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Can a tooth infection affect your whole body?

I am a 27 year old female and I have an infected tooth. Can a tooth infection affect your whole body?

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As a 27 year old healthy female, the infection will cause the body to release C Reative Protein, which will affect your heart. If your imune system is compromised, as it might be in a 27 year old female that is immunocompromised by diabetes, chemo, or any disorder or disease that lowers your immune system, one can become septic, which is a whole body infection, and can potentially cause death.
Yes, an infection can definitely affect your body.
It sure can and depending on the size and severity of the infection it could lead to some serious complications. Please take care of your infection asap!
Yes, the bacteria can get into your blood and be transferred somewhere else, or multiply and make a septicemia, which is deadly in a few hours. So don’t delay the treatment too much.
Yes. An Infected tooth/abscessed tooth can not only affect your whole body, but can also cause the infection to spread throughout your whole body. It can get into your bloodstream and harmfully affect your heart, kidneys, and other vital organs over time. Don't delay with a dental infection. See a dentist as soon as possible and get it taken care of. You will be glad you did sooner than later.

Dr. Sowell
Yes, a tooth infection can absolutely negatively affect your entire body. And if there is an abscess, if the abscess is untreated, that could result in hospitalization.


Dr. Rankin
Having a tooth infection can result in having a facial swelling. Please see your dentist to see what you can do to remove the infection.

While it does not happen all the time; yes, ANY infection can affect your whole body. An infection signals the body's immune system to be active. This means that the body's blood vessels swell up an start leaking to get immune cells in the area of the the infection. The immune cells are now active and travel throughout your body. Chronic (long standing) inflammation starts to affect other organs as well as affect illnesses such as diabetes. Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD
Yes, of course.
Many of the diseases are related to your oral health. Your mouth is the gateway to your body. So if you maintain your oral health that will surely help you in ignoring the different diseases like diabaties, pregnancy, hrat disease etc.

Yes, bacteria gets in the blood stream and goes everywhere.