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How dangerous is it to eat with infected teeth? Going to dentist, but gotta eat in the meantime. Will the bacteria get in my stomach from eating?

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In brief: Bacteria

The bacteria from your infected teeth can be present in your saliva, your jawbone, and eventually your bloodstream. Worry more about seeing your dentist ASAP for treatment than bacteria getting into your stomach.
Bacteria get into your stomach all the time, it's not sterile by any means.

In brief: Bacteria

The bacteria from your infected teeth can be present in your saliva, your jawbone, and eventually your bloodstream. Worry more about seeing your dentist ASAP for treatment than bacteria getting into your stomach.
Bacteria get into your stomach all the time, it's not sterile by any means.
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Dr. Anthony Fritz
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Infection

The concern is infection directly to the blood stream from the teeth to the blood with chewing.
Hopefully you are on antibiotics waiting for the dentist intervention.

In brief: Infection

The concern is infection directly to the blood stream from the teeth to the blood with chewing.
Hopefully you are on antibiotics waiting for the dentist intervention.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: It is not dangerous

to eat. However, if a tooth infection left untreated it can grow and cause facial swelling called cellulitis.
If the swelling increase under the jaw it can cause Ludwig's angina, block off the airway and suffocate the patient. See a DDS for treatment ASAP.

In brief: It is not dangerous

to eat. However, if a tooth infection left untreated it can grow and cause facial swelling called cellulitis.
If the swelling increase under the jaw it can cause Ludwig's angina, block off the airway and suffocate the patient. See a DDS for treatment ASAP.
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