A dental abscess is a collection of pus either in or near a particular tooth, and is normally caused by a bacterial infection. Types of dental abscess: the first is a periapical abscess, This is where the abscess starts in the centre of the tooth (dental pulp). If you are not looking after your teeth, soon you could have tooth decay, where your tooth looses its protective layer of enamel. If you have tooth decay it is much easier for bacteria to get into the centre of the tooth and cause an infection which could then lead onto having an periapical abscess.
Gum disease is a swelling of tissues around the teeth which can cause the gum to come away from the tooth, therefore causing pockets to appear which bacteria can get into and potentially causing a periodontal abscess. This type of abscess may also be caused by heavy of fast brushing to the teeth, if you do not brush your teeth gently you can risk damaging the gum or the periodontium.
To prevent against dental abscesses start looking after your teeth, good dental hygiene is the key. The signs of a dental abscess are toothaches, swelling of the gum or face, loose or tender teeth, feeling unwell, having a temperature and trouble with swallowing . If left you are putting the health of your teeth and even yourself at risk, abscesses need treatment.