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Can bad teeth cause heart problems?

Can bad teeth cause heart problems?

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 more

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Dr. Irv Loh
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Heart Problems (Definition)

Heart problems are clinical conditions or findings that are related to the heart and include arrhythmias, heart failure, heart valve diseases, and diseases of the heart ...Read more


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I am having wisdom teeth taken out. Heart problems, should I be concerned?

I am having wisdom teeth taken out. Heart problems, should I be concerned?

Relatively Painless: Fortunately, modern anesthetics allow oral surgery, especially wisdom teeth removal and restorative dentistry to be done virtually pain-free and worry free. With the profound local anesthesia and IV sedation you will have no recall of the events of the oral surgery or experience any pain. ...Read more

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My 92 year old dad has not much of an appetite/ so difficult to get him to eat. Teeth are excellent but he does has many heart problems?

My 92 year old dad has not much of an appetite/ so difficult to get him to eat. Teeth are excellent but he does has many heart problems?

What sounds good?: Remember that elderly folks who are not very active do not need as many calories as they used to. That being said, however it is important that your father take in a sufficient number of calories and protein to ensure that he stays alert and strong. Sometimes as we age we lose our appetite as well. There are good tasting drink supplements which you can purchase at any drug store. ...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 having multiple tooth extraction cause heart problems ie inflammation blood vessels etc?

Can having multiple tooth extraction cause heart problems ie inflammation blood vessels etc?

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 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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What kind of heart problems make having dental work dangerous?

What kind of heart problems make having dental work dangerous?

Valve Issues And...: People with prosthetic heart valves should be pre-treated with antibiotics to decrease the likelihood of an infection known as infective endocarditis (ie) following dental procedures. Others who should be pre-treated with antibiotics include those with a history of ie or who have had a heart transplant in which the new organ developed valve problems and some people with congenital heart defects. ...Read more

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Can heart problems (high blood pressure) cause dental problems?

Can heart problems (high blood pressure) cause dental problems?

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 more

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What are some signs of heart problems?

None to many: Heart disease may exist silently for decades and still be lethal. Symptoms are for the lucky ones that then have an opportunity to sort them out before catastrophe. Common symptoms may include chest discomfort, shortness of breath, fatigue, palpitations, but need to know that women may have somewhat different symptoms. Risk factor assessment/management and judicious testing may help. ...Read more

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How would i know if i had heart problems?

How would i know if i had heart problems?

Work up : Given your age you are at a low risk for heart disease. Your symptoms will dictate the type of work up that may include ECG, 2d-echo, electro physiologic studies, catheterization, MRI , etc. Talk to your doc about your symptoms. ...Read more