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How to Care for an Abscessed Tooth Quiz
by Staff
An abscessed tooth is more than just a little ache. It can be extremely painful and, if not treated, can lead to more serious health issues. So, do you know how to care for your pearly whites if they become infected?

A dentoalveolar abscess is:

  • A dental tool
  • A disease caused by an abscess
  • The medical name for an abscessed tooth

The nerve in an abscessed tooth is stimulated by:

  • Pus
  • Your tongue
  • Blood

How long does the pain from an abscessed tooth last?

  • Until you go to see a doctor
  • Until the nerve dies
  • Until you go to see a doctor or the nerve dies

The infection from an abscessed tooth can spread as far as:

  • Your cheeks and gums
  • Your jaw and throat
  • Your entire body

The primary cause of an abscessed tooth is:

  • Poor dental hygiene
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Disease or disease treatments (like chemotherapy)

A tooth can become abscessed if there's a crack in this:

  • Your jawbone
  • Your tooth enamel
  • Your skin

An abscessed tooth can cause you to run a:

  • High temperature
  • Red light
  • Very low temperature

These two over the counter drugs can be helpful if you have an abscessed tooth:

  • Aspirin and fluoride
  • Benzocaine and peroxide
  • Ibuprofen and Naproxen

If you have an abscess, your doctor will likely prescribe:

  • Hemlock
  • Bed rest
  • Antibiotics

Your doctor may have to do this to analyze the abscess:

  • Use a magnifying glass
  • Use a spreadsheet
  • Use some suctioning to remove fluids from the wound

Two options for your abscessed tooth are:

  • Root canal or extraction
  • Fluoride treatment or polishing
  • A veneer or bleaching

In extreme cases, an abscess can lead to blockage of:

  • Your saliva glands
  • Your airway
  • Your follicles

Homeopathic remedies can:

  • Provide temporary relief
  • Only clean the sore
  • Cure you of the abscess

Doing this daily can help prevent an abscess:

  • Flossing
  • Brushing
  • Taking antibiotics

You shouldn't overindulge in eating these if you want healthy teeth:

  • French fries
  • Hot peppers
  • Sweets

This kind of oil can numb the sore:

  • Olive
  • Clove
  • Canola

This mix can help cleanse the infection:

  • Tea tree oil and peroxide
  • Iodine and fluoride
  • Charcoal and salt

Cleanse the sore and ease the pain until:

  • It goes away
  • It becomes tedious
  • You can see your doctor

If the pain goes away after a week or two, you should:

  • Still go see a doctor
  • Congratulate yourself on your pain tolerance
  • Consider the problem solved

You need to do this a minimum of twice a day to keep your teeth healthy:

  • Brush your teeth
  • Floss
  • Gargle