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Fatal Cases of Toothaches

By Eskanisa R

20 October 2020

Good oral and dental hygiene can help prevent these diseases.

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Toothaches are common in older children and adults. Unfortunately, most people do not see the dentist as soon as possible. In reality, mouth and teeth will have an impact on overall body health.
 
Toothaches refers to pain around teeth (gums) and may radiate to check yet accompanies with loss of appetite or inability to eat. You could imagine how toothaches could in turn lead to weight loss and malnutrition. Moreover, Medical News defines another fatal cases of ignoring a simple toothache as listed down below be the same as death.

1. Abscess
A tooth abscess caused by bacterial infection. A bacterial infection form a collection of pus in teeth or gums leading to pain at the site of the abscess. The most common type of abscesses are periapical (around tooth root), periodontal (on the gum next to the root), and gingival (on the gums). Symptoms of an abscess may include fever, pain that spreads to your ear, jaw, neck as well as affected tooth or gum, redness and swelling in your face and bad breath.

2. Heart Disease
Numerous studies show periodontal abscess is associated with elevated levels of disease including heart disease. When gums are injured, they can bleed and allowing bacteria access to your bloodstream. Bacteria that enter the bloodstream, and settle in the heart lining causing infection which also known as infective endocarditis. But, people with some heart conditions have a great risk of developing it. Hence, people need to brush teeth twice per day and have regular dental check-ups.

3. Cancer
Boldsky defines bacteria P. gingivalis is responsible for gum disease and present in the esophagus of patients with squamous cell esophageal cancer (found in the upper and middle esophagus) while T. forsythia was linked with higher risk of esophageal adenocarcinoma cancer.

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