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Did you know that infections and other issues in your mouth can affect other areas of your 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 common symptoms include:

– Fever
– Pain when eating
– Very bad breath
– Swollen, red gums
– Swollen neck glands
– Draining sores on the gums
– Swollen jaw

As an abscessed tooth is located in the mouth, this infection is easily spread to other parts of the body. Blood vessels can spread an infection from the mouth to the brain. 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 abscess on the tooth root can also cause a face and jaw infection that 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.

To avoid tooth infection and other oral issues that could affect your overall health, Dr. Jenny Hawkins urges you to visit our office regularly for dental cleanings in Lexington Park, Maryland. In this way, any dental issues can be caught and treated early. In addition, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with our dentist at Pax Dental immediately if you have a dental emergency like a toothache.