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Tooth Infections

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A tooth infection, or an abscessed tooth, is a painful infection. This infection usually occurs between the tooth and the gum, or inside the root of the tooth. A tooth infection is usually caused by severe tooth decay, but can also happen when a tooth is chipped or broken.

There are several symptoms of an abscessed tooth in your child, none of which should be ignored. These symptoms include:

  • Sensitivity of the teeth to hot or cold
  • Pain when chewing
  • Fever
  • Bitter taste
  • Foul smelling breath
  • Swollen glands
  • Open sores in the mouth or gums
  • Redness and swelling of the gums
  • Swollen area of the upper or lower jaw

If your child is complaining of any of the above symptoms, it’s important to bring them in as soon as possible. The sooner an infection is caught, the less severe it will get.

An abscessed tooth can be avoided if you make sure to teach your child good oral hygiene and call our office in Parker, Colorado immediately if you think your child may have a tooth infection.