Worse course: It all started with a harmless toothache - a young family man dies from a tooth infection

Young man dies only a few days after dental infection
A young man died in the United States because his dental infection was under-treated. A dentist cleaned the inflamed wound and prescribed antibiotics to the patient, but they were not effective enough. Therefore, the infection could spread to the lungs.

It all started with a toothache
Health experts keep pointing out the importance of taking toothache seriously. If the pain is caused by inflammation of the gums, for example, and remains untreated, the germs can enter the bloodstream via the foci of inflammation and thus promote arteriosclerosis, among other things. The dangers of the inflammation can even extend to the heart. Or to the lungs, like a young American.

Antibiotics didn't work well enough
According to media reports, 26-year-old Vadim Anatoliyevich Kondratyuk from Sacramento (California) was on his way to New York with his truck when he suddenly developed a severe toothache.

The truck driver therefore went to Oklahoma to see a dentist who cleaned the inflamed wound in the mouth and prescribed antibiotics to the patient, reports "CBS News".

When he got there, the pain came back and his mouth swelled. That's why his brother decided to drive him home. However, Kondratyuk's condition deteriorated so much that they went to a hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Infection spread to the lungs
There, the doctors found that the infection had gotten worse and spread through the body. According to the information, the lungs were also affected and the lungs were filled with fluid. The patient was finally unable to breathe independently.

The young father who left two small children died a few days later. "They gave him medication, they tried everything they could," said his wife Nataliya Kondratyuk, according to a report in the Sacramento Bee newspaper.

"We prayed for him that day and night, hoping that he would survive. But God had his plan and we had a conversation with the doctors who told us how it all happened. ... It just didn't heal as it should. It only got worse. "

Brush your teeth regularly
Such infections can cause painful inflammation at the root of the tooth and spread to the head and neck, said Dr. John Luther of Western Dental Insurance told the newspaper. In rare cases, the infection spreads to the bloodstream. Organ systems can be damaged and the infection can ultimately lead to death.

The doctor pointed out that regular tooth brushing and the use of dental floss can prevent tooth decay. This is especially important after eating sugary foods.

If you have a throbbing toothache, you should definitely visit a dentist. Especially when the symptoms are fever or difficulty breathing. (ad)

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