Save Your Smile: How to Prevent and Treat Infected Teeth

Save Your Smile: How to Prevent and Treat Infected Teeth

You take care of your body, so why not show the same attention to your teeth and gums? Untreated dental infections can lead to a host of medical dangers and leave you with an unsightly smile. It’s essential to know how infection begins, prevention techniques, and options for treating infected teeth if necessary. Fortunately, with the right knowledge – plus regular cleanings at your dentist’s office – you can maintain good gum health and a beautiful smile for years to come! In this blog post, we discuss the causes of tooth infection, how to prevent the infection from occurring, and various treatments available for restoring healthy teeth and gums.

When it comes to preventing and treating infected teeth, poor hygiene is often the main culprit. This includes not brushing or flossing your teeth regularly, as well as leaving plaque and tartar buildup on your enamel. If these bacteria aren’t removed, they can cause decay which leads to infection. Other causes of dental infections include deep cavities, cracked teeth, gum disease, abscesses and trauma from an accident or injury. 

To prevent tooth infection from occurring in the first place, you should make sure to brush twice a day (for two full minutes each time) with fluoride-containing toothpaste and floss at least once a day. Additionally, regular use of antiseptic mouthwash will help to prevent bad breath and protect your teeth from decay caused by lingering bacteria. Additionally, antiseptic mouthwashes can help to reduce inflammation in gums due to periodontitis, as well as provide improved overall oral health. Moreover, visit your dentist every six months for routine cleanings and check-ups. This will help remove any plaque that could be leading to infection and give you the opportunity to discuss any changes in your dental health with your dentist. 

If you do end up with an infected tooth, there are several treatments available for restoring it back to a state of good health. Your dentist may suggest a root canal if the infection is severe enough that fillings won’t fix it. During this procedure, the nerve and pulp of the affected tooth are removed and then sealed off from further bacterial exposure. Alternatively, your dentist might opt for a simple filling that can seal out bacteria without getting rid of the nerve or pulp entirely. Antibiotics may also be prescribed by your doctor in order to reduce swelling and help the healing process. 

Taking care of your teeth and gums is an important part of maintaining overall health – and a beautiful smile! With proper hygiene and regular visits to the dentist, you can prevent infection from occurring in the first place. At the same time, if you are having any symptoms of an infected tooth or think your teeth may be decaying, it is important to contact us today at New Smiles Dental for an appointment as soon as possible. The damage from infected teeth can quickly worsen if left untreated, leading to pain, infection, and even complete tooth loss. We want you to be confident with your smile so with our services, we always make sure to take the time to understand each of our clients. Contact us today and let us help you keep your beautiful smile shining bright for years to come!