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Posted by Sue on June 21, 2000 at 23:00:55:

Had my teeth cleaned. The next morning, all of a sudden, my left side of my face started to tingle and felt like it was going numb. Within 2 minutes, my lips swelled up (left side only). Went to the emergency room. Doctors did not think it was Bell's Palsy, but did not know what it was. They gave me Benedryl and sent me home. The Benedryl did seem to help -- by the evening the swelling was down and tingling/numbness was less, but it was still there. I was wondering if that could have happened due to bacteria in my mouth, that when my gums bled during the cleaning, that this somehow got into my system. I will be due for another cleaning very soon, but I am kind of afraid to go, as I do not want this to happen again. I've been to the dentist many, many times, had braces at younger age, etc. This is the same dentist I have been going to for 15 years. I was also wondering if I should be taking an antibiotic before the cleaning. I have read where some people have to do this -- why, I don't know -- is
it to prevent bacterial infections? Thank you for any advice you can give.

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