Most AF sufferers do not want to hear these two words in the same sentence. I was concerned about having a troublesome tooth extracted this morning. I stopped taking Rivaroxaban for 48 hours before on the advice of the cardiologist and I am happy to report all is well. I have had gum abscesses and infections on and off for years but despite x-rays the dentist could not get to the root of the problem (no pun intended!). As soon as the tooth was out she could see the root was badly infected and this has been causing the trouble all the time. Other posts have mentioned links between dental trouble and the heart. So I will be keen to find out if having this tooth out might reduce my AF episodes. Here's hoping!