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Root Canal Caution

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If you’ve ever had—or are slated to get—a root canal, then you’ll be interested in this: research points toward root canals resulting in toxic bacteria that can be the "root" cause of a variety of diseases.

It’s a startling conclusion, too, but one that’s been brewing for several decades, since the Mayo Clinic and others have thought this to be true since 1910 or 1920. What’s more is that over 25 million root canals are performed in the United States alone each year, making this a far-reaching phenomenon.

In essence, teeth that have had a root canal are “dead” teeth, but they can become quiet incubators for highly toxic bacteria that can invade your body over time.

What happens is that, although you may look and feel healthy after having a root canal, it’s not possible for all of the bacteria to be removed during a root canal. After the procedure, residual bacteria can become extremely toxic anaerobic (non-oxygen requiring) bacteria that continue to grow inside and around the tooth area as well as the surrounding ligaments. This can lead to long-term adverse health consequences.

Of course, during the 1910s and 1920s, we didn’t have advanced technology to confirm any of this, but now we do. In fact, the Toxic Element Research Foundation (TERF), used state-of-the-art DNA testing technology and discovered many pathological bacteria within root canal teeth and in the bone adjacent to the teeth. Likewise, they found even more bacteria in extraction sites where healing hasn’t occurred. Incidentally, non-healing happens in greater than 99 percent of wisdom tooth extraction sites, so wisdom teeth extraction can pose problems, too, as can other oral surgical explorations into the bone.

The developing toxic bacteria then can enter the bloodstream at a fairly constant rate, circulating to other sites in the body and causing disease or ill health to tissues, organs and more. Dr. George Meinig, one of the founders of the American Association of Endodontists and author of Root Canal Cover Up, says that among the most frequent fallouts from this bacterial invasion are heart disease and circulatory problems. Those are followed by diseases affecting the joints, such as arthritis and rheumatism, as well as diseases affecting the brain and nervous system, such as MS or ALS.

Interestingly, the roots of teeth go into the jawbone and are secured by the periodontal ligaments. Most people know that there are one-to-four major canals in a tooth, but there are literally miles of accessory canals in a tooth, which can serve as inroads for spreading the toxic bacteria.

Unfortunately, even painstaking attempts at sterilizing all the areas around a root canal tooth are not effective. Simply put, all the accessory canals can’t be reached and then they become colonized by these rogue bacteria, often spreading beyond those areas and throughout the body.

Speaking of those toxic bacteria. . . the TERF identified 42 different species of anaerobic bacteria in 43 root canal samples and even more among other tooth-related procedures and resulting bacterial infestations. Among the bacteria found were: Capnocytophagaochracea, Fusobacteriumnucleatum, Gemellamorbillorum, Leptotrichiabuccalis and Porphyromonasgingivalis.

Of the bacteria found, four of them can adversely affect the heart (cardiovascular disease and stroke); three can damage your nerves, while two can hurt the kidneys. Likewise, two can unfavorably alter the brain (abscesses) and one can infect sinus cavities. The bacteria can overrun the body, resulting in septic shock as well.

That’s not all, though. Nearly 400 percent more bacteria were found in the blood surrounding the root canal tooth than were in the tooth itself, while the bone surrounding root-canaled teeth had an even higher bacterial count.

So, what should you do if you want to avoid a root canal or other invasive dental procedures? First of all, do your homework. Find out all you can about the pros, cons and alternatives. You may also want to consult with a biological dentist in your area. Ask questions and seek answers.

Remember that you are the manager of your health, including your oral health and beyond. Do all you can to avoid root canal dangers and other threats.


This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.

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