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 and Heavy Metals

If you’re familiar with Anthony William (Medical Medium) then you’ve heard of the problem with heavy metals. He believes they are the underlying cause of hundreds of ailments ranging from psoriasis to Alzheimer’s to thyroid conditions. When I first heard this theory I didn’t give it much thought. (This was back when I thought rosacea was a skin condition.) After all I’ve learned in the past 10 months and all the people I’ve witnessed get better after years of rosacea, I do think heavy metals play a role. Mercury is the biggest offender, followed by aluminum, lead, copper, etc. We are exposed to these metals daily in our water, medications, vaccines, canned food, soda cans, cookware, deodorant, medications, makeup, lotions, shampoo, etc. Ugh. Now a small amount of heavy metal exposure is manageable, but the problem is we are no longer eating the foods necessary to purge these metals out of the body.

Heavy metals most often land in our liver, gut and brain. They stay there, accumulating over time. Heavy metal deposits in the brain are the main cause of dementia and Alzheimer’s. Heavy metal deposits in the liver are one of the underlying causes of rosacea. So how do we rid our bodies of these metals? There is a combination of ingredients recommended by Anthony William which is very effective. I started making smoothies last fall with all the ingredients when I considered the possibility of this being the underlying cause of my rosacea. These ingredients all work in harmony to latch on to heavy metals, carry them to the kidneys and colon, and get rid of them! The problem is I don’t like taking the time to prepare everything, so I came up with an alternative: a heavy metal detox drink. It turns out that 4 of the 5 critical ingredients are already in the Greens Balance powder I use daily. (Spirulina, Chlorella, Barley Grass Juice Powder, Blueberries). I then add a scoop of cilantro powder or eat cilantro during the day, and I’m done.

I knew this detox was working when I started to have sore gums. I couldn’t figure out what this was from so I would go a couple of days without the greens, and my gums would stop hurting. Then when I did the greens again, within a few hours my gums would start to ache. It finally occurred to me that it was probably the mercury in my amalgams. They ached on and off for a few weeks, then finally stopped aching. Many people experience headaches the first few weeks of doing a heavy metal detox, but I always see all side effects as a good thing. They are temporary, and they are a reminder that you are on the right path.

I plan to have this daily drink for the rest of my life, along with my liver detox tea and probiotic. While I’ve already purged the majority of toxins, chemicals and heavy metals that were overwhelming my organs, I want to keep my liver happy for maintenance. So a daily greens drink and a cup of detox tea are certainly within reason.

If you would like to make your own smoothies, the best ingredients are:

-Cilantro, wild blueberries from Maine, Atlantic dulse, spirulina, chlorella, and barley grass juice powder. There are a few other substitutions that can be made, but those are they key ingredients.

This is also an excellent daily drink to give kids (35 fruits and veggies!) or elderly who may be showing early signs of dementia. While you may not see results right away, over time, why NOT detox heavy metals from the body?