What Do YOUR Teeth Have To Do With Chronic Disease?
First of all, what is a chronic disease? The US Center for Health Statistics says a chronic disease is one that lasts for three months or more and cannot be prevented by any vaccine or “cured” by medication.
It is something that can only be “treated” and often by methods that have side effects causing additional damage. Heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and arthritis are among the most common chronic diseases.
The common wisdom is, a lack of good nutrition, poor or nonexistent exercise, or “bad” habits of tobacco use and alcohol consumption are at fault allowing the development of chronic diseases.
Statistically, about one half of all adults have one or more of these, a startling increase over years gone by.
The Tooth Connection
Also on the increase, are the number of root canals performed every year. One out of every four Americans will receive a root canal at a pace of 41,000 a day, a procedure that theoretically saves a tooth by removing its life support.
Is health really preserved by this process?
Even as the diseased central root of the tooth is removed and sealed, the area is never bacteria-proof! Many side canals and tubules that once supplied nutrients and oxygen to the tooth remain and are now isolated and shut off.
The now dead tooth is a breeding ground for anaerobic microorganisms that infect the surrounding tissue and inject toxic secretions. As these bacteria and their toxic load increase and work their way into the blood stream, either through the digestive track or the lymphatic system, they obstruct normal cell functioning, setting up shop within cells and damaging the surroundings tissue.
As the body senses the irritation, the immune system activates the inflammation process which is to isolate, dilute, and eliminate the pathogens and damaged cells. The inflammation response diverts a good deal of the ENERGY the body has available, on a daily basis, into a defensive action that ALWAYS takes priority.
Imagine how much energy the body exerts trying to contend with the bacterial invasion from several old root canals.
As an example, look at this granulation tissue being removed. The body had to use energy form a cyst at the base of an old root canal tooth with chronic infection. Removing the dead tooth and cleaning up the site eliminates a place in the body where the immune system was activated permanently!
Overall body health is compromised as its daily energy supply must be diverted to eliminate pathogens and toxic elements and is why many patients with non-responsive diseases, (chronic diseases) show improvement and remission when dead root canal teeth are removed.
Where chronic illness is present oral manifestations of poor structure, malnutrition, inflammation or toxicity are always present.
Said another way, every chronically ill person has an oral component of health that needs to be reversed.
In many cases the only possible escape from this chronic intoxication is to remove the tooth, the inflamed cystic tissue and soft bone that has been infected.
We are thus eliminating a toxic source, lowering the amount of inflammation, and by so doing the body energy is not being taxed to such a high degree! This helps the body systems move from overwhelm to normal operation, a much better condition to keep in control all disease processes!