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Periodontal Abscess: Cause, Treatment, and Prevention Methods

Posted on 5/15/2024 by Weo Admin
A periodontal or gum abscess is a pocket of pus that forms in your gum tissue. It appears as a red lump bulging out from your swollen gum. While periodontal abscesses are common and can afflict anyone, they are more prevalent in people with poor oral hygiene. If left untreated, these abscesses can cause throbbing pain in the surrounding tissues, fever, and long-term damage to your teeth and gums. For this reason, it is crucial to schedule an appointment with our dentist if you notice one starting to form.

What Causes Periodontal Abscesses?

Periodontal abscesses are most common in individuals suffering from periodontal disease. When you do not adhere to good oral hygiene habits like regular brushing and flossing, bacteria-filled plaque builds up on the surface of your teeth and gums. Eventually, your gums become inflamed, an early sign of gum disease. If left untreated, the infection can progress into periodontal disease and potentially cause gum abscesses.

Another common cause of periodontal abscess is a weakened immune system. When the defenses of your body are weak, it is hard to combat and heal from infections. This increases the likelihood of aggressive gum infections leading to periodontal abscesses. Conditions that can weaken your immune system include HIV and cancer.

How To Prevent Periodontal Abscesses

The best way to prevent periodontal abscesses is to maintain an excellent oral hygiene routine. Ideally, you should brush your teeth after meals and floss once every day to remove food particles between your teeth.

In addition to maintaining good oral hygiene, regular dental appointments play a crucial role in the prevention and early detection of gum infections. During these visits, our dentist can provide professional cleaning, remove any plaque or tartar buildup, and examine your teeth and gums for any signs of infection or disease.

Contact Us Today

Maintaining healthy gums is vital to your smile and well-being. If you suspect you may be experiencing early signs of gum infection, contact us today to schedule a consultation with our periodontist.
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