The tooth infection rates in the United States have risen sharply since the beginning of the year, with more than half of Americans reporting at least one tooth infection.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has estimated that more than 14 million people in the country have at least a single tooth infection in 2018.
The U.S. has more than 1.2 billion teeth, but according to the CDC, about 1.7 billion of them are missing or damaged.
Here are some of the main reasons you might have to get a new tooth, whether you’re an older person, a baby or someone in your 50s.
Symptoms of tooth infection:Pain in the mouth and gumsSymptoms usually last a few weeks and then disappearSymptoms can include:Headache or fatigueDizziness or confusion in the face or neckPain in your mouth or gums that lasts for weeksSymptoms generally disappear by the end of the week.
However, some people may have a period of worsening symptoms, such as headaches, dizziness, nausea and aching muscles, the CDC says.
It’s possible for some people to have multiple tooth infections, including one in their mouths that lasts weeks or months.
It may also be possible for someone with more severe dental problems to have tooth infections and not be able to tell if they have a new infection.