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Can my tooth infection spread to my heart and kill me

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Theoretically: Dental infections can put bacteria into the bloodstream which have the potential to infect the lining of the heart (endocarditis), and this has the po ... Read More
Dr. Barton Cook
31 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
It can happen: If you have significant heart valve disease, or serious congenital heart disease, as dr. Raff noted you can get endocarditis from a dental infection. ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jennifer Lee
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Low: Infections of the heart are rare, but any infection can spread. It is best to take of it early.
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Dr. Ronald Achong
18 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Very low: With today's technology and medical expertise this is very unlikely.
Dr. Michael Stern
49 years experience Dentistry
Remotely possible: In 1900 a common cause of death was from dental infections. Nowadays with antibiotics not so much. But ignored dental infections can cause rapid swell ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Impossible: While this scenario is definitely possible, there is absolutely no way to predict or quantify the risk. Please do not be the test case. If you have a ... Read More
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Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Probably never but: If you already had a bad infection, especially if you were not already on antibiotics, it only takes minutes. To clarify this for you, bacteria from a ... Read More
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Dr. Clarence Lyons
20 years experience Family Medicine
Uncertain: There is no real time frame for this for all people. Best to get the infection treated as soon as possible.
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Harry Ringer
25 years experience Dentistry
Infection: There is a lot of new evidence that links oral health to cardiac health. Any infection in the body is not a good thing, the body is connected so the ... Read More
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A 35-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Dentition: Poor dental hygiene has been associated with coronary artery disease.
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
56 years experience Infectious Disease
Absolutely: Dental disease can be the primary inciting factor in the subsequent development of brain abscesses, endocarditis and a wide variety of other clinical ... Read More
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A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Miscommunication: I was not there for your conversation with your dentist but you may have misunderstood what was said. Infections may or may not hurt... they need to b ... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Colantino
61 years experience Internal Medicine
Very elevated: Troponin is quite sensitive for myocardial injury. If that super elevated troponin was due to heart damage I would expect very obvious ekg changes as ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Peter Karsant
39 years experience Dentistry
Pain: Please see your dentist ASAP. Tooth infections are not to be left unattended. Although they can be serious seldom do they lead to myocarditis as this ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
See a dentist: See a dentist who can evaluate you, whether or not you have a dental infection and what treatment and precautions are indicated. This is not something ... Read More

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