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Any infection is bad and should be addressed promptly. However, a chronic oral infection can start out as regular tooth decay. Good oral hygiene can reduce the risk of gum disease or tooth decay developing into something more serious.
Oral infections often begin as a painful tooth and/or inflamed gums. If the infection is allowed to spread, there may be increased pain, nausea and swelling of the jaw or neck.
Bacteria may also enter the blood stream, moving the infection around the body and causing additional symptoms or health problems.
There is some debate in medical fields regarding the link between periodontal disease and conditions such as kidney or cardiovascular disease. A definite link between periodontal disease and diabetes has been identified. Patients with gum disease are more likely to suffer from diabetes.
Tooth decay and gum disease are the most common causes of chronic oral infection, by making it easier for bacteria to build up and enter the body.
Left unchecked, tooth decay can spread into the nerves in the tooth and further into the jawbone. Inflamed gums can also lead to the jawbone to become infected.
The best treatment is prevention, including regular check-ups to identify and treat tooth decay and gum disease before they develop into more serious and painful problems. However, if chronic oral infection does occur, you should see your dentist as soon as possible.
It is important to respond quickly to chronic oral infection. Learn more about effective treatment of gum disease.
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