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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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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.?

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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Impacted wisdom tooth. Need to get removed. When push on gums, yellow, smelly discharge comes out around tooth. Infection? Can cause heart problems?

Impacted wisdom tooth. Need to get removed. When push on gums, yellow, smelly discharge comes out around tooth. Infection? Can cause heart problems?

Infection for sure: Yes you have an active infection that can spread every where through your blood stream, actually your brain is closer then your heart. Must remove tooth ASAP and get antibiotics. Call your dentist and schedule immediately. ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection kill me?

Can a tooth infection kill me?

Yes: Dental infections are nothing to ignore. Due to the proximity of the oral cavity to the brain, it is possible that a simple dental infection, if left untreated, could travel to the brain through the various facial spaces and lead to death. This is very rare, but people have died from a simple dental infection. See your dentist. ...Read more

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Will a tooth infection kill me?

Will a tooth infection kill me?

It can: It can spread bacteria to the heart and cause the valves to malfunction. One scary case I had started as a tooth abscess. It progressed to such an infection that the airway was almost completely obstructed. The patient needed a difficult awake tracheostomy placed. Plus tooth abscess hurts a lot. Best see a dentist. ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection kill you?

Unfortunately, it is: The infected tooth can be fatal. A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus, brain and to other areas of your head and neck. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how long will it takes for a tooth infection to kill me?

Can someone tell me how long will it takes for a tooth infection to kill me?

Is this a bet?: Kill you? That's a strange way to look at things! Dental infections can go undiagnosed without care, then get bad in a hurry, and spread to the brain or heart causing death.
To predict how long this takes depends on your immune system, bacterial virulence, and primary location of the infection. It can vary from months to years to days. ...Read more

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Is an infection from an abscessed tooth able to spread to the heart or other organs?

Is an infection from an abscessed tooth able to spread to the heart or other organs?

Very rare. But...: Unless you have damaged or replaced heart valves an infection of the heart from the teeth is quite unusual. If valves are damaged you do need to be extra diligent about your dental health. Dental infections more commonly spread and become life threatening if they get into the throat (closed the airway) or brain. Very severe infections can lead to a general sepsis, but this is less common. ...Read more

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Can a decayes tooth be infected and cause swelling with pain? Can an untreated infected tooth cause heart infection?

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Can a decayes tooth be infected and cause swelling with pain? Can an untreated infected tooth cause heart infection?

Yes: Yes to both. Decaying teeth can cause swelling and pain and may even lead to jaw bone infections. Also, the constant source of infection from an untreated infected tooth is a well known cause of endocarditis, which is the heart infection you are talking about. ...Read more

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99% sure I have infection in my brain and heart from abscess tooth... What are the tell tale signs of brain abscess and should I go to the ER?

99% sure I have infection in my brain and heart from abscess tooth... What are the tell tale signs of brain abscess and should I go to the ER?

Need exam: If you had brain and heart involvement you wouldn't be sitting at your computer. You would already be at the er. That said, why is the abscessed tooth going untreated? See dentist asap. If you think you are having medical issues, see your physician. 5 most dangerous words in the english language, "maybe it will go away.". ...Read more

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Age 69.One of the tooth is partly broken. Can that cause infection and heart my eye and above it?

Yes: A broken down tooth can become infected and the infection can spread if not properly addressed. Get to a dentist asap so it can be contained and not become more serious. ...Read more

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Is novocain dangerous for someone w/ a leaking heart valve? They need to have a tooth extracted but are worried about the shot. If someone has a history of having a leaking valve in the heart but needs there tooth pulled out due to an infection and cavity

Is novocain dangerous for someone w/ a leaking heart valve? They need to have a tooth extracted but are worried about the shot. If someone has a history of having a leaking valve in the heart but needs there tooth pulled out due to an infection and cavity

"Novacaine": "novacaine" is no longer used in dentistry. There are other anesthetics that are available. After your complete medical history is reviewed, it will be evaluated and a proper way to procede will be formulated. Make sure you bring your medical history from your cardiologist so your dentist can review it. ...Read more

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Can getting the flu shot while fighting a tooth infection with amoxicillin make you sick and cause vestibular weakness heart problems, dizziness etc?

Can getting the flu shot while fighting a tooth infection with amoxicillin make you sick and cause vestibular weakness heart problems, dizziness etc?

No likely: Antibiotics do not interact with vaccines. It is safe to take them and get a flu shot. If you do have a reaction to a flu shot, the more likely reason for such symptoms would be an allergic reaction to a component of the vaccine. Contraindications to the flu shot include pre-exisiting allergies to gentamicin, neomycink polymnixin, thimersal, polysorbate 80, high fever, and others... ...Read more

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On average, how long will a heart infection take to kill you?

On average, how long will a heart infection take to kill you?

Heart disease: Depends on the heart infection and whether it is treated and treatable, could be fast could take weeks or months. ...Read more

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After having uppers teeth pulled yesterday, 2 surgically. I have a headache and a rapid heart rate between 95-102. Does this mean I've developed an infection?

After having uppers teeth pulled yesterday, 2 surgically. I have a headache and a rapid heart rate between 95-102. Does this mean I've developed an infection?

Possibly: Generally, dental infections take longer than a day to develop. Having upper teeth pulled can certainly lead to headaches once the anesthesia wears off. A pulse of 95 may be due simply to pain. On the other hand, fevers and shaking chills are usually a sign of infection for which to seek help. Most oral surgeons prescribe antibiotics and pain medications; I would recommend contacting yours. ...Read more

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After having uppers teeth pulled yesterday, 2 surgically. I have a headache and a rapid heart rate between 95-102. Does this mean I've developed an infection?

After having uppers teeth pulled yesterday, 2 surgically. I have a headache and a rapid heart rate between 95-102. Does this mean I've developed an infection?

Heart: Heart rate a bit high. May be reaction to the surgery, result of dehydration, infection, the Meds you are taking, or many other causes. Contact the Dentist or Oral Surgical Specialist who did your extractions. ...Read more

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After having uppers teeth pulled yesterday, 2 surgically. I have a headache and a rapid heart rate between 95-102. Does this mean I've developed an infection?

After having uppers teeth pulled yesterday, 2 surgically. I have a headache and a rapid heart rate between 95-102. Does this mean I've developed an infection?

Not necessarily: You could have an infection, but it wouldn't likely show up yet. It's normal to have pain, swelling, jaw soreness and some bleeding/seepage at this point. Dehydration would cause headache and faster heart rate. Hydrate well and eat healthy food that does not injure your wound area; take your anti-inflammatories/medications; read your post-op info sheet and follow-up w/your surgeon as needed. ...Read more

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Urgent! Have had a wisdom teeth infection. Gums, teeth hurts and my e+n+t. And now have problems with brain and heart. Do I need to go the er?

Urgent! Have had a wisdom teeth infection. Gums, teeth hurts and my e+n+t. And now have problems with brain and heart. Do I need to go the er?

Dental Infection: Yes! Go the er immediately! Any problem involving your brain and heart (that may be due to a dental infection) should be treated with immediate care and diagnosis. This may be related to your "wisdom tooth infection", but the symptoms that you describe, whether or not dental in origin should be evaluated by an md and at a hospital right now! ...Read more

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I am a 16 years old male. I got sick from a bad infection in my wisdom teeth two months ago. I developed neurological impairment, vision changes, heart, and lung problem. Should I go to the er?

I am a 16 years old male. I got sick from a bad infection in my wisdom teeth two months ago. I developed neurological impairment, vision changes, heart, and lung problem. Should I go to the er?

Not self healing: Infected wisdom teeth are not self healing. Were all the problems you reported treated at that time? Your son needs to be seen. If having acute problem go to er now. If chronic problems without current acute flare-up, make asap appointments with both your dentist and your physician. ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath, dizziness, low blood pressure, and have had endocarditis from a bacteria infection I got when I had 5 teeth pulled., and heart palaptaions. ..What could be wrong

I have shortness of breath, dizziness, low blood pressure, and have had endocarditis from a bacteria infection I got when I had 5 teeth pulled., and heart palaptaions. ..What could be wrong

Heart valve damage: Infectious endocarditis can cause damage to heart valves, presenting the symptoms described.
This can be a very serious condition. See a physician asap for a diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know if a tooth infection spread to my brain?

How do I know if a tooth infection spread to my brain?

Culture the bacteria: Some common symptoms of an abscess in the brain are headache, changes in mental status, muscle or body weakness, speech slurring, nausea, fever, seizures, and or double vision. If you already have a brain abscess, the only way to determine where it came from is to culture it. There are many other causes. Only 25% of brain abscesses come from another part of the body. ...Read more

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I just wanted to know can abscessed tooth infection spread to your ear?

I just wanted to know can abscessed tooth infection spread to your ear?

A tooth abscess: A tooth abscess won't go away without treatment and the infection may spread to your jaw, cheeks, sinus, ear and to other areas of your head and neck. A dental abscess is a collection of pus that forms in your teeth or gums as a result of a bacterial infection. Dentist will treat a tooth abscess by treating the cause and getting rid of the infection. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection spread to your brain?

Can a tooth infection spread to your brain?

Yes: Yes an abscess can spread. Upper tooth infections can spread to the brain; lower tooth infections can spread to the neck and strangle you or worse, go to your heart. Tooth decay can be very dangerous. See your dentist and have the tooth treated or removed asap. ...Read more

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How do I know if my tooth infection could spread to my brain?

How do I know if my tooth infection could spread to my brain?

You don't: You don't know. That's why you need to get the infection treated now. By the time you figure out that the infection has gone that far it's too late. Knowing that the infection could spread to your brain, the question is why would you wait? ...Read more

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Can a tooth infection cause pain under the jaw I'm on clindmaycin and ibproufen scared it's spread?

Yes: A lower tooth infection can cause pain below the jaw by either involving the lymph nodes or spreading into the soft tissues under the jaw. If you pain or swelling progresses despite the antiobiotics, you should see an oral surgeon asap. These infections can spread and become life threatening. ...Read more

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How quickly can a tooth infection spread?

How quickly can a tooth infection spread?

Pretty quick: Sometimes the tooth infection can spread quickly and require immediate attention. If your dentist is unavailable and there is a fever, swelling in the face, or swelling in the jaw, a visit to the emergency room or urgent care is warranted. Take care. ...Read more

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Can penicillin prevent the spread of a tooth infection?

Yes: A tooth infection if left unadressed can cause other problems and lead to abscess formation, bacteria in the blood and even heart valve infections. ...Read more

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Toothache (Definition)

Dental pain is a symptom where one has pain in his teeth or gums, sometimes with sensitivity to cold or hot ...Read more