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If we told you that there are a few simple, easy steps to avoiding one of the most uncomfortable oral health issues you could potentially face, would you be interested?

There are a few simple tips to help you avoid getting an abscess, which is one of the more worrisome oral health problems we see in our patients. The good news is that the steps the team at Kurt A. Seidler DDS in Carrollton, Texas recommend really are simple!

To find out what those tips are, and what an abscess is, keep on reading.

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.

To learn more, call us today at 972-492-0411. Dr. Kurt Seidler and our team look forward to treating you!