Root Canals

When asked. “What diseases? Price answered, “Yes, a high percentage of chronic degenerative diseases can originate from “root filled teeth”. The most frequent were heart and circulatory diseases and he found 16 different causative agents for these. The next most common diseases were those of the joints, arthritis and rheumatism. In third place— but almost tied for second were diseases of the brain and nervous system. After that, any disease you can name might (and in some cases has) come from root filled teeth.About Dr. Price’s research. He started his investigations in 1900, and continued until 1925, then published two volumes in 1923.
In 1915 the National Dental Association (which changed its name a few years later to The American Dental Association) was so impressed with his work, that they appointed Dr. Price their first Research Director. His Advisory Board read like a who’s Who in medicine and dentistry for that era. They represented the fields of bacteriology, rheumatology, surgery, chemistry, anad cardiology.At one point in his writings Dr. Price made this observation:
“Dr., is due credit for the early recognition of the importance of streptococcal focal infections in systemic involvements.
It is very unfortunate to learn here that very valuable information was covered up and totally buried some 70 years ago by a minority group of autocratic doctors who just didn’t believe or couldn’t grasp —
“the focal infection” theory.
And just what is “focal infection” theory? Incredible but true, This theory states that germs from a central focal infection such as teeth, teeth roots, inflamed gum tissues, or maybe tonsils metastasize to hearts, eyes, lungs, kidneys, or other organs, glands and tissues, establishing new areas of the same infection.
“Focal infection” hardly theory any more, has been proven and demonstrated many times over. It’s 100{a32a96fa760d4df88200e9380b607e1e27cc078cb403997aa41a99d92482d614} accepted today. But it was revolutionary thinking during World War I days, and the early 1920’s.Today, both patients and physicians have been “brain washed” to think that infections are less serious because we now have antibiotics. Well, yes and no. In the case of root-filled teeth, and this is important to remember, the no longer-living tooth lacks a blood supply to its interior. So circulating antibiotics don’t faze the bacteria living there because they can’t get at them.

Are we assuming that ALL root-filled teeth are infected?

Yes, no matter what material or technique is used. The root filling shrinks minutely, probably microscopically. But this is key —the bulk of solid appearing teeth, called dentin, actually consists of miles of tiny tubules. Microscopic organisms lurking in the maze of tubules simply migrate into the interior of the tooth and set up housekeeping. A filled root seems to be a favorite spot to start a new colony.
One of the things that makes this difficult to understand is that large, relatively harmless bacteria common to the mouth, change and adapt to new conditions. They shrink in size to fit the cramped quarters and even learn how to exist (and thrive!) on very little food. Those that need oxygen mutate and become able to get along without it. In the process of adaptation these formerly friendly “normal” organisms become pathogenic (capable of producing disease) and more virulent (stronger) thus they produce much more potent toxins.Today’s bacteriologists are confirming the discoveries of the Price team of bacteriologists. Stating that the same strains of streptococcus, staphylococcus and spirochetes are isolated in root canalsIt would seem that most everyone who has ever had a root canal filled was made ill by it. But George Meining says, “No, but we do believe now that every root canal filling does leak and bacteria do invade the structure. There is the “variable factor” which is the strength of the person’s immune system. Some healthy people are able to control the germs that escape from their teeth into other areas of the body. We think this happens because their immune system lymphocytes (*white blood cells) and other disease fighters aren’t constantly compromised by other ailments. In other words, they can stop those new colonies from taking hold in other tissues throughout the body. But over time, most people with root filled teeth do seem to develop some kinds of systemic symptoms they didn’t have before.

It’s a really difficult idea to grasp, that bacteria are imbedded deep in the structure of seemingly-hard solid looking teeth. To visualize the tooth structure — all of those microscopic tubules running through the dentin. In a healthy tooth, those tubules STOP HERE!

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