An abscessed tooth is a collection of pus that results from infection. It can occur either at the root of the tooth or between the gum and the tooth. It can be caused by breaking or chipping of the tooth, gingivitis, gum disease, a failed root canal, or most commonly, tooth decay. Something like an untreated tooth cavity or a crack in the tooth can cause openings in the tooth enamel, where bacteria can then infect the pulp of the teeth. This can also be spread from the tooth to the booths underneath that are supporting the teeth.
Bad breath is one of those embarrassing issues people try to avoid talking about, and if you think you are suffering from bad breath, or to give it its proper name, halitosis, then you’ll probably need to ask good friend or family member to tell you the horrid truth. But what causes this common condition?
- Bad breath is caused by bacteria building up in your mouth, and this can create areas of inflammation and infection, and the bacteria can give off noxious gases. These gases can frequently smell sulphurous, or even worse.
- It is estimated around 80% of bad breath is caused by some kind of disease or inflammation in the oral cavity. For instance, if you suffer from gum disease then bad breath is often one of the symptoms. Similarly dental decay and cavities can create bad breath as these conditions are created by bacteria attacking the surface of the teeth.
- If you fail to brush or floss thoroughly, then particles of food can become trapped in between your teeth, and they’ll gradually rot and will begin to emit foul smells.
- Failing to clean a denture properly can also result in bad breath, as it will be covered in particles of old and rotting food as well as plaque bacteria.