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How can you prevent tooth infections?

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Good dental habits can help keep your teeth and gums healthy:

  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice a day for at least two minutes each time.
  • Don’t rinse your mouth with mouthwash or water immediately after brushing -- that can take the protective toothpaste off your teeth.
  • Floss at least once a day to clean between your teeth and under your gums.
  • Cut down on sugary and starchy drinks and foods, especially between meals and right before bed.
  • See your dentist for regular checkups.

SOURCES:

NHS Choices: “Dental Abscess.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tooth Abscess, Treatment.”

American Association of Endodontists: “Abscessed Teeth.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on June 16, 2019

SOURCES:

NHS Choices: “Dental Abscess.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tooth Abscess, Treatment.”

American Association of Endodontists: “Abscessed Teeth.”

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on June 16, 2019

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