Pericoronitis is a dental disorder in which the gum tissues around the wisdom teeth and molars become swollen and infected.
Pericoronitis develops when wisdom teeth erupts partially, allowing an opening for the bacteria to enter around the tooth and cause an infection. When the food or plaque gets caught underneath a flap of gum around the tooth, it causes irritation in the gum and may also lead to pericoronitis. In severe form, the swelling and infection may extend beyond the jaw to the cheeks and neck.
If the condition is limited to tooth only then it can be treated by rising the mouth with warm salt water. You should also ensure that there is no food trapped under the gum flap.
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