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What are symptoms of a possible oral infection?

The symptoms of an oral health infection depend on the type of oral health problem. Problems can range from tooth decay to periodontal (gum) disease. If you are concerned about your oral health you should speak with your dentist. They will be able to diagnose and discuss possible treatments. The best treatment for oral health problems is always preventative care. Brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing and scheduling regular dental checkups can help to prevent most oral health problems.

An oral infection is a cluster of germs causing problems in one area of your mouth. Here are some warning signs:
  • Swelling or pus around your teeth or gums or any place in your mouth. Swelling can be large, or as small as a pimple.
  • Pain in the mouth or sinus area that doesn't go away
  • White or red patches on your gums, tongue, cheeks or the roof of your mouth
  • Pain when chewing
  • Teeth that hurt when you eat something cold, hot or sweet, or when you chew
  • Dark spots or holes in your teeth

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