If you suspect any type of oral infection, the first thing you should always do is to call us.
It is never safe to guess about an infection, as they can spread and cause more issues down the line than what you had in the first place.
However, if you are not sure if what you are feeling is an oral infection or not, it is important that you know what symptoms to be on the lookout for. Here are some of the symptoms that go with oral infections, and things you can do to help alleviate your discomfort.
Symptoms of an Oral InfectionPain and a fever are the two most prominent symptoms of an oral infection. The pain can come and go in waves, or be constant and progressively worse. The fever is a definite sign that something in your body is off. Typically, when you have an oral infection, you will have pain in one area of your mouth, and that area will also feel hot to the touch.
Minimizing the Pain Associated with an Oral InfectionIf your mouth, jaw, cheeks, teeth, temples, throat, or tongue hurts, you need help dealing with the pain until we can see you. First, take an over the counter pain reliever, ideally ibuprofen if you can take it. This helps not only numb the pain, but also reduce swelling. Ice also tends to work on oral infections.
Place a small bag on the outside of your mouth where it hurts, and leave it there for about 15 minutes. Taking it easy can also help keep your pain levels down. The more active you are, the higher your heart rate, which means more pain.
Contact us as soon as you think you have any type of an oral infection. We will examine your mouth and get you started on antibiotics if you do have an infection.
If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please call us at (503) 420-7600 today.