Common Dental Infections

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The healthier your teeth are, the happier you look. Thats why its important to take great care of your teeth by brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist. Dr. Edward Hill discusses some common dental infections in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

Dental caries is an infection caused by certain bacteria in your mouth. It destroys the enamel and dentin, the bone-like tissue under the enamel of your teeth. More common names for dental caries are cavities and tooth decay.

Taking care of your mouth is important. You and your family should visit a dentist each year, starting at one year of age.

You should brush and floss twice a day with toothpaste that contains fluoride. You can start teaching children to brush with a small amount of low-fluoride toothpaste when they are two years old.

Pulpitis is when the tooth pulp, the soft tissue inside the tooth that has nerves and blood vessels, gets inflamed. This happens when tooth decay is not treated.

Periodontal infection is an infection of the gums caused by a buildup of bacteria. If the gums are inflamed for more than six months, it can cause bone loss around the teeth.

You can prevent it by brushing, flossing and rinsing with mouthwash every day.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.