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How an Untreated Abscess Can Lead to Ludwig's Angina

Posted on 11/15/2019 by Office
How an Untreated Abscess Can Lead to Ludwig's AnginaAbscess is a term that is used to describe the collected pocket of pus that forms around or at the root of your tooth. The pus forms due to a bacterial infection. It is common in patients who have cases of poor oral hygiene, gum disease and unchecked decays.

People who smoke, consume alcohol and eat food with too much sugars are more likely to get bacterial infections that cause abscess. Ludwig's Angina is an infection of the skin that begins at the floor of the mouth and spreads to become life-threatening if untreated.

What Is the Connection Between Abscess and Ludwig's Angina?

When an infection goes untreated, it is always likely to produce dire complications. This is the case with untreated abscess. The pus spreads to produce an infection on the floor of the mouth below the tongue which is known as Ludwig's Angina.

The symptoms of this infection include drooling, tenderness of the skin below the tongue, chills, having a hard time swallowing, swelling of the tongue, fever, fatigue as well as swelling and redness of the neck. With this infection your mouth will mostly feel bigger due to swelling and most parts are likely to turn red.

How to Prevent The Ludwig's Angina Infection

The first step towards prevention is to maintain proper oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth and flossing every day. You also need to keep a diet that involves less sugars, avoid alcohol and quit smoking. The other step is to ensure that you visit the dentist regularly to get proper cleaning as well as have a dentist spot any pockets of pus that may be forming due to an infection.

An abscess can be a real menace, especially when not detected and treated at an early stage. Schedule an appointment with our dentists today and prevent yourself fully from contracting Ludwig's Angina.


Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS

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