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What Causes a Tooth Infection?

Infections of the teeth can usually be traced back to a bacterial build-up either in the tooth’s centre (the pulp) or the roots. Avoiding this bacterial build-up is possible with a good dental health regimen coupled with regular check-ups (and cleanings) at the dentist. 

A tooth infection usually comes from one of three sources:

  • Injury or damage to the tooth
  • Gum disease
  • Tooth decay

Tooth infections do not “go away on their own” and always require expert diagnosis by a dentist who can recommend the best course of treatment for each individual case. Read more at

Matthew Houlton BDS(Sheffield) MFGDP(UK)

I’m Matthew Houlton, principal dentist and practice owner of Manor House Dental Practice.

Qualified from Sheffield dental hospital in 1993.

Post graduate training with Paul Tipton (Specialist Prosthodontist) from 2005-2007.

Diploma for Membership of the Faculty of General Dental Practice (UK) 2007.

Special interest in Orthodontics.

Yorkshire Deanary Fixed Appliance Training Scheme 2002-2004.

I have worked at York Hospital’s orthodontic department one session a week since 2009.

Member of the British Society of Occlusal Studies (the study of temporomandibular disorder).

I have two children, who keep me busy when I am not at the practice. I take a keen interest in and teach Aikido, a martial art, to keep a healthy mind and body.