Tooth decay and infection are never pleasant. The most common cause of tooth infection is simply as a result of teeth not being cleaned thoroughly. As we eat food, bacteria and eventually plaque can build up, as they feed off the scraps of food left between and on the teeth.
Bacteria then use the sugars and starches in food scraps in order to release acid. This acid wears away the enamel on the surface of teeth, which can lead to holes or cavities. These holes weaken the teeth, and create further opportunities for bacteria to enter the dental chamber.
As bacteria get in, infection can happen very easily. Teeth can then suffer further damage and it may even be necessary to remove the tooth, to prevent pain and further infection spreading. If tooth infection reaches into the soft tissue inside the tooth, called dental pulp, it can spread to the root canal system, and cause a painful abscess.
How to prevent dental infection
To prevent infection, a good oral hygiene routine is necessary for all patients in Central London. Brush regularly, using a fluoride toothpaste, and be sure to floss in between teeth as well, or use an interdental brush, to remove scraps of food and bacteria, which can build up in these areas and cannot be reached using a normal toothbrush.
An antiseptic mouthwash is also useful in fighting bacteria, as it also reaches parts of the mouth that a normal toothbrush cannot and ensures that all of your mouth will be cleaned. It is also worthwhile to have your teeth professionally cleaned by a dental hygienist. The advanced tools used by a professional hygienist will allow for an even more thorough clean than is possible at home, removing plaque from harder-to-reach places, and ‘polishing’ the teeth to give the tooth surface a smoother feel.