Are My Swollen Lymph Nodes an Oral Infection?

Swollen lymph nodes, while unpleasant, can in fact be a good sign. When your lymph nodes are swollen this simply means they are actively working to defend against infections, viruses or bacteria. Your body has lymph nodes in numerous locations such as your jaw, arms, groin, abdomen and legs. When a specific area of your body is battling infections, viruses or bacteria the nearest lymph nodes will swell as they begin to filter them out. If the lymph nodes in the upper neck or jaw area begin to swell and feel tender to the touch there is a good chance this is related to an oral infection.  

What Might Cause My Swelling?

A gum or tooth infection is very common when swollen lymph nodes point to dental issues. Improperly performed dental work, generally poor hygiene, and damage directly to teeth can lead to infection. Abscessed teeth and untreated cavities are related to the infections which may cause the swollen lymph nodes themselves. Canker sores are another common indication of why your lymph nodes may be swollen. Canker sores are painful sores occurring on the inside of the cheeks and lips. Like an abscess, canker sores are tied to bacterial infections in the mouth and often lead to swollen lymph nodes. It is very important to address these problems quickly. Untreated oral infections can lead to long term issues, pain, surgeries and, in rare cases, even life-threatening spread of infections.  

Ways to Prevent Oral Infections

As is the case with most oral issues the best preventative care measures are regular brushing and flossing, and regular dental check ups. It is important to also be aware that your lymph nodes will not always swell in the event of dental infections. Any signs of pain, inflammation, sores, etc. should always be checked by a dentist.  

Contact Whiting Dental Arts

If you’re experiencing swollen lymph nodes you should see a dental expert immediately. Whiting Dental Arts in Swampscott, MA, is the North Shore’s most trusted dental practice. We are currently accepting new patients, contact us today!

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