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You may not know the ways that infection and other issues in the mouth can affect other parts of the body. An abscessed tooth, which is an infection that usually results from severe tooth decay, occurs at the root of a tooth. An abscessed tooth manifests as a very bad toothache. A few other common symptoms include:

– Fever
– Pain when eating
– Bad halitosis
– Swollen, red gums
– Swollen neck glands
– Draining sores on the gums
– Swollen jaw

As an abscessed tooth is located in the mouth, this infection is easily spread to other parts of the body. A tooth infection can spread to the brain through the blood vessels. This can lead to a brain abscess, and in severe cases, coma. Infection can also spread to the sinuses and cause a sinus infection. Bacteria can spread to the heart and cause bacterial endocarditis. An abscessed tooth can also cause a face and jaw infection which can restrict airways. Infection can spread to the lungs. The bacteria that cause diseases like bronchitis and pneumonia often come from the oral cavity. Poor oral health and oral hygiene can cause an increase in these bacteria before they spread to the lungs. So, the healthier the oral cavity, the healthier the lungs.

To avoid an infection in the tooth and other oral issues that could affect your overall health, Dr. Scott Elrod urges you to visit our dental office at least twice a year for professional cleanings in Lake Jackson, Texas. In this way, any dental issues can be caught and treated early. In addition, schedule an appointment with our dentist at Distinctive Dental Services immediately if you have a toothache or another dental emergency.