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Can A Tooth Infection Cause A Heart Murmur
Diagnosed with sinus infection at urgent care. Dr said i have a benign heart murmur. How can he tell it is benign?
Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more
My son is 14 and needs teeth cleaning. I was also told thathe has a heart murmur. Are antibiotics needed?
No.: According to the latest guideline from both american heart association and american dental association, any heart murmur alone does not need premedication prior to dental work. Even mitral valve relapse with regurgitation won't need antibiotic prophylaxis now. Study showed that unnecessary antibiotics before dental work gives you more risk than benefits. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: In rare cases, infections of lower back teeth can allow spread of the infection down the neck, into the chest, and around the heart. This can be deadly. In a different way gum disease (which is an infection around the teeth) can affect the heart as it seeds the bloodstream with the bacteria that cause coronary artery disease--the main cause of heart attacks. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 possibility of a fatal outcome. Most often you need to have prior damage to the heart lining for this to occur, although less often, not. Get your dental infection treated. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 swelling cutting off your airway and therefore should not be ignored. Your heart could be affected depending on your general health status. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm curious, how long would it take for an untreated tooth infection to finally spread to the heart and brain?
Nope: The right bundle branch block would just cause the right ventricle to contract a little later than normal. If you have a murmur, it must be unrelated. Many murmurs are completely benign -- a good cardiologist can tell you the cause of your murmur and whether or not it is of concern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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