7 Types of Common Mouth Infections

Good Oral Health Checklist

While sneezing can be the symptom of the viral infection known as the common cold; infections themselves are nothing to ignore or be taken lightly.  Infections are viral or bacterial microorganisms that invade the body adversely affecting normal body health and can often have their source from seven common mouth infections.

Seven Common Mouth Infections

1. Tooth Abscess: A bacterial infection to tooth layer under enamel called the pulp of a tooth comprised of nerves. Connective tissue and blood vessels as the result of tooth decay or gum disease, or a cracked tooth that allows the bacterial organism to grow unfettered. Untreated, the nerves in the tooth pulp die leading to an abscess.  The health symptoms of an abscessed tooth are moderate to severe pain, swelling, jaw pain, fever, possible trouble swallowing or even breathing.

2. Cold Sores: Commonly called "fever blisters," cold sores are viral infections like the common cold. Cold sores will appear on or around the lips as fluid-filled blisters. Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus, and are contagious, and spread by direct by close contact with other persons or contact with utensils and towels of the infected person. Reoccurring cold sores can be relieved by prescription anti-viral medications.

3. Canker Sores: While similar to the look of a cold sore, a canker sore is an aphthous ulcer or lesion that occurs on the soft tissue inside the mouth. Canker sores are not contagious and not a viral or bacterial infection but are auto-immune infections coming from eating spicy foods, rough foods that cut the mouth lining, or other sharp objects that can cut the lining in the mouth. Sores will usually heal in approximately one week. If canker sores last longer than two weeks, are unusually large or reoccur, or if there is high fever along with the sore a dentist should be consulted.

4. Aspirin Burn: Aspirin burn is oral tissue damage resulting in a shallow red ulcer that occurs when a person holds aspirin on a specific part of mouth until aspirin dissolves. Always swallow an aspirin immediately to avoid this mouth infection.

5.  Halitosis: The common name for Halitosis is bad breath. When bad breath is a chronic health condition, the cause may be a bacterial infection brought about by dental decay and cavities, a bacterial plaque that has affected gum tissue, or nose and bacterial throat infections that bring the bacteria to ‘feed’ upon the mucous produced by the virus.

6. Gingivitis: Gingivitis is a common bacterial infection causing inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Gingivitis infection can be reversed if caught early but left unchecked; such mouth infection can bring about such health risks as diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.

7. Dry Mouth: Officially known as the health condition xerostomia, dry mouth occurs when the salivary glands are not making enough saliva. The condition matters because saliva washes away the bacterial acids that are cause for tooth decay, gum disease, and bad breath. Saliva also aids in digestion.

Do you still have questions? Never hesitate to call our office to find out more information and set up a visit with a dentist to discuss any possible issues you have been having.

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