The pain is the most obvious symptom that can present it, in sharp and intense occasions with a pulsating sensation, although it may not be present. It can also affect our daily routine with discomfort when chewing, swallowing or talking. In some cases it can cause halitosis (bad breath), painful swelling of the neck ganglia and even fever. The causes of its appearance are diverse:
Tooth decay. When a caries attacks the tooth, it can cause the bacteria to infect its pulp, the root and even the adjacent bone.
Pulpitis. It is an inflammation of the pulp of the tooth (the soft tissue that contains the nerves and the blood vessels) that can be caused by an advanced caries, a dental fracture or an infection.
Periodontitis. The accumulation of bacterial plaque can manifest itself in the form of gingivitis (inflammation of the gum) that, not treated in time, can lead to periodontitis, a deep infection of the gum that causes bone loss, dental mobility and, in the last case, the loss of teeth
In short, a poor oral hygiene can be the first ticket for us to suffer a phlegm on because it can cause oral problems that cause bacterial infection.
What can happen if I do not go to the dentist?
The phlegm on dental infection can spread to other parts, including the cheek, maxillary sinus (causing sinusitis), nasal passages, neck or tongue, among others.
An infection can turn into a serious disease that, in the most extreme cases, could put our lives at risk. That is why if we notice the appearance of a phlegm on, even if it does not hurt, we must go to our dentist immediately, who depending on the case and severity will estimate the most appropriate treatment, which will go from fighting infection, pain and inflammation with antibiotics and anti-inflammatories; a drain to remove the pus; endodontic or surgical cleaning; and, only in cases where the teeth are too damaged, should be removed as soon as possible.
The prevention is key to avoid this and other oral health problems. A good oral hygiene with a routine of correct brushing, prophylaxis or “cleanings” performed by a professional to eliminate bacterial plaque and visit the dentist regularly will prevent us from going through complicated and expensive treatments.