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Can Tooth Abscess Cause Heart Problems
Definitely, yes: The only way to cure a dental abscess is with dental treatment. We have now entered an era where some bacterial species are resistant to the full range of antibiotics presently available. See your dentist for re-evaluation and dental treatment. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
A tooth or dental abcess is an infected tooth. The tooth can become infected by a caries ( decay) or by trauma, or through a gum infection or some other way. A tooth abcess may be life threatening so it should be taken care of asap. A dentist will recommend extraction or root ...Read more
Yes: "bad teeth", whether you mean tooth decay and/or gum disease is caused by bacteria. Unlike short term infections, like a cold, when you have "bad teeth" your exposure to these bacteria is long term (several years). This can lead to an increase risk of both heart disease and stroke. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: When you have infections in your gums and mouth the bacteria will produce toxins and inflammation that can get into your blood stream and travel to your heart and every other part of your body. These infections have been linked to, heart, kidney, lung and many other diseases. So it is very important to keep your mouth healthy. A healthy mouth will help your body stay healthier. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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
Not a known cause...: Having a dental abscess can cause bacteria and their byproducts to leech into the bloodstream and travel to other parts of the body. In healthy people the immune system can usually hold its own but sometimes the bacteria can cause changes to the lining of the arteries or other organs. So if you think that you may have a dental abscess then by all means seek treatment for it. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Usually no: Preventive antibiotics are given only to people at high risk due to an artifical heart valve or past heart valve infection. If there is an active tooth infection the dentist will have given you antibiotics already. To reduce the general stress of the procedure, ask whether you will receive any sedation, especially if you get very anxious with procedures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not likely.: Not likely that high blood pressure can cause dental problems. Diabetes can be a contributing factor in the development of periodontal (gum & bone) disease. Periodontal disease can be a contributing factor to heart disease. The inflammatory process can raise your c-reactive protein level contributing to heart disease. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Absolutely: There are a whole host of medical problems that can arise from allowing dental issues to go untreated. Everything from an increased risk of heart disease, difficulty controlling blood sugar levels, and of course the possibility of infection. Don't let dental problems go untreated! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Possibly: An abscess near your upper molars can affect your sinuses and possibly your inner ear. Your inner ear has a fluid-filled structure that affects your balance. If the damage or pressure from the abscess is near the inner ear, then you can possibly become lightheaded or unbalanced. ...Read more
Gingival overgrowth: Many calcium channel blockers for hypertension can cause gingival overgrowth, including amlodipine other older meds, such as nifedipine, are much more common agents. In recent years, more documented cases have arisen with amlodipine as a causative agent, including several in my practice. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Absolutely!: Most definitely! there are a whole host of problems that can arise from a dental infection. If let go long enough, a dental infection can even go to the brain and be fatal, so this isn't something you want to ignore and let go untreated. Also, the sooner you seek treatment for it, the better your chances are at being able to save the tooth! ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: In addition to a correlation of periodontal disease and heart disease, decayed teeth that result in dental infections that go untreated can cause heart problems. There can be a spread of infection via fascial planes to the mediastinum, resulting in heart problems and death. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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