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Do you know what you could do about a tooth infection? Similarly, what do you know about abscesses? You may have heard that the two are virtually the same. While the two are quite similar, there are a few important differences you should know about—especially if you’re dealing with one of these issues.  However, regardless of whether you’re dealing with a tooth infection or an abscess, you’ll need to visit our experienced team.

As you probably know, your body tends to fight off infections fairly well. However, your teeth are something of an exception. You see, tooth infections typically happen in the center of your tooth, meaning you won’t be able to get antibodies to the infection. So, to address a tooth infection, you’ll likely need root canal therapy.

Tooth infections can be caused when decay or trauma kill your nerve. If you have a tooth infection it may spread quickly. Sadly, this infection can also spread to the area between your tooth and your jaw bone. This can lead to a painful abscess. Fortunately, your body may be able to fight the abscess for a time, but it won’t be able to treat the infection in your tooth.

If you can prevent a tooth infection—or catch and address the problem quickly—you may be able to avoid an abscess altogether. However, there are a few things you should be able to do to reduce your chances of having a tooth infection. For instance, brushing and flossing can help you avoid these issues. Similarly, you should visit your dentist once every six months. Also, by following a healthy diet—with plenty of fruits and vegetables—you may be able to avoid decay.

If you’re interested in learning more about a tooth infection or an abscess, please don’t hesitate to contact Ohio Urgent Dental Care at 614-875-7070. Dr. Steven W. Huber, DDS and our team will be happy to address any questions you may have.