One of the most feared dental procedures is the root canal. It can also be one of the most painful. For the thousands of people who have them, most are unaware of the danger that it may pose to their health. More than 25 million root canals are performed each year in the United States.
A root canal is a procedure where the dentist drills out decay, removes the infected pulp and then places a file down the canal to remove the remaining pulp. The canals are then filled with a plastic material (gutta percha). The tooth is now basically dead and remaining in your mouth.
The issue lies with anaerobic bacteria that remains in the tooth canal which can be released into the blood stream causing mild to serious health conditions such as MS, ALS and even cancer. Dr Hal Huggins’ website shares the specific issues with having something that is “dead” in your mouth and which toxic bacteria have been found when tested.
Approximately 25% of the population have strong immune systems and are able to live symptom and issue free after a root canal. This causes dentists and endodontists to believe, falsely, that root canals are perfectly safe. However, there are approximately 75% who’s immune systems have been compromised through poor nutrition, accidents, illnesses, stress, etc. These are the individuals who develop symptoms that cause them to go from doctor to doctor in attempts to find answers to their maladies. A high percentage of these cases are due to the bacteria coming from their root canal filled teeth, or from tooth extractions, or other foci of infection.
Recently, Dr Robert Jones, a researcher, discovered a very high correlation between root canals and breast cancer. He performed a five year study of 300 breast cancer patients which showed that 93% of the women with breast cancer had root canals. Seven percent had other dental issues. An interesting note was that tumors, in most cases, manifested on the same side of the body as the root canal(s) or where dental restoration we performed. Dr Jones determined that toxins from the bacteria in the infected tooth and jawbone may inhibit the body’s natural ability to suppress tumor development.
My personal story is similar. I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in 2000. The cancerous nodule was located on the right side of my thyroid gland. I had one root canal tooth in my mouth which was located on the right side of my body in a lower molar. When fighting cancer naturally I had 11 amalgam fillings removed along with pulling the root canal tooth. When extracted my dentist noted that there was black sludge under the tooth along with necrosis of the jaw bone. It was after I cleaned up my mouth that I began to experience a more rapid healing from cancer.
Dental health is important to your full body health. One of the things that I use are Young Living dental products that contain Thieves Oil. Clove is a key ingredient in this blend and it has been shown to help heal teeth and combat dental bacteria that contributes to gingivitis.
Sources: Health and Wellness Editor Stephanie A. Buist, ND HC
To prevent poor quality dentistry, always be skeptical of dental procedures and ask a lot of questions. Dr. Wilson also suggest avoiding root canal treatments, and avoid fluoride treatments and other questionable medical and dental procedures. Keeping your teeth is helpful for everyone’s health, so beware of dentists who suggest removing healthy teeth for one reason or another. For example, an abscess is not necessarily a reason to remove a tooth. A nutritional balancing program will usually end the infection and the tooth can usually be saved. Also, look for minimally invasive dentistry. For example, more and more dentists are using dental lasers instead of drills. This is a great improvement, in many cases. It is much less painful, requires little or no anesthesia, and is safer.