Posted on 06 January 2022

Teeth become susceptible to infection when the tooth enamel is damaged and bacteria is allowed to reach the centre of the tooth. Infections can have serious health implications besides endangering the affected tooth, and require treatment from a dentist as soon as possible.

Key takeaways:


  • Untreated tooth decay gradually erodes the tooth enamel, allowing bacteria to enter the centre of the tooth and increasing the risk of infection.
  • Teeth that are worn down, broken, chipped or cracked, perhaps due to injury, can also allow bacteria to enter and lead to an infection.
  • Dental restorations which deteriorate over time need fixing by a dentist to help prevent an infection developing.

"Since tooth decay doesn’t show many symptoms until it reaches this advanced stage, it’s important to get regular checkups with your dentist to identify tooth decay before it has a chance to cause an infection."

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