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Can an infected tooth raise blood pressure?

Can an infected tooth raise blood pressure?
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Dear ,

Although an infected tooth could potentially raise blood pressure, this would be more in the case of an acutely infected tooth that is painful and symptomatic. Anything that causes stress-- even simple anxiety-- can raise blood pressure. However, if your tooth is relatively painless and is not manifesting with other signs and symptoms of acute
infection (swelling, pus, fever, etc.), the likelihood is that your high blood pressure is unrelated to your infected tooth.

Mind you, that doesn't mean that your infected tooth does not merit remedial action-- it could over time have negative consequences for your systemic health, and could expose you to risk of an acute and painful toothache. However, it would seem unlikely to be implicated in your rising blood pressure.

Hope this helps...
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