According to Wake Up World, there is a commonly-performed dental procedure that dentists tell us it is completely safe, despite the fact that some scientists have been claiming that this is a dangerous procedure since a long time ago.
According to statistics, in the U.S. alone, 41,000 of these procedures are done on patients who are certain that they are permanently and safely solving their problem. The dental procedure, also known as root canal, is very common and more than 25 million root canals are done on a yearly basis in the U.S. only..
The Dangers of Root Canal Treatment
When a root canal treatment is performed, it basically leaves a dead tooth that has become the perfect environment for toxic anaerobic bacteria which can enter the blood and trigger a lot of health problems, even decades after the procedure. For years, these teeth may look fine and this is why their role in disease is even harder to track back.
Even though the American Dental Association deems root canals safe, there is no published data or research that can back up such claims.
Hence, more than a century ago, a pioneering dentist, Weston Prince, found a link between illnesses and root canalled teeth, however, the reason remains unknown. He is considered by many to be the greatest dentist of all time. He worked as a dentist and researcher and travelled throughout the world with the goal to study teeth, bones, and diets of native populations who are eating modern-day food.
Around the 1900s, he started having doubts about this procedure and he believed that the infection persists, despite the treatment. So, one day, he recommended to a patient of his, a woman who was in a wheelchair for 6 years, to extract her root canal tooth although it seemed fine. The patient agreed and then the tooth was implanted under a rabbit’s skin and the rabbit soon developed the same arthritis as the woman had and died 10 days later. The woman recovered from arthritis and was able to ditch the wheelchair and walk with the help of a cane.
In 1922, he wrote two of his groundbreaking books where he included details about the link between chronic diseases and dental pathology.
According to Dr. Price, these diseases have to do with root canals:
- Kidney disease
- Heart disease
- Arthritis and rheumatism
- Neurological illnesses
- Autoimmune illnesses
Why Does this Procedure Cause Disease?
As a result of the deprivation of oxygen and nutrients, these organisms now transform into stronger anaerobes which produce a lot of powerful toxins. From friendly oral bacteria, they become toxic pathogens waiting for a chance to spread further. There are cases when the infection can extend down into the jawbone and lead to the creation of cavitations or necrotic tissues in the jawbone characterized by pockets of infected tissue and gangrene. Sometimes, they may be created after an extraction of a tooth or after a root canal procedure.