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What is an Abscess?

A dental abscess is an upsurge of pus that forms inside the gums or teeth. This is usually caused by an infection. There are two different areas in which the abscess can form. The first one happens at the top of the root which is called a periaphical (Per-e-AP-ih-kul) and the second abscess can occur in the gums at the side of the tooth root which is called a (per-e-o-DON-tul).  Either can occur when there is a dental decay, an injury or prior dental work

What do dentists do to treat an Abscess?

Unfortunately an abscess won’t disappear without treatment; even if the abscess were to rupture you will still need treatment.  A dentist will treat the area or tooth by getting rid of the infection by draining the pus. In some cases the tooth can be saved by doing a root canal treatment but if the infection is too large it may need to be extracted.  Leaving an abscess untreated can lead to serious complications in the future. An abscess can spread to your jaw and other areas of your neck and head if it is left untreated.


Some symptoms of a tooth abscess are:

  • Severe, persistent, throbbing toothache that can radiate to the jawbone, neck or ear
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Sensitivity to the pressure of chewing or biting
  • Fever
  • Swelling in your face or cheek
  • Tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck
  • Sudden rush of foul-smelling and foul-tasting, salty fluid in your mouth and pain relief, if the abscess ruptures
  • Difficulty breathing or swallowing

What can you do to prevent an abscess?

In order to prevent a tooth abscess, you would need to prevent decay. Taking care of your teeth by

  • Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste
  • Visiting your dentist at least twice an year for a clean and check up
  • Eat healthy foods and limit the sugar you intake
  • Replace your toothbrush regularly (every 4 months or when the bristles are frayed)
  • Use dental floss to clean between your teeth



Information from:

Tooth Abscess

Mayo Clinic – Tooth Abscess


What to do about thumb sucking?

What to do about thumb sucking?

How can thumb sucking effect my child’s teeth?

After teeth start developing in your child, thumb sucking can cause problems. The proper growth alignment of the teeth can change dur to the motion of thumb sucking. Pacifiers can also affect teeth in the same way as thumb sucking.


How can I help my child stop thumb sucking?

  • Some helpful tips to help you child stop thumb sucking can be praise them for not sucking their child. Place a calendar and strike the day your child hasn’t sucked their thumb to show how well their doing. Some kids are highly motivated with visual representations of their progress.
  • For an older child, involved them in choosing a method to stop.
  • Children often suck their thumb because their feeling insecure and need comfort. Try focusing on providing comfort to your child.
  • If all these tips fail consult your dentist