An infection in the gums will cause infection in the heart (endocarditis
) in someone with heart valve problems such as mitral valve prolapse
. Not only the teeth or gums but any procedure that will cause contact with the blood stream such as a removal of a mole, etc can cause infection in the blood and thus the heart in these people. Always tell your doctor even with a rectal or pelvic exam that you have these valve problems so you can be premedicated with an antibiotic.