‘Teen Mom’ Amber Portwood’s Life-Threatening Infection Could Happen to You

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amber portwoodAs if being in jail wasn't a miserable enough experience, Teen Mom Amber Portwood is apparently dealing with one of the most miserable physical maladies ever: An abscess in her mouth that's grown "so big and swollen that her whole jaw is puffed out," according to her brother Shawn. "Her mouth has become infected and the pain is making her so sick that she can’t sleep, and hasn’t eaten a thing in three days."

YOWCH. What's even worse is how long Portwood has to wait for treatment, supposedly: six weeks! "It needs to be down now. If the infection gets in her bloodstream, it can be life-threatening," says Shawn. Granted, I'm not sure how much of this is true or if Amber Portwood's brother is in fact an expert on dental disasters, but if Portwood really does have a very angry and painful tooth abscess -- Shawn is right about the life-threatening thing!

AND the pain. I can personally vouch for that one (unfortunately). Worried you might have a tooth abscess of your own? Wondering what a tooth abscess even is and/or why people get them?

Here's what you need to know (trust me, you don't want to learn this stuff the hard way!):

The Mayo Clinic defines a tooth abscess as "a collection of pus that's caused by a bacterial infection in the inner part of your tooth." Lovely, eh? These nasty infections are usually the result of either an untreated cavity or a crack that allows bacteria into the tooth.

Symptoms include:

Severe, persistent, throbbing toothache (and by "severe" I mean it hurts so much you wish somebody would knock you out with a hammer -- anything to make the pain go away!!!)

Extreme sensitivity to pressure from biting or chewing and/or hot and cold temperatures (and by "extreme" I mean any attempts to eat food will result in howls of agony)

High fever; tender, swollen lymph nodes under your jaw or in your neck; swelling in your face (in my case, the right side of my jaw puffed up to about five times the size of my left)

Really gross smell/taste in your mouth (I don't even want to remember)

If you have any of these symptoms, go straight to the dentist. Right now! You can even go to the emergency room of your nearest hospital! Because if that horrid awful yuck spreads, it could turn into sepsis, a widespread and potentially fatal infection. The abscess will need to be drained, and you might need a root canal. You might even need to get your tooth pulled (but I promise you won't care at that point).

The moral of the story, of course, is BRUSH AND FLOSS! BRUSH AND FLOSS! Or, in Portwood's case, BRUSH AND FLOSS AND DON'T VIOLATE THE TERMS OF YOUR PROBATION!

Have you ever had a tooth abscess?

 

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Roxygurl Roxygurl

Amber is known to be overly dramatic so I take this story with a grain of salt.



I don't see a jail allowing something they could kill her to continue and I'm sure they are giving her antibiotics and pain medicine to help as well, jail may suck but they aren't going to risk a lawsuit by neglecting the prisoners.

nonmember avatar dani

omg yes! I have had 3 of them and each time i thought i would die! One of them got so bad that the infection started closing in on my windpipe. (that was the 1st one and i honestly didn't know what it was. I brush and floss everyday...i just don't see the dentist regularly. I'm trying to change that now.

dixie... dixiechick2

Yes I have, the pain is worse than childbirth!

nonmember avatar Flambeaux

I have had an abcessed tooth and it was the worst pain I've experienced. The pain from a kidney stone was a close rival, but the tooth was the very worst. Thankfully I have an amazing dentist who got me in right away and I felt immediate relief when he was able to drain it. Half of my face was so swollen that it looked like I had been beat up. I feel so awful for her having to wait 6 weeks. That's unacceptable, especially when she's probably not able to take pain meds, both due to being in prison and her addiction issues.

jessi... jessicasmom1

I have had a abscessed tooth to they do hurt

nonmember avatar Leti

jails do not care about someones health. It is also very common that jails do not have the CORRECT medication for the inmates to be on. They normally substitute it with something "like" the medicine needed. As for Amber, anyone would be scared to give her any kind of pain pills, she is a complete wack job.

nonmember avatar Jennifer

Yes she probably does have to wait 6 weeks to get the tooth pulled because she needs a round of antibiotics to lessen the infection. No dentist will pull a tooth with all that infection in it. Sounds like the brother is a drama queen too.

nonmember avatar Jennifer

Yes she probably does have to wait 6 weeks to get the tooth pulled because she needs a round of antibiotics to lessen the infection. No dentist will pull a tooth with all that infection in it. Sounds like the brother is a drama queen too.

MadHa... MadHatterAj

I had 2 teeth abscess. It didn't have anything to do with my personal dental hygiene, it had to do with cavities that weren't adequately removed before a crown was placed. During both instances I got right into the dentist to have root canals, and I didn't have to wait for a round of antibiotics, though I was given a prescription to take after the root canals.



I'm sure it's an exaggeration that Amber has to wait so long for treatment. 6 weeks isn't a reasonable amount of time for treatment, and if the prison Amber is in made a practice of this sort of thing, they would have been shut down already.

mylil... mylilangel2013

I worked as a Correctional Officer and let me tell you now....she is getting the best of care!!!  Inmates file frivolous lawsuits all the time so they always make sure they get good care.  A lot of hoopla about nothing I am sure!  I have NEVER heard of having to wait 6 weeks!!  I am sure if she is waiting it is to treat other things...like infection!

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