I want to know if chest pain can be caused by a toothache. My mother is 75 and is a tad stubborn. She periodically has toothaches I have to try to convince her to get checked, but this morning she mentioned chest pain too. I started to panic but she says it has happened before and it ended up being nothing. I wanted to take her to the hospital but she said no. Now, I’ve been fretting about it all day. Could that just be referred pain from her tooth or should I have taken her to the hospital?
ANY time someone has chest pain it is important to get them to the hospital!
Heart attacks can have multiple symptoms and often vary by person. Orofacial pain happens in about 10% of heart attacks. However, it isn’t generally localized to a single tooth, but radiates across the jaw. That doesn’t mean your mother shouldn’t get checked out because as mentioned earlier, everyone manifests a heart attack slightly differently. This is especially true of women.
Toothaches Should be Taken Seriously
Even if her heart is fine, a toothache needs to be taken seriously. Often, they are a sign of a tooth infection. These should be considered a dental emergency. When the infection is not physically removed by a dentist in a procedure known as a root canal treatment, the infection will spread. Antibiotics alone won’t help. Even in the 21st century, people still die from tooth infections.
The Link Between Bodily Health and Oral Health
There are increasing studies that show dental health has a direct link to someone’s general health. This is especially true with gum disease. Patients with gum disease have an increased chance of heart attacks, diabetes, high blood pressure, and stroke. Helping your mother get in front of her dental issues will have an overall positive impact on her health.
This blog is brought to you by Tulsa Dentist Dr. Ryan Noah.