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If you have an ear infection can it spread to a bad tooth causing an abscess?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Abscess is caused by the tooth being infected, an untreated cavity.
Ears don't infect teeth. Different problems, different treatments. You need to see both a physician and a dentist, and don't put the appointments off because this can really go south very quickly.

In brief: No

Abscess is caused by the tooth being infected, an untreated cavity.
Ears don't infect teeth. Different problems, different treatments. You need to see both a physician and a dentist, and don't put the appointments off because this can really go south very quickly.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Infections from a broken down tooth come from bacteria that has infected your tooth from within your mouth.
.. The bacteria cannot spread from your ear and infect a tooth.

In brief: No

Infections from a broken down tooth come from bacteria that has infected your tooth from within your mouth.
.. The bacteria cannot spread from your ear and infect a tooth.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Location matters

These are both in your head, but that does not mean what happens with one has anything to do with the other. They are separated by tissues & distance and have no direct way for the germs in one to travel to and be involved with the other.

In brief: Location matters

These are both in your head, but that does not mean what happens with one has anything to do with the other. They are separated by tissues & distance and have no direct way for the germs in one to travel to and be involved with the other.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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