You may not realize it, but there is a link between root canals and other ailments of the body. When you have a root canal, harmful bacteria is left behind in the mouth. Although root canals are often deemed safe by dentists and the American Dental Association, it is important to understand how they can affect your overall health.
The Mouth and the Body
Consider that everything you put in your mouth affects your body. The food you eat and beverages you drink are filtered through the mouth, to the stomach, and throughout your body from there. The bacteria in your mouth is no different. When you have harmful bacteria in your mouth, especially that left over from a root canal, that bacteria is being flushed throughout your body. This can cause a number of ailments.
What to Do
If you have had a root canal that left bacteria and infection in your mouth, it could be affecting your health. The only way to combat this is to have the dead tooth and all the bacteria and infection removed from the cavity. There are a number of ways to replace a missing tooth, including spacers and implants. If a root canal is affecting your health, it is important to take action.
You may notice that after a root canal, you have chronic infections such as bladder, kidney, or UTI infections. You may also get an abscess in your neck or on your head. Such signs mean that action needs to be taken to eliminate the decay in your mouth.
If you have tooth decay and want a healthier solution, or if you have had a root canal and need to eliminate harmful bacteria, contact us today for an appointment. We will be happy to examine you and determine the best plan moving forward for your overall health.
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