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Anaerobic Bacteria: The "Rotten Egg" Bacteria

If you detect an odor or a "rotten egg" smell in your teeth, the main cause of that could be an anaerobic infection. Anaerobic bacteria is naturally occurring in the body and while they don't cause infection in their natural state, they can cause infection after an injury or trauma to the body.

Areas with poor circulation favor the growth of anaerobic bacteria. If your tooth has a dead nerve or a failing root canal, the area infected with anaerobic bacteria loose circulation, which interferes with the bodies' ability to heal itself.

These anaerobically infected areas often form abscesses, which are the bodies way of trying to seal off the infection. The areas of "dead bone" next to these teeth are often tender when pressure is applied over the skin next to the infected tooth. Many patients are unaware that they have these infections although the effects on the body are widespread. If an anaerobic infection is present it places a constant strain on the immune system to keep the infection in check.

If you are concerned that you may have an anaerobic infection or would like to discuss any other dental concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us today.


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