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If you have tooth decay, you are likely familiar with the pain and discomfort that comes with it. You may be putting off getting treatment from a dentist due to financial concerns or dental anxiety. It is very important that you do not allow tooth decay to continue without treatment. Tooth decay and infections of the mouth can cause a number of health problems.

It All Starts in the Mouth

It is true that you are what you eat. Everything you put into your mouth finds its way to other parts of the body. The same is true of bacteria, infections, and tooth decay in the mouth. When you have tooth decay and infection, that infection can travel throughout your body. These infections can vary in intensity and location, and some infections can become very serious, even fatal.

Common Infections

There are some common areas of the body that can contract infections when you have severe tooth decay and infection in the mouth. The most common are bladder, UTI, and kidney infections. This is because the infection and decay in the mouth is being filtered through the body every time you eat and drink. Infections of the throat can also occur.

Serious Infections

There are some cases when infections can become serious, even fatal. Severe tooth decay can lead to sepsis, which is a condition in which the body is riddled with infection. Sepsis can be fatal in severe cases. Between 2000 and 2008, there were 66,000 people hospitalized for sepsis that started as tooth decay. Of those patients, 66 of them died from the infection.

Do Not Delay Tooth Decay Treatment

If you have tooth decay that you have been afraid to treat, do not delay any further. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to start treatment. Your oral health is directly related to your overall physical health. Do not risk your health due to financial concerns or dental anxiety. Contact us today.