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A Tooth Infection Can Spread to Your Body?

January 15, 2020

Leaving an untreated tooth leaves it susceptible to becoming infected. A tooth infection happens when bacteria gets in the tooth through a chip, crack or a cavity.


Did you know that an untreated tooth infection can spread to other places in your body?





Symptoms of Tooth Infection


  • Throbbing tooth pain

  • Swelling of the cheeks

  • Fever

  • Bad breath

  • Tender or swollen lymph nodes in the neck

  • Sensitive to pressure in the mouth

  • Pain that worsens as you lie down

  • Throbbing jawbone, ear or neck pain


Symptoms of the Tooth Infection Spreading to the Body


A tooth infection can spread to elsewhere in your body which could become potentially life-threatening. Below is a list of signs and symptoms that the tooth has spread elsewhere:


  • You feel unwell such as a headache, fatigue, dizziness

  • Fever

  • Face swelling

  • You are dehydrated

  • Increased heart rate

  • Increased breathing rate

  • Stomach pain and/or diarrhea, vomiting

What to Do


It is imperative to have diagnosed treatment completed when it is found to avoid getting a tooth infection. If you are experiencing a toothache please call our office to get treatment before it gets worse at 780-849-2233.


*If you are experiencing a high fever, chest pain, difficulty breathing, mental confusion, seizures or convulsions, unexplained skin rash, persistent vomiting or pain when urinating please contact your doctor as soon as possible.



Disclaimer: The content on this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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