When the enamel, the tooth's hard outer coating, is weakened, the inner dentin is exposed, allowing microtubules to enter the pulp chamber. Infections in the mouth start in the tooth or its supporting structures and spread to the surrounding tissue. Bacteria infecting the pulp and spreading to surrounding tissues is the most prevalent cause of dental infections. Infections can also affect the gums, creating gingivitis, which can lead to periodontal disease in the future. Patients with dental infections regularly visit primary care medical practitioners since the expenses are significantly lower than dental consultations, there is after-hours access, and many patients do not have a regular dentist. If the infection is not treated by a dentist, it can spread into and destroy the local alveolar bone, resulting in a tiny periapical abscess.
Prevention and Treatment for Dental Infections