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A bad tooth can make you sick. Decayed teeth can lead to infections or dental abscesses. When left untreated, an infection can spread to gums and other areas, leading to possible health problems.


Tooth pain can be caused by decay, damaged dental fillings, repetitive motions, infected gums, fractures and abscesses, according to WebMD. Tooth discomfort varies from sharp, stabbing pain to throbbing pain.


According to the American Association of Endodontists, tooth pain when biting down can indicate dental issues that include cracked teeth, tooth decay, damaged tooth pulp or loose fillings. It is important for individuals with tooth pain to consult with a dentist to ensure proper diagnosis and treatm


Common symptoms of a tooth infection or abscessed tooth include redness and swelling of the gums, pain while chewing, and throbbing, sharp or shooting pains around the tooth, according to WebMD. A tooth infection may also produce sensitivity to hot or cold beverages.


According to Ala Moana Dental Care, a dead tooth is any tooth that has permanent damage to its inner nerve. Trauma, decay, excessive clenching of the teeth and gum disease can all result in the death of a tooth. It is important for patients to explore treatment options to prevent an unchecked infect


Different tooth diseases include anodontia, hypodontia, dental caries and dental abscesses, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the National Institutes of Health, MedlinePlus and WebMD. Anodontia is a rare disorder where a person never develops teeth, says the National Organiz


According to Donna S. Bautista, DDS, for MedicineNet, home remedies for tooth infections only help treat pain, and they are not recommended by doctors to treat the spread of bacteria. Patients can take over-the-counter pain medications, such as naproxen and ibuprofen, or they can use saltwater rinse


Treatment options for a cracked tooth include filling the crack, fitting the tooth with a crown, extracting the tooth and replacing it with a prosthesis and leaving the tooth in its current condition, as stated by the American Association of Endodontists. The treatment depends on the size of the cra


When teeth are extracted, bad breath is to be expected especially if the tooth gets infected. It usually clears up as the infection drains out and the site heals. Normal post-extraction bad breath can be eliminated by rinsing the mouth several times a day with a solution of 1 teaspoon salt to 1 cup


Under most conditions, a loose tooth is treatable. Treatments vary widely and factors such as extent of mobility, the time that has elapsed, and the cause of the loosening affect the options available.