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dental abscess and eating, please answer quickly? i have a dental abscess that's currently draining on it's own. i know i need to go to the dentist, but can i eat like this? i don't want to get a worse infection, but my teeth don't hurt, the gum is just s

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Yes, : Yes, you can eat. The longer you wait to go see a dentist the worse things can become. The reason you are not in pain is because the infection is draining, so there is no pressure under the gum or in the bone. If the infection stops draining or starts spreading faster than it can drain, you will be in severe pain from the pressure. You should be more worried about the infection which is festering in the bone, taxing your immune system, and spreading bacteria in your bloodstream, than the little bit of fluid you might swallow. Please make an appointment sooner than later.
Dr. Zev Kaufman
Cosmetic Dentistry 27 years experience
You : You swallow hundreds of times during the day. Our bodies have excellent defense mechanisms against draining from the infection. However, the infection might be ruining the bone. Please go and see your dentist right away the other doctors advised you already.
Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
EAT : Eat what you like, drink what you like and get yourself into the dental office. The only thing you need to worry about is reducing the time when bacteria are given a chance to damage your heart. Infection from the teeth increases the risk of heart disease. Please take care of this immediately. Dr neil mcleod dds dentistry that lasts - quality that counts.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
Pain Management 36 years experience
You can eat: However, if left untreated, it can put you at greater risk of systemic problems such as blood infection, breathing problems and heart disease. See a dentist for definitive treatment.

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