A tooth abscess can be very painful and, if not treated early enough, difficult to cure. Despite taking the best care of your teeth and gums infections can still develop and it is important to recognise the early warning signs of a possible abscess. A recent online article by Dr. Chand lists several symptoms to be aware of with the top three being:

– Red, painful or swollen gums

– Difficulty and pain when chewing

– Mild to severe toothaches

Other symptoms include possible fever or a strange taste in the mouth. Of course, one or more of these symptoms don’t necessarily indicate an abscess exists but they should not be ignored. Healthy teeth and gums lead to a confident smile and any dental concerns should be discussed with your dentist immediately to avert later serious problems.

As Dr. Chand points out it is “imperative to know the symptoms of a tooth abscess” and prevention is always better than cure. Dr. Chand’s article can be read in full at http://yourdentalhealthresource.com/what-is-an-abscessed-tooth-and-how-is-it-treated/.

Dr. Fraser Hendrie BDS (Glasg.) MFGDP (UK)

Fraser is a Glasgow graduate with over 20 years of experience. He is the one of the principal dentists at Craigentinny Dental Care in Edinburgh. He has a reputation for consistent, high quality work and a love of innovation. Many of Dr Hendrie’s patients travel from the far reaches of Scotland, the UK and beyond. So wherever you live from Portobello or around Edinburgh to further afield he will be pleased to meet you. He is a member of the Student Clinicians of the American Dental Association, British Dental Association, the Association of Dental Implantology, and has studied at the Pankey Institute in Miami on several occasions. Fraser has particular interests in Dental Implantology, Preventive dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry and information technology. Fraser has also been admitted to the Faculty of General Dental Practitioners by examination. Fraser is married with two young children and lives in Edinburgh. In his free time he enjoys running, cycling, and kite-surfing.