Your mouth is full of bacteria and it causes more problems than just cavities. The bacteria in your mouth can cause periodontitis, which is an inflammation of the gums. If you have underlying heart problems you can end up with problems a lot worse than just inflamed gums.
What Can Happen With Poor Oral Health
If you have heart problems such as a leaking heart valve, bacteria from your mouth can gain entry into your bloodstream. Dental patients with heart problems typically have to take antibiotics before and after their dental appointment. This helps to protect your heart from infection due to the bacteria from your mouth.
If you have an infected tooth you will feel lousy. If left untreated it will develop into an abscessed tooth. An abscessed tooth is nothing to play with. It does not get better on its own and it will get worse. The initial symptoms begin with pain and swelling. Your mouth may be red and this redness may spread to your face. You may also begin to feel fatigued bas your body gets ready to fight the infection. As the infection progresses, you will get a fever. You may get bouts of nausea or vomiting. You could also have chills or diarrhea.
If you get a dental abscess the only treatment is for the dentist to drain the infection from your tooth and treat or remove it. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (804) 554-5599.