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You are likely among the many who do not realize the ways that issues in the mouth can affect other parts of the 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. A tooth infection can spread to the brain through the blood vessels. 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 abscessed tooth can also cause a face and jaw infection which can restrict airways. Infection can also 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. David Edlund urges you to visit our office regularly for dental cleanings in Lakewood, Colorado. In this way, any dental issues can be caught and treated early. In addition, schedule an appointment with our dentist at our office immediately if you have a toothache or another dental emergency.