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Can my tooth infection spread to my heart and kill me?

Can my tooth infection spread to my heart and kill me?

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 more

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint
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Infection (Definition)

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


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What is the probablity of a abscessed tooth infection going to my heart and killing me?

What is the probablity of a abscessed tooth infection going to my heart and killing me?

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 more

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I'm curious, how long would it take for an untreated tooth infection to finally spread to the heart and brain?

I'm curious, how long would it take for an untreated tooth infection to finally spread to the heart and brain?

Uncertain: There is no real time frame for this for all people. Best to get the infection treated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection affect the heart?

Can a tooth infection affect the heart?

Yes: Dental abscesses, especially in the lower jaw can spread. We call this cellulitis. If this is untreated, it can spread to the mediastinum, or the area of the heart, causing death. ...Read more

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Does a tooth infection cause heart problems or damage your valves?

Does a tooth infection cause heart problems or damage your valves?

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 more

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Can a tooth infection affect any part of your body like heart or brain?

Can a tooth infection affect any part of your body like heart or brain?

Yes.: A tooth infection will invade the jaw bone, which is called an abcess, and from there it can enter the soft tissues and travel to the heart or brain and be life-threatening. ...Read more

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My dentist said that a tooth infection hurts. If I have no pain, then I shouldn't be worried about an infection spreading to my brain or heart. True?

My dentist said that a tooth infection hurts. If I have no pain, then I shouldn't be worried about an infection spreading to my brain or heart. True?

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 be treated regardless. Just because you're not in pain does not mean that you should not worry. Many cancers are painless, but you can die from them. Complications are very rare.. have faith in your healthcare providers. All the best... ...Read more

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Severe aniexty tooth infection had antibiotics very dizzy heart palps scared I have myocarditis ?

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 is caused by a virus and not by the bacteria infecting your tooth. ...Read more

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How could I tell or suspect tooth infection is spreading. Ie to brain, heart, blood stream, down into throat. ?

How could I tell or suspect tooth infection is spreading. Ie to brain, heart, blood stream, down into throat.
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Spreading : Hard to tell. If you are experiencing worse symptoms, pain swelling then it could be spreading. Make sure you see a doctor or that you are on an antibiotic. ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection affect ur heart rate, make u feel dizzy, cheek numbness, tongue numbness?

Can a tooth infection affect ur heart rate, make u feel dizzy, cheek numbness, tongue numbness?

Potentially: But if you are having these symptoms, you should really be in a dentist office to be evaluated. These infections can be fatal. ...Read more

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