Many infections of the teeth, gums, and mouth can be painless in their early stages of development. Without routine visits to the dentist, many people affected by these infections can be completely unaware that they may be developing potentially devastating diseases like gingivitis and periodontal disease. In the later stages, these diseases can not only cause tooth loss but can move on to affect other parts of the body. Long Beach dentist Dr. Marvizi says there are numerous studies which show that serious diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and colon cancer, can begin with bacteria in the mouth. For these reasons, it is so important to maintain good daily dental hygiene practices at home, and to have routine dental visits at least twice a year so as to prevent or stop the progression of oral infection before it’s too late.
Do I Have An Oral Infection?
Chronic bad breath and a bad taste in your mouth are the most common indicators that you may have an oral infection says Dr. Marvizi. Swollen, bleeding gums and tissue can be another major sign of possible mouth infection.
Other Symptoms Listed by the American Dental Association (ADA) Include:
- Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
- Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
- Any change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
- Any change in the fit of partial dentures
What Causes Oral Infections?
Dr. Marvizi says any of the following can contribute to oral infections:
- Lack of dental care
- Poor oral hygiene
- Acid reflux
- Smoking or chewing tobacco
- Drinking alcohol
- Poor diet
- Crooked teeth that are hard to keep clean
If you think you might have an oral infection, Long Beach dentists Dr. Marvizi & Dr. Rayhan here at Apollonia Dental Long Beach are here to help you create a customized treatment plan that will significantly improve the health of your teeth and gums. If you need a teeth cleaning and exam, or would like to learn more about how to implement good dental hygiene practices to maintain your optimal oral health, please call our Long Beach dental office today at (562) 595-4123 or send an email to JMarviziDDS@yahoo.com.