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Dental abscess


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Symptoms of a dental abscess include intense toothache, painful gums, a bad taste in your mouth and a swollen face or jaw.

While waiting for treatment for a dental abscess, you can ease the pain by taking painkillers, eating soft foods and using a soft toothbrush.

A dental abscess will not go away without treatment. A dentist will need to drain the abscess and treat the cause of the infection.

Causes of a dental abscess include an impacted tooth, tooth decay, gum disease, and injuries to the teeth or gums.

Things you can do to help prevent dental abscesses include brushing your teeth at least twice a day, and having regular dental check-ups.

A dental abscess is a build-up of pus in the teeth or gums caused by an infection.

Page last reviewed: 20/06/2022
Next review due: 20/06/2025