As we know, the mouth is a breeding site for bacteria.
If you suffer from a bacterial infection, this can lead to an abscess, where pus forms inside the teeth, gums or the bones that hold the teeth in place.
What is an abscess and how do you treat it?
If you are waiting for an appointment to have your abscess treated, there are some things you can do yourself.
Make a rinse with warm salt water and use this three times daily to reduce toothache and cleanse the infected area.
It may also be helpful to use over-the-counter pain relief medication, avoid hot and cold foods and use a soft, gentle toothbrush.
Symptoms of a dental abscess
The severity of an abscess ranges – sometimes it is just a tiny lump inside your mouth, and sometimes it can be a large sore visible on the outside of your mouth.
Some symptoms of an abscess include:
- Swelling or lump under skin
- Pain and tenderness in the affected area
- Heat from the area
- Visible build-up of puss
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