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.
Endocarditis. Is a rare complication of bacteria affecting damaged, prosthetic or congenitally abnormal heart valves which is why antibiotic prophylaxis is sometimes indicated.

Related Questions

Impacted wisdom tooth. Need to get removed. When push on gums, yellow, smelly discharge comes out around tooth. Infection? Can cause heart problems?

Dental infection. It sounds like you have an infection. Gargle with warm salt water, and/or antiseptic mouthwash and see your dentist 4-6 timse a day. Your dentist, primary care doc or an urgent care should start antibiotics ASAP. Most dental work is delayed until some of the swelling has gone down & the infection is gone or under control. If you have fever, increasing pain, trouble swallowing go to ER or call. Read more...
Bacterial infection. It's most likely a bacterial infection or a follicular cysts. when wisdom teeth are partially erupted or impacted, proper cleaning is inhibited...leading to bacterial infection. Antibiotics is recommended by contacting a dentist and visiting the office. Hearth problems usually won't immediately, but if the infection spreads below your chin, bigger problems can arise. Read more...
Infection for sure. Yes you have an active infection that can spread every where through your blood stream, actually your brain is closer then your heart. Must remove tooth ASAP and get antibiotics. Call your dentist and schedule immediately. Read more...

Can cefalexin cause any heart problems as a side effect, I'm allergic to penicillin is this safe for me to take, taking for chest infection 1g a day?

Penicillin allergy. Cephalexin can cause any type of drug allergy symptoms like anaphylaxis, angioedema, steven johnson syndrome, bone marrow suppression, hepatitis but heart problems do not seem to be listed as an side effect. About 90% of patient with reported penicillin allergy during childhood can tolerate penicillin. If there is a true penicillin allergy, there is a 2% risk of having Cephalexin allergy. Read more...

Right arm numbness for 3 days no heart problems been checked I do have cervical neck disc bulges and a sinus infection could that be the cause?

Neck discs. If the disc herniation is pinching a nerve in the spine, then this could explain your symptoms. You should follow up with your doctor for further evaluation and management. Read more...

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

Extraction. Generally isn't a problem. In some cases there can be complications but dentists usually careful to identify risky patients and work with patients physician to take precautions. Read more...
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...

Can bad teeth cause heart problems?

YES. It's the gum infection that can cause infection of the inside lining of the heart called endocardium. Read more...
Very possible . Due to the vast amount of blood vessels coming to and from the mouth any infection can spread harmful bacteria to the heart or any other organ. It is wise to maintain a healthy mouth and seeing your dentist can help you do that. 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 more...

I'm curious, how long would it take for an untreated tooth infection to finally spread to the heart and brain?

Impossible. While this scenario is definitely possible, there is absolutely no way to predict or quantify the risk. Please do not be the test case. If you have an infection get to the doctor to get it treated. Read more...
Probably never but. If you already had a bad infection, especially if you were not already on antibiotics, it only takes minutes. To clarify this for you, bacteria from an infection in your jaw could travel in the blood stream to other parts of your body within a minutes. However, that is not to say they would produce a serious problem. Your body's defense mechanisms are always active to defend against such attacks. Read more...
Uncertain. There is no real time frame for this for all people. Best to get the infection treated as soon as possible. Read more...
Depends. The anatomy of where the infection is will dictated the pace of reaching the brain cavity in particular. While the heart is at some level of risk for a spreading infection systemically, most deaths from infected teeth were attributable to brain infections. Read more...

My dentist said that a tooth infection hurts. If I have no pain, then I shouldn't be worried about an infection spreading to my brain or heart. True?

Miscommunication. I was not there for your conversation with your dentist but you may have misunderstood what was said. Infections may or may not hurt... they need to be treated regardless. Just because you're not in pain does not mean that you should not worry. Many cancers are painless, but you can die from them. Complications are very rare.. have faith in your healthcare providers. All the best... Read more...