Can a toothache be the cause of higher blood pressure?

I have always had low to normal blood pressure and I went to the dentist today because of a bad toothache coming out of the dentist only to find that I need to get a root canal. I’m not good with things like that. Tends to stress me out a little on top of already being stressed cause I have a wedding to be in and moving all in June. Can anyone help answer my question? Do you think a toothache can cause a little bit higher blood pressure?

Yes -absolutely-all stresses can affect blood pressure. There is a condition called "reactive blood pressure", in which the individual has elevated readings only in certain stressful conditions such as fear, frustration, chronic or acute pain, worry and even positive anticipation. This condition is also often called "white coat syndrome" because even the anticipation of having your blood pressure reading taken may cause it to elevate. To determine if you have this condition keep a blood pressure diary of blood pressure readings at different times of the day and under many different circumstances for several successive days or weeks. If the majority of your readings are in the normal range and the elevation is specific to certain events or emotions you may have reactive blood pressure. If you readings are high and generally remain high — discuss with your physician. Even young people can have high blood pressure that needs to be treated.

9 Responses to “Can a toothache be the cause of higher blood pressure?”

  1. no
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  2. no
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  3. peroxide pixxie on April 1st, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    no
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  4. no. i have never heard of that being the cause. go see your dentist you probably ate too much candy.
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  5. You bet it can. A couple of years ago, my dentist sent me straight over to my G.P., because of my blood pressure. The doctor was amused at the whole thing–but it frightened me.
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  6. No it’s not. I remember before I went to the dentist I had these HORRIBLE KILLER headaches…after I had a root canal or two they went away
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  7. The toothache by itself didn’t cause the high blood pressure. You just said you were at the dentist, and whatever reason, it was the visit to the dentist that caused the higher blood pressure. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate, and that stress is causing the blood pressure spike too, especially moving.
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  8. *ifthatswhatyoureinto* on April 1st, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Yes -absolutely-all stresses can affect blood pressure. There is a condition called "reactive blood pressure", in which the individual has elevated readings only in certain stressful conditions such as fear, frustration, chronic or acute pain, worry and even positive anticipation. This condition is also often called "white coat syndrome" because even the anticipation of having your blood pressure reading taken may cause it to elevate. To determine if you have this condition keep a blood pressure diary of blood pressure readings at different times of the day and under many different circumstances for several successive days or weeks. If the majority of your readings are in the normal range and the elevation is specific to certain events or emotions you may have reactive blood pressure. If you readings are high and generally remain high — discuss with your physician. Even young people can have high blood pressure that needs to be treated.
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  9. YES and most certainly YES – there are many factors that influence a person’s blood pressure.
    Out of these factors, you have about 3 – pain, fear, stress. Say hello to your sympathetic nervous system.
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