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An abscess is one of the most uncomfortable oral health problems you might have the misfortune of dealing with. They can cause longer-lasting infections that may lead to serious issues down the road.

Here’s the good news – you can do a lot of things to make sure that you absolutely never have to deal with an abscess. They’re simple, easy, and take almost no time at all. Dr. Alison Scott and Dr. Rhesa Bautista at Lasting Impressions Dental Group in Houston, Texas have seen this tips work to prevent abscesses for years. So take it from us – these can help you say absolutely no to abscesses!

What is it?
An abscess is a pocket of pus that forms inside a tooth, after that tooth has become infected. That doesn’t sound good, does it? The pocket of pus can actually cause issues with your gums, exposing the root or dentin of your teeth. If these pockets of pus aren’t treated immediately, you run the risk of infecting other teeth and likely needing a root canal.

What does it do?
An abscess will lead to infection in the rest of your teeth if you don’t treat it. It affects the pulp – the living bundle of nerves and blood vessels inside your teeth – and can actually kill the pulp. If that dies, then your tooth will likely need to be extracted. A root canal is also recommended to make sure the infection doesn’t spread to other teeth. There’s also the risk of developing gum disease from an abscess.

How can I prevent them?
The best way to prevent an abscess is to practice stellar oral health. Brushing twice daily, flossing, and using mouthwash are important steps to take in fighting against getting an abscess.

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