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Root canals and autoimmune disease


Are root canals (and other invasive, decidedly-not-fun dental procedures) the reason behind many health problems? If you’ve been trying to live your life blissfully unaware of all things root canal (hey, we get it), but here’s what that conversation looks like. Some say yes, root canals can be linked to systemic health problems, although a cause-and-effect relationship is tough to prove. We do know that there is a strong connection between infections and autoimmune diseases, with viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens considered to be the primary environmental triggers of autoimmunity. Take strep infections as an example, which can lead to rheumatic fever (an inflammatory illness that affects the heart) if the strep isn’t properly treated. When it comes to teeth, at least one study associates poor oral health with the incidence of autoimmune disease, but plaque is implicated—not necessarily root canals. Another case study finds that an autoimmune condition was treated when a patient’s infected teeth and jaw were, too. So why are root canals, specifically, getting so much bad buzz? Granted, they’re no fun—there’s probably no one who wants to spend the afternoon getting a root canal. The procedure is recommended when cavities get so severe the root of the tooth is damaged, and the treatment requires that pulp inside of the tooth be removed, with filling materials injected into the (now dead) tooth. While most dentists say root canals are safe, some dentists maintain that if the residual infection is not eliminated completely, such a procedure can potentially allow bacteria to fester inside and—theoretically—cause widespread, hard-to-treat inflammation. This, in turn, can possibly increase the risk of other chronic illnesses. Chances are, root canals are in the crosshairs now thanks to the popularity of a Netflix documentary called “Root Cause,” which blames root canals for a whole number of ailments, from autoimmune diseases to cancer. Even though the film is controversial and was pulled after outcry from the dental industry, plenty of people saw it and understandably, got pretty scared. (Also, a show of hands: Who among us hasn’t watched a health doc on Netflix and gotten very freaked out?) Increasingly, many people with complex, invisible illnesses are looking at dental health as an important factor to address. If your dentist recommends a root canal, don’t assume the procedure is going to cause health problems. But also consider giving it some extra thought, including getting at least one second opinion, preferably from a dentist who isn’t afraid to discuss the controversy linking root canals, inflammation, and autoimmune diseases. Many people find that holistic dentists (there are many) are more open to noninvasive, nontoxic options to traditional dentistry and will take your whole health history into account when making a recommendation about your teeth. As with every health decision, trust your instincts and do what you feel comfortable with!

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Cure Tooth Decay: Heal And Prevent Cavities With Nutrition

Forget about drilling, filling, and the inevitable billing. Your teeth can heal naturally because they were never designed to decay in the first place! They were designed to remain strong and healthy for your entire life. But the false promises of conventional dentistry have led us down the wrong path, leading to invasive surgical treatments that include fillings, crowns, root canals and dental implants. Now there is a natural way to take control of your dental health by changing the food that you eat. Cure Tooth Decay is based upon the pioneering nutritional program of dentist Weston Price, former head of research at the National Dental Association. Dr. Price’s program proved to be 90-95% or more effective in remineralizing tooth cavities utilizing only nutritional improvements in the diet. Cure Tooth Decay is the result of five years of research and trial and error that started as one father’s journey to cure his daughter’s rapidly progressing tooth decay. With Cure Tooth Decay you will join the thousands of people who have learned how to remineralize teeth, eliminate tooth pain or sensitivity, avoid root canals, stop cavities -- sometimes instantaneously, regrow secondary dentin, form new tooth enamel, avoid or minimize gum loss, heal and repair tooth infections, only use dental treatments when medically necessary, save your mouth (and your pocketbook) from thousands of dollars of unneeded dental procedures, and increase your overall health and vitality. Cure Tooth Decay provides you with clear and easy to understand dental facts to help you make healthy, life-affirming choices about your dental health. It is about healing cavities without dental surgery or fluoride. Cure Tooth Decay highlights include: conventional dentistry's losing war against bacteria, why people fear the dentist and what you can do about it, the power of butter to heal teeth, the difference between healthy and unhealthy fats, specific dietary and meal plans that highlight the types of foods to eat every day to remineralize teeth, a simple cavity-healing program that is easy to follow, the cause of dental plaque and an amazing technique to reverse gum disease, safe dental filling materials, how to find a good minimally invasive dentist, how to prevent root canals, how to monitor tooth decay at home, toxic vs. non-toxic tooth cleaners, your bite: a hidden cause of cavities, understanding ideal jaw position and TMJ dysfunction, how to save your wisdom teeth, x-ray proof that cavities can heal, how to heal children's cavities and find peace, why women get cavities during pregnancy and how to stop it, and so much more.

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The Life Stylist: Dr David Villarreal - How To Protect Your Teeth From Dumb Dentistry

What type of dentistry does your dentist practice? If your answer is "um... tooth dentistry?", you need to listen to this episode. The old 'drill 'em and and bill 'em' paradigm is dead. Since so much of your general physical health starts in your mouth, it's crucial that you find a dentist who uses a holistic approach, and that you educate yourself on the latest developments in the industry. Outdated dentistry can be catastrophic to your health, and a bad dentist isn't going to warn you of that fact. He or she is just going to start drilling... and filling. But choosing a dentist is not like finding a great auto mechanic. Unlike your vehicle of choice, your teeth are alive. They're not bones or pieces of rock stuck in your jaw. They're an organ and should be treated as such. A qualified biological dentist understands this, and treats your teeth and mouth as a part of your body’s whole energetic system. While many of the dangers of outdated dental practices have become more widely known, the vast majority of dentists in the world are still using archaic, and in many cases dangerous methods of treatment. From mercury-laden fillings to infection-causing root canals, fluoride poisoning, and a host of other harmful procedures, we are just now beginning to emerge from the Flintstonian era of 'mouth medicine,' and enter into a new era of oral care. Our guest Dr. David Villarreal is one of the world's leading biological dentists and has a vast body of knowledge to share on the subject. Do your mouth a favor, and take some time to dive into this fact-rich interview with a real innovator.


ADHD for Smart Ass Women: Crowns, Root Canals, TMD and ADHD

In this episode Tracy talks about the connection between dental health and ADHD. Believe it or not, it’s one more thing we need to add to our ADHD workarounds list! Discover why staying away from sweets, brushing religiously and having no cavities, can still land you in the endodontist’s chair when you have ADHD. Learn what bruxism is and why 78% of those with ADHD are reported to have it. Recognize why you should wear a nightguard and how to reframe your thoughts around doing so if you hate yours and like Tracy are constantly fighting it. Explore why crowns, root canals, TMD, bruxism, grinding and clenching are all connected to ADHD. Discover what happened when Tracy posted the following post to her ADHD Facebook Group, ADHD for Smart Ass Women: “Podcast question for those that are 45 or older only. Have you had a crown or root canal?” You will be surprised by the response. Learn about ADHD and comorbidity and how this often affects the success of ADHD medication. Explore the difference between TMJ and TMD. Which one is responsible for the clicking or popping sound, difficulty in moving your jaw, headaches, migraines, neck aches and even back aches, and how they’re related to ADHD? Discover who has more TMD symptoms; women or men? What information do dentists have about ADHD and TMD? What are common dental-related side effects caused by ADHD medication? What are common dental-related side effects among children who have ADHD? What brands of stimulant ADHD medication have been associated with TMD and side effects such as bruxism? What brand of stimulant medication is less likely to report TMD symptoms Learn what you can do now to lessen the potential of developing TMD and bruxism as well as teeth that need crowns, root canals, or implants. Discover what supplement helps many women with TMD.

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