dental care


Question by  Tara27 (116)

Can a blood test tell if you have strep in your teeth?

I'm not sure how a doctor would test for that.


Answer by  HH (404)

Streptococcus species belong to the normal flora of the mouth. They can be cultured easily. Most common are S. sanguis or S. mutans (which causes caries). They probably get in the bloodstream on a regular basis by little injuries during tooth brushing. s. pyogenes that causes strep throat does not colonize the oral cavity.


Answer by  salsafoodie (3146)

I never heard of a doctor checking your teeth to see if you have strep throat. Normally, you would check your throat and the signs are pretty obvious. However, maybe new technology can catch the strep throat easier.


Answer by  DMH (4)

No, a blood test can be used to test if you have an infection due to the white blood cell count. But it cannot specifically point out where the infection is and what it is.

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