Q. Can bacteria spread to the bloodstream after having had dental cleaning?

Answered by
Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
Published on Nov 06, 2017 and last reviewed on: Oct 12, 2019

Hello doctor,

I am on Amoxicillin 500 mg twice a day for an abscess in my gum and I have just had teeth cleaning at the dentist's office. I read on the internet that the cleaning can cause the bacteria to spread to my bloodstream. Is this true?

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Hello,

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  • Yes, the infection spreads to the blood when there occurs bleeding at the site of infection. But, that is for what you are taking Amoxicillin.
  • Your dentist has prescribed you Amoxicillin to treat all sorts of infection either in blood or in the oral cavity.
  • You need not worry as the medication you are taking is for treating the infection. It will limit the growth of bacteria and kill them so that they may not infect any new organ or tissues.

Regards.

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