeth to make the smile look healthy and bright.
A healthy diet
Certain foods and drinks can spell bad news for the teeth and gums, as they contain sugar or have a low pH value. Both factors contribute to acid erosion of the tooth enamel. Avoiding sugary and acidic foods and drinks, especially between meals, can help to reduce your risk of dental abscesses.
If you experience sudden, throbbing dental pain, don’t suffer in silence. If you have an abscess, you should seek urgent dental help.