My 14-year-old had a root canal last December. She also had salivary gland infections on both sides in the past eight months. We are waiting to get two cavities filled in early November. That’s the earliest appointment we could get with her pediatric dentist. The X-ray shows cavities only without infection. Could tooth infections cause salivary gland infections, too? Thank you. Alexis from KS
We understand your concerns about the cause of your daughter’s salivary gland infections.
Can a Tooth Infection Cause Salivary Gland Infection?
Bacteria from a progressive tooth infection can spread and affect the salivary glands. However, if you have tooth decay without infection, it will not spread to the salivary glands. However, if your daughter’s dental X-rays show no signs of infection, there is nothing to spread to the salivary glands.
According to a Medical News Today article, Staphylococcus aureus is the most common cause of salivary gland infections. Other causes of salivary gland infections include the following:
- Coliform bacteria
- Herpes virus
- Influenza A virus
- Mumps virus
- Parainfluenza types 1 and 2
- Streptococci bacteria
By practicing good oral hygiene, you can minimize the risks of bacteria overgrowth in your mouth. Floss daily and brush twice daily. Also, get regular dental cleaning and exams. Your daughter’s dentist can determine her exam and teeth cleaning schedule to maintain her oral health.
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