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Can you catch tonsillitis from your dentist?
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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
5 doctors agree
In brief: Unlikely
Not likely unless there is mucosal surface contact.
.. And even then i would say the chances are still low. While tonsillitis is a bacterial infection and is by definition contagious.. It's not like a viral infection that is easily spread via mucosal surface contact and through the air and expelled droplets and/or inanimate objects (door knobs, keyboards, etc.).

In brief: Unlikely
Not likely unless there is mucosal surface contact.
.. And even then i would say the chances are still low. While tonsillitis is a bacterial infection and is by definition contagious.. It's not like a viral infection that is easily spread via mucosal surface contact and through the air and expelled droplets and/or inanimate objects (door knobs, keyboards, etc.).
Dr. Patrick Melder
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Dr. Dell Goodrick
Dentistry
2 doctors agree
In brief: Not likely
If your dentist or hygienist had tonsillitis while treating you, it is unlikely that you would contract it from him or her. The dental professional is required to wear gloves and masks, as well as provide infection control barriers to prevent cross contamination.

In brief: Not likely
If your dentist or hygienist had tonsillitis while treating you, it is unlikely that you would contract it from him or her. The dental professional is required to wear gloves and masks, as well as provide infection control barriers to prevent cross contamination.
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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Dr. Leonard Tau
Dentistry
In brief: Don't think so
Anyone can pass germs to someone else, we use masks and gloves to prevent transmission of disease.

In brief: Don't think so
Anyone can pass germs to someone else, we use masks and gloves to prevent transmission of disease.
Dr. Leonard Tau
Dr. Leonard Tau
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