What Can Happen If You Wait Too Long To Have An Infected Tooth Treated

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When you have an infected tooth, it is important to make sure that you are doing everything you can in order to get to the dentist right away. The sooner you get the problem treated, the better. However, some people will try to wait it out, even though that is not a good idea. To understand why that is not something that you would want to do, you will need to review the following information.

You Could Have A Very Hard Time Eating Anything

It might start off as a small struggle, where you only have to avoid chewing with the tooth that is infected. However, before you know it, any movement of your jaws with food in your mouth could result in you being in a lot of intense pain. This usually happens when the infection is not treated and it has spread throughout your mouth. The discomfort can make it near impossible for some people to eat enough food to keep up with their energy levels and the lack of nutrition will not help the situation since your body is already under attack by a nasty infection.

You Could End Up Missing A Lot Of Work

Some people will use the excuse of not having time to go to the dentist as the reason they put off getting their infected tooth taken care of. The problem is, as that infection grows and spreads, you will end up in so much pain that you might not be able to perform your job. You could then end up missing a lot more work than you would have if you were to simply take care of the infected tooth as soon as you could have.

The Infection Can Get Into Your Blood Stream

There have been many people who have found themselves admitted to the hospital because an infection that started small and in their tooth spread into their blood stream. This is not only a very painful situation to deal with, but it can be incredibly dangerous. In rare cases, people have lost their lives because of the infection spreading and their body becoming septic.

Now that you can see why it is so important for you to get your infected tooth treated as soon as possible, you will want to give your dentist a call if you are having issues. If you do not currently have a dentist, you will need to call around to see who is accepting new patients and who can get you in to be seen as soon as possible.

Contact a professional like Clendenon Kirby DDS to learn more.


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Fluoride: Why I Drink Tap Water

When the bottled water craze began, I jumped on the bandwagon with everyone else who was drinking water from bottles instead of from the tap. I wasn't sure why bottled water was healthier, but I liked the taste. When I went for my next dental check-up, I had my first cavity in a while, so I had it filled and didn't think much of it. Well, I had two more during my next check-up after that, and I began trying to think of why my teeth were suddenly going bad. The only change in my habits was the switch to bottled water, so I made the switch back to tap water and my teeth began to improve. I created this blog to encourage others who have begun getting cavities suddenly to look into their changes in habits. They may find they made a change similar to mine.