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To pop or not? Take our tooth abscess quiz!
by Staff
If you have a sharp, deep toothache or throbbing mouth pain, could it be an abscess? We'll look at the ins and outs of tooth abscesses with this "To pop or not?" quiz, next.

Most often, a tooth abscess can be treated at home.

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A root canal is part of a tooth.

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An abscess is an open lesion in the mouth.

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Salt water rinses are effective in healing abscesses.

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It's OK to use a heated safety pin to puncture an abscess in the mouth.

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If a tooth abscess ruptures on its own, there is no need to see a dentist.

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Tooth abscesses are usually the result of infections in the body.

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A toothache can lead to death.

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Bacteria from the mouth can be deadly.

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A tooth abscess forms only outside of the teeth.

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Pus is made up of dead and living tissues and bacteria.

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A dental abscess is a viral infection.

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A fistula is a dental tool used to puncture an abscess.

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An abscess inside of a tooth always leads to removal of the tooth.

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An abscess inside the tooth always has to be treated with a root canal.

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A tooth abscess is swollen tooth pulp.

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A chipped tooth can lead to an abscess.

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Oral antibiotics help kill off abscess bacteria.

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Once you have an abscess, it won't come back after proper dental treatment.

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The cells that make up pus are mostly red blood cells.

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