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Why Oral Infections Are So Dangerous


Posted on 2/10/2020 by Huronia Oral Surgery Group
Why Oral Infections Are So DangerousOral infections can affect any part of your mouth, including your cheeks, tongue, gums, and teeth. It's even possible that the pulp of your tooth can get infected without you even realizing there's an issue.

These infections are a major concern, but because the bacteria can sneak into a tooth or your gums through small wounds and holes that you may not even see, it's easy to not realize that you have one. If you do believe you have an oral infection, though, it is vital that you call us as soon as you can to set up an appointment.

Oral Infections Can Turn Septic

Sepsis is a serious condition that occurs when you develop an infection. It's often referred to as blood poisoning, although this term isn't exactly correct. Sepsis is how the body responds to infections, but, it's a dangerous response. In most cases, the body won't go into sepsis, but anything from a urinary tract infection to severe pneumonia can trigger it. A third of all people who develop sepsis die from it, while many of the rest are often left with chronic pain, damaged organs, and other serious conditions.

Signs You Have an Oral Infection

Oral infections have a number of symptoms, but these symptoms are shared with other conditions. Bad breath, a bad taste in the mouth, swollen gums, and a sensitivity to hot or cold can all be signs of an infection, but they're also signs of gum disease or a bad cavity. Even if you experience swollen glands or some swelling in your jaw, you may not realize it's caused by an oral infection.

Fortunately, if we catch an oral infection early, it can usually be treated with antibiotics. We may also drain the infection, depending on where it is and how severe it is. If you're concerned that you have an oral infection, don't wait until it becomes worse. Call us today to make an appointment.
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