My mother is in her 80s and really hates going to the doctor and/or dental office. She has a toothache, but she’s also been having some chest pain. She says it is nothing and that it happens sometimes when she has a toothache. I don’t know if she is deflecting or if she really is fine and I need to stop worrying. Either way, I do think we should at least check out her toothache. Have you ever heard of a toothache causing chest pain?
Toothaches and Chest Pains can Indicate a Heart Attack
I think it is important that you get your mother to the emergency room right away. While not a common sign of a heart attack, in about 10% of cases there is oral-facial pain. Even without the toothache, chest pain should always be checked out by medical personnel.
Other Signs of a Heart Attack
This list comes from the Mayo Clinic
- Pain, tightness, pressure, or an aching or squeezing feeling in the chest or arms that may spread through the jaw, neck, or back.
- Indigestion, nausea, heartburn, or abdominal pain.
- Shortness of breath.
- Cold sweats.
- Sudden dizziness or lightheadedness.
The Link Between Dental Health and Heart Health
Research has shown there is a correlation between oral health and a person’s general health. In fact, there is a direct correlation between gum disease and cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and several other unwanted conditions. You mentioned your mother’s avoidance of the dentist. That, combined with the fact that she has a toothache, I suggest you convince her to get to the dentist as soon as possible.
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