A study by the American Dental Association found that every 15 seconds a patient comes into the ER for a dental emergency. The ADA estimates that 79% of the visits could have been better addressed by a visit to the dentist.
Helmets, knee pads, shin guards … anyone who plays sports or has an athletic kid is familiar with this protective gear. But unless your sport is football or hockey, you may have only seen mouth guards in the aisle of your local sports or drug store.
Most of the time, it will be painfully obvious if you have a gum abscess: This condition may develop suddenly, and can cause intense discomfort. It requires prompt professional treatment.
Your gums are soft and supple, but they can be injured by an accidental blow, irritated by a trapped foreign body, or inflamed by a bacterial infection. Learn what to do when gum injuries occur.