Tooth Infection Causes Tooth Loss
One of the most frequent causes for tooth loss is tooth infection, which is caused by bacteria in the mouth.
The good news is that tooth infection can be easily prevented by good oral hygiene. Also, tooth infection usually takes a long time to develop, so it can be spotted at an early stage by a dentist.
If it is not detected and treated, tooth infection can be dangerous. Apart from eroding the teeth, bacteria can also enter the blood stream and can reach the heart, causing serious diseases such as bacterial endocarditis. People who have pacemakers or artificial heart valves are especially prone to infection that started in the oral cavity, World Dental informs.
In order to prevent infections, people should ensure they take good care of their teeth by brushing and flossing regularly. Bacteria starts to attack teeth several minutes after eating and over time, they will destroy the tooth enamel completely, which will result in tooth decay. If this is not treated, the infection can spread and affect the bone around the tooth and can cause an abscess.
Signs of an abscess:
- The presence of pus
- Foul smell and taste in the mouth
- Feeling of one or more teeth moving while chewing.
If any of these symptoms are present, an immediate visit to the dentist is recommended.