Can an abscessed tooth be prevented?

You can reduce the risk of developing a tooth abscess by seeing your dentist routinely and getting regular dental exams and cleanings. It’s also important to see your dentist if a tooth becomes loose or chipped. Oral hygiene is very important for dental health. At home, brush teeth twice a day and floss once a day.

How can I relieve the pain of a tooth infection?

Tooth pain is a sign that you should see your dentist. While you wait for your appointment, warm saltwater rinses and over-the-counter pain relievers can ease discomfort.

Last reviewed by a Cleveland Clinic medical professional on 08/24/2020.


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