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Can dental cavities cause bacteremia and sepsis?
12 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Goldsmith
Critical Care
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Dental cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth.
This same bacteria can get into the blood steam through breaks i'm the gums even when you brush your teeth. Occasionally this bacteria can cause sepsis particularly when it attacks the valves i'm the heart.

In brief: Yes
Dental cavities are caused by bacteria in the mouth.
This same bacteria can get into the blood steam through breaks i'm the gums even when you brush your teeth. Occasionally this bacteria can cause sepsis particularly when it attacks the valves i'm the heart.
Dr. William Goldsmith
Dr. William Goldsmith
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
4 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Although rare there are cases of bacteria causing sepsis after teeth cleaning.
It is not much of a worry unless you have a mechanical heart valve. Most people do not need any antibiotics before seeing. Dentist for cleaning.

In brief: Yes
Although rare there are cases of bacteria causing sepsis after teeth cleaning.
It is not much of a worry unless you have a mechanical heart valve. Most people do not need any antibiotics before seeing. Dentist for cleaning.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes!
If dental caries are permitted through neglect to invade the soft tissue of the tooth (the nerve or pulp), than the possibility of an infection is great and with that medical situation comes the greater chance of a bacteremia or sepsis occurring.
The solution is regular dental visits where problems can be detected early and treated before they are a crisis!

In brief: Yes!
If dental caries are permitted through neglect to invade the soft tissue of the tooth (the nerve or pulp), than the possibility of an infection is great and with that medical situation comes the greater chance of a bacteremia or sepsis occurring.
The solution is regular dental visits where problems can be detected early and treated before they are a crisis!
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
Dr. I. Jay Freedman
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management
2 doctors agree
In brief: Of course
oral microorganisms from the infected site may reach the heart, lungs, and peripheral blood capillary system.

In brief: Of course
oral microorganisms from the infected site may reach the heart, lungs, and peripheral blood capillary system.
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin
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Dr. Gutti Rao
Internal Medicine - Hospital-based practice
2 doctors agree
In brief: If infected
Dental cavity per se do not cause sepsis, but if infected like an abscess, then things can happen.

In brief: If infected
Dental cavity per se do not cause sepsis, but if infected like an abscess, then things can happen.
Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
In brief: Yes
Yes, after spread into jaw bone and into blood stream. therefore treat all dental decay.

In brief: Yes
Yes, after spread into jaw bone and into blood stream. therefore treat all dental decay.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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