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can a gum and tooth infection cause swollen lymph nodes. is this even possible?

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Dr. Martin Rubenstein
45 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Yes.: Swelling of the gums and soft tissue around an infected tooth is common. If there is a lot of inflammation, or the infection is not treated, the lymph nodes that drain the area of infection will enlarge as part of the immune response, just as would happen with other infections like a cold or strep throat.
Answered on Feb 24, 2018
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Dr. Ronald Achong
18 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Yes: Any type of infection in the head, mouth, face and neck area can cause swollen lymph nodes.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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