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Have you ever heard of a tooth abscess or a tooth infection? While the two can be caused by similar issues, there are actually a few important differences between the two. For instance, while both issues will need professional treatment, the treatments could be very different. Still, what are the differences between a tooth infection and an abscess?

As you probably know, your body tends to fight off infections fairly well. However, your teeth are something of an exception. You see, tooth infections typically happen in the center of your tooth, meaning you won’t be able to get antibodies to the infection. In other words, to address a tooth infection, you’ll need root canal therapy.

Tooth infections can be caused when decay or trauma kill your nerve. Unfortunately, if you have a tooth infection, it may spread quickly. Sadly, this infection can also spread to the area between your tooth and your jaw bone. This can lead to a painful abscess. Fortunately, your body may be able to fight the abscess for a time, but it won’t be able to treat the infection in your tooth.

If you prevent a tooth infection—or catch and address the problem quickly—you may be able to avoid an abscess altogether. However, there are a few things you should be able to do to reduce your chances of having a tooth infection. For instance, brushing and flossing can help you avoid these issues. Similarly, you should visit your dentist once every six months. Also, by following a healthy diet—with plenty of fruits and vegetables—you’ll be able to avoid decay.

Do you wonder what else you could consider doing to keep your teeth healthy and strong? Do you worry that you have a tooth infection or an abscess? Are you interested in learning anything else about your oral health? If so, please don’t hesitate to give our team at Brent Huckabay D.D.S. a call at 432-684-6672. Our entire team—including Dr. Brent Huckabay—look forward to hearing from you soon.