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You might have heard that brushing for two minutes twice a day is an important part of keeping your teeth healthy. You may also know that you should schedule two appointments with us every year and that you should contact us if you experience a dental emergency. If you don’t follow these simple steps, you could have to cope with several more serious issues. For instance, had you heard that inadequate brushing or failing to cope with these problems could actually cause an abscess?

Sadly, an abscess can actually be fairly painful and might cause several fairly serious issues. An abscess is essentially a pocket of pus that gather inside your smile. Because abscesses can actually form if you chip or crack one of your pearly whites, having these issues addressed as soon as possible can help you keep your smile healthy. A cavity might also continue to spread until it’s reached the center of a tooth, which can cause an abscess. Brushing, flossing, and visiting us for regular checkups could also help you prevent abscesses.

You should also know that there are several signs of an abscess that you can watch for. If you feel pain when you bite into a favorite food or have a persistent toothache, we recommend calling Barry Family Dental at 801-226-0441 as soon as you can. If you have an unusual taste in your mouth, you should also contact us. If you’d like to learn more about dealing with an abscess in Orem, Utah, we’ll be glad to help. Our dentist, Dr. David Barry, and our team will be happy to inspect your teeth and to give you personalized advice. We’re excited to receive your call!