Is There a Link Between Toothache and Heart Attack?

Long-lasting and persistent toothache; If it is accompanied by headache, jaw pain or sweating, a heart attack should be suspected.

A study conducted in the USA revealed that as strange as it may seem, toothache can be an indicator of a heart attack. Many of you have experienced pain in your teeth while going through something physically demanding and stressful, and have experienced immediate relief after some rest. It may seem very frightening to you, but there may be symptoms of a heart attack caused by heart narrowing that develops as a result of some minor reasons, insufficient pumping of oxygenated blood to the heart muscle, and a pain that radiates to the left side of your jaw may ignite. Patients with a history of heart disease should be cautious after a sudden toothache (especially in individuals with good oral health), suspecting that they may have a heart attack.

What Causes Clots?

Doctors at this heart center in America talk about the fact that many individuals suffering from toothache, just like this patient, are not aware that these pains may be associated with a heart attack. The pain makes itself felt by radiating outward from the teeth or along the jaw, and may even feel like an earache. If bacteria from the mouth enter blood vessels, they attach to fatty deposits in the arteries and lead to clots that cause coronary heart disease and inflammation of the muscle and heart valves (endocarditis). All of these; It blocks blood flow and nutrient sources and the distribution of oxygen to the heart, which causes the heart to not function properly.” However, it should be noted that; this does not mean that everyone who experiences toothache is at risk of having a heart attack; this is a clear warning. But for people with any heart and coronary disease, especially toothache; If it is accompanied by headache, jaw pain or sweating, extra attention should be paid.

Excess in Women

Until a few years ago, healthcare professionals were not aware that some bacteria that enter the blood vessels from the gums can cause strokes and heart attacks. Toothache remains one of the warning signs. However, researchers; He says that pain in the head, jaw and face area is a condition of insufficient blood flow to the heart muscle or the only symptom of a heart attack and is 10 times more common in women than men. Heart specialists say, ‘If the pain persists, it may be a heart attack’. Head, face and jaw pain symptoms, which are confused with the classic heart attack symptoms, include the pain felt in the throat; They insist that the left mandible, right mandible, ears, jaw joints and teeth are present. Generally speaking, not every toothache will result in a heart attack, but if it does, then it can be life-threatening. Dentists and physicians all unexplained face, jaw and skull pain; should play an important role in underlining that it should be an indicator for a heart attack. There were some relationships between our oral health and our heart health that we have known for many years. However, this information was not intended to protect our heart health, but to protect our heart, which already had a structural disorder and/or had surgery for this reason. The most important thing is to tell these people how important oral and dental health is for them, and to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.


oral health; It is very important in children with congenital heart disease and adults with heart valve disease. Bacteria formed in decayed teeth mix with the blood in treatments such as fillings and extractions to be made on these teeth, and then settle in the problematic area of ​​the heart, which is already an infection-prone area, and multiply there, leading to the infection of the tissue covering the inner surface of the heart, which we call ‘Infective Endocarditis’. Infective endocarditis is a life-threatening infection. Another risky group for infective endocarditis is patients who have a prosthesis implanted in their heart, such as an artificial heart valve, heart patch, or pacemaker. Bacteria formed in the teeth multiply on the prosthesis placed in the heart, causing an extremely deadly picture we call ‘prosthetic endocarditis’. It is vital for such patients to be in good communication with their dentists and to be treated with appropriate antibiotics before any intervention to the teeth in order to prevent such undesirable problems.

Hemen Ara
Yol Tarifi