How a Tooth Infection Can Affect Your Overall Health

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You may be among the many who do not realize the ways that issues in the mouth can affect other parts of the body. An abscessed tooth, an infection which usually results from severe tooth decay, occurs at the root of a tooth. An abscessed tooth manifests as a very bad toothache. A few other symptoms include:

– Fever
– Pain or discomfort when eating
– Very bad breath
– Red, swollen gums
– Swollen neck glands
– Swollen jaw

This infection is easily spread to other parts of the body. A tooth infection can spread to the brain through the blood vessels. This can lead to a brain abscess, and in severe cases, coma. Infection can also spread to the sinuses and cause a sinus infection. Bacteria can spread to the heart and cause a condition called bacterial endocarditis. An abscessed tooth can also cause a face and jaw infection which can restrict airways. Infection can spread to the lungs. The bacteria that cause diseases like bronchitis and pneumonia often come from the oral cavity. Poor oral health and oral hygiene can cause an increase in these bacteria before they spread to the lungs. So, the healthier the mouth, the healthier the lungs.

Dr. Eric Eidbo urges you to visit our office regularly for dental cleanings in Concord, California, to avoid tooth infection and other issues that could affect your overall health. In this way, any dental issues can be caught and treated early. In addition, schedule an appointment with our dentist at Oak Grove Dental immediately if you experience a toothache or another dental emergency.