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Can tooth pain lead to stomach pain?

Asked by jtvoar16 (2133 points ) April 22nd, 2014

I was wondering if tooth pain in the upper jaw could lead to stomach and back pain, in some fashion?
My teeth are in a horrid fashion, and most of the back teeth in my upper jaw have broken and are falling apart.
In the last three days, I have been experiencing extreme stabs of pain in my chest, stomach, and back (though the back has only been hurting for two days now). Every time there is a flair of pain in my lower area, my upper jaw hurts were the teeth are falling apart.
I’ve heard that tooth and chest pain can be connected.

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Tropical_Willie's avatar

The bad teeth and root can be infected and in turn cause distress in the rest of your body.

One of my ex- in-laws died from a heart condition cause by his never going to a dentist accept to get teeth pulled. They think his heart valve was inflamed and infected by the bad/infected teeth.

JLeslie's avatar

It sounds more like the pain in your stomach is causing the weak area in your mouth to have pain. Pain can definitely cause pain in other areas. Pain is a trauma to the body and sometimes we don’t realize we are adjusting or moving because we are in pain and that throws another area off. From what you described I would not chalk it up to your teeth, and I would address the stomach and chest pain if it doesn’t let up. Do you see it change when you eat? Go to the bathroom? Are you short of breath? Nauseas?

cheebdragon's avatar

They can cause severe illness, but I’ve never heard of stabbing pains in the stomach being one of them. In any fashion, it’s probably best that you get to a doctor ASAP.

Smitha's avatar

Get to the dentist and have a thorough examination. As @Tropical_Willie mentioned Infected tooth could be the reason for stomach pain. Another possible reason could be when you have tooth ache you will not be able to chew properly, there would be a tendency to swallow the food without making it small enough for the stomach to digest and hence digestion is not complete. This undigested food causes an increase in bacteria in the intestines, which may lead to abdominal pain and cramping.

GloPro's avatar

Just to be clear, the pain is in the nerves in your broken teeth and not in your jaw?
If you are feeling pain in your jaw, back, and chest, please just have your heart checked out just to be safe. I don’t know much about teeth nerves, but the nerve branches for jaw, back and chest are definitely connected.

Paradox25's avatar

From my own experience a tooth abscess is an infection that can spread to other parts of your body, so yes it’s possible. Whether tooth problems are the actual cause of your problems can only be determined by a doctor though.

creative1's avatar

Yes as other have said there is probably a bad infection and your body pains are from your body fighting that infection go see a dentist and/or a doctor and get on some antibiotics and then have those teeth taken care of because if your don’t it will just come back.

I hope you feel better soon!

pleiades's avatar

How often is this stabbing pain and how long does it last? I agree with @GloPro those are a trifecta symptoms for heart issues.

Now don’t panic. Your pain could also be heartburn and gas build up. To rule that out, try having some ginger ale soda after your meals to get trapped gases out of your body.

Just step up your oral healthcare. It isn’t 100% proven but researches feel there is a link between poor oral health and bad hearts they haven’t found the definitive link but it involves gingivitis in the blood stream constantly…

Coloma's avatar

Yes, and, infected teeth can release bacteria that effects your heart as well. You can get a heart infection which is very dangerous. Do whatever it takes to get your teeth taken care of asap.

trailsillustrated's avatar

< is a board certified dentist. Here’s why tooth pain can cause other body pain: The nerves. The mouth is in your head and therefore close to your brain. The tri-geminal nerves are connected and closely related to your pain receptors and meninges in your brain, therefore you can have referred pain, which may manifest as the symptoms you describe. Here’s another thing: When you have dental infections, because the tissues in the mouth are highly vascular, you have graham negative anaerobic bacteria present in your bloodstream. This is bad because your mouth is near your brain. From your writing it sounds like you might be in the UK, which has the NHS. Please, please go to casualty right away. It’s not a small thing. Let us know what happens, we care..

trailsillustrated's avatar

And here’s my tips for a healthy mouth, no one asked me but: Brush at a 45 degree angle, into your gums. For two minutes, yes two. Time it.
Brush your tongue. Yes.
Always use bleach products. Why? Because bleach kills bacteria, people. Use that extra strength whitening toothpaste, use those Creststrips. If you get a little sensitivity, lay off for a day or two and then start back.
And the most important: Do not drink soft drinks, ever. EVER. Anything with ‘High fructose corn syrup’ do. not. use.
Do not eat sugar. If you do, carry water and constantly drink it. Always be hydrated. The number one cause of dental decay is: drymouth. This is because, your natual saliva has it’s own bacteria that will ward off decay, but you must have a properly salivated mouth for this to work. DRINK water people. Anytime you eat anything sticky, whether it be barbeque or anything, RINSE. Always rinse. And, this is the most important, do not EVER leave food stuck between your teeth, and, do not neglect: Rinse, and brush. I hope this helps.
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gailcalled's avatar

Not quite on-topic but marginally relevant.

As the permanent owner of a synthetic knee joint, I have to now take a heavy-duty antibiotic an hour before any dental work, even routine scraping and cleaning, for life. I can no longer take any chance of introducing any bacteria into the blood stream for fear of having them travel to the sight of the implant and cause an infection there. And my teeth are in very good shape and well-tended and maintained.

trailsillustrated's avatar

http://www.ada.org/8059.aspx
you are doing the very best thing.

gailcalled's avatar

I have no choice at the moment. The dentist won’t even look at me cross-eyed if I haven’t taken the anti-biotic before I get into the chair, whatever the study that you just referenced suggests. But this is really not relevant to the OP’s issue.

trailsillustrated's avatar

@gailcalled no, it is not, nor is your knee issue, and whether or not to pre-medicate. We both digress, as far as I could tell OP had a general Q about referred pain.

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