Root Canals/Chronic Dental Infection

CHRONIC DENTAL INFECTION

Chronic infection can be one of the underlying reasons for rosacea because with any infection that goes untreated, the body must constantly fight to keep you healthy. A lot of your body’s energy will be focused on clearing out/containing that source. This often occurs with dental surgeries/extractions. Many patients have told me that their rosacea symptoms first appeared after a tooth extraction or root canal. Often when teeth are removed, complications can arise such as dry socket, nerve injury and disrupted sinus communication/infection. Sometimes tiny tooth chips can be left behind, also causing infection. If these are not dealt with, your immune system will become chronically taxed, and will be unable to fight viruses, allergens, pathogens, etc. effectively. This leads to chronic inflammation, which leads to rosacea. 

Root canals are another common source problem which some dentists are finally starting to recognize as problematic. Root canals involve removing a decayed or infected tooth, where the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned out and sealed. Often the inside of the tooth is not cleaned out properly and bacteria remains, which is then placed back in the socket for the bacteria to proliferate.  The problem is when the “dead” tooth is placed back in the mouth. If one of your fingers had frostbite and “died” you could not leave that finger attached to your body or it would poison your entire body. Some believe the same is true with root canals. 

There are at least 5 ways a root canal can cause problems:

  • Infection inside or outside of the root canals
  • Extruded root canal filling causing an immune response
  • Accumulation of cholesterol crystals that irritate the tissues
  • Cystic lesion where the root canal is done
  • Scar tissue healing of the root canal site

Dr. Weston Price has done extensive testing on root canals and the bacteria that is left behind. One study tested the effectiveness of root canal cleaning procedures and found endotoxins and pathogenic bacteria in 100% of root canals. The cleaning procedures can clear up to 44% of these bacteria, but the bacteria always persist. According to Dr. Price, “many of these bacteria are naturally present in the mouth, but they only become a problem when we are infected with them. When they grow in the root canal, the anaerobic conditions inside the root canal can cause these bacteria to become more dangerous. In addition, the ecosystem of these bacteria can make them even more dangerous.”

Research consistently shows that infections of the mouth and teeth can cause systemic inflammation and disease throughout the entire body. 

Dr. Price believes root canals can cause a host of medical issues ranging from heart disease to cancer. In my short time treating rosacea patients, I have already encountered three who told me their symptoms began shortly after a root canal. Coincidence? I doubt it. A holistic dentist can help by removing the infected tooth or decay and replacing it with a ceramic bridge or titanium post, which both appear to be better options than a root canal.

Rosacea Safe Skincare

Rosacea Treatment process

I’ve been using Vaseline since I was a little girl with severely chapped hands and lips. It worked miracles on my hands and was the only thing that wouldn’t make them sting. Vaseline certainly has its place in the world, but recently I’ve been seeing a lot of “petrochemical-free” products, and I wanted to share more about them.

Products such as petroleum jelly and mineral oil are byproducts of petroleum (gasoline) refinement. It’s true they come from petroleum, but they are highly refined and are considered “safe” for use on our skin and even in our food products. On the upside, they don’t cause irritation to the vast majority of the population, don’t spoil, and are used by surgeons after closing up stitches. They provide a waterproof barrier to chapped or chafed skin to allow skin to heal beneath the barrier. As I said, they definitely have their place in the world.

My issue with petrochemical products is that they are used far too frequently as a base or additive for cosmetic moisturizers. They are abundant and cheap, can easily add substance to a moisturizer. Basically they are added to your skincare to make you think you are buying more product than you are. As good as they are at protecting irritated skin, these products should never be used on fragile facial skin which has acne, rosacea, or other sensitivities. They will only aggravate your skin further and prevent it from breathing- basically they would trap any bacteria or irritants into your skin. Even though your skin might initially feel soft, the product won’t be absorbed into your skin, and the mineral oil can actually draw moisture out of your skin. With so many fantastic, plant-based moisturizers out there full of antioxidants and natural anti-inflammatories, is it surprising that major brands like CereVe continue to use petrochemicals? No. Petrochemicals are very inexpensive and as long as dermatologists continue to promote these brands, rosacea and acne sufferers will continue to use them, not knowing that there are so many other beneficial options out there.

Since learning about petrochemicals and toxins in general, I have switched all my skincare products to clean brands, which are free of petrochemicals, sulfates, parabens, colors, fragrance, or dyes. Most clean brands are hypoallergenic, plant based, nonGMO, vegan, and cruelty free. These brands often do NOT advertise and rather spend money on the quality of the ingredients and third-party testing over fancy marketing campaigns. I’ve found that my bottles actually last a lot longer because less product is needed, since there are no fillers or petrochemicals to “bulk” up the product.

For rosacea skin, I would suggest a high-quality probiotic moisturizer which does not have petrochemicals. This does not mean buying a store-bought moisturizer with “Now with Probiotics!” listed on the label! These “beauty” companies spend more money on their advertising campaigns than on the actual product. It means spending a little more money upfront on a quality moisturizer that is not full of chemicals and will actually heal your skin because of all the natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.

Nature itself is the best physician.

-Hippocrates