Preventing An Abscess
If you have never suffered from an abscess (an infection of the mouth, face, jaw or throat), you may not know how painful it can be - but there are times you may have an abscess and not even know it. Abscesses can be life-threatening if left untreated, as the infection can spread from around the tooth to different parts of your body. Tooth abscesses will always require professional dental care, and often need surgery to clean out the infection.

What is an Abscess?
An abscess can occur at different regions of the tooth, at the tip of the root, or in the gums next to a tooth root. The body attacks an infection with large numbers of white blood cells. The white blood cells attack the infection and dead tissue, resulting in pus. The accumulation of pus from a tooth infection can spread from the root tip through the bone and into the gums, causing your gums to swell. This may cause intense pain. Depending on the location of the tooth, the infection may spread further into soft tissues (cellulitis), causing swelling in the jaw, into the floor of the mouth, or in the area of the cheeks. Eventually, the tissue may break open, allowing the pus to drain.(1)

Common Causes

An abscess can be the result of an untreated dental cavity, tooth decay, an injury or prior dental work, or gum diseases such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Infection from root canals is another common cause of abscesses.
How we can help

Abscessed infections can be detected with a simple dental X-ray and clinical exam. Preventative dental care every six months is a safe guard for your health. Early detection can help stop infections from getting out of control. To schedule a consultation, please contact us at 480-833-2232.

What's Your Story?
Dr. Margolis is in the process of writing a book about holistic/biological/ alternative dental care that explains the connection between your mouth and the rest of your body. However, it is our patients and their good health that make the difference. We are seeking personal stories from our patients that present the health problem that encouraged you to seek our help and what dental procedure(s) led to better your health. 

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Dr. Michael D. Margolis
Dr. Michael D. Margolis
Dr. Michael David Margolis, DDS, IMD (Doctor of Integrative Medicine), FIND (Fellow of Institute of Nutritional Dentistry) is a practicing Biological Dentist in Mesa, Arizona since 1984. Dr. Mike received his doctor of dental surgery degree (DDS) from the University of Texas Dental School in San Antonio Texas(1983) and his Doctor of Integrative Medicine from Capital University in Washington DC(2000). A former President of the International Academy of Integrative Medicine (, Dr. Mike is a member of the International Academy of Medical Toxicology (, the Holistic Dental Association ( and the Arizona Holistic Medical Association ( Dr. Mike has recently accepted the honor to serve as a member of the Advisory Board for the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine, Tempe, AZ. Dr. Margolis has lectured nationally and internationally on Biological Dentistry, CAVITATâ„¢ technology use and clinical application.

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