Root canals increase the risk of cancer, diabetes and diseases of the brain

As it turns out, in addition to being incredibly unpleasant, root canals may actually pose a major health risk. Dr. Weston Price was one of the first researchers to notice a link between the dreadful dental procedure and illness, but today many doctors believe that root canals have the ability to negatively effect the immune system and total body health.

One of the primary concerns about root canals is the risk of secondary infection. A chemical solution is used to cleanse the area of any remaining bacteria, but the potential for lingering bacteria to cause further infection is always there. One key misconception is that harmful microbes and other organisms are only in the gums, and that they can easily be eradicated with disinfecting agents. However, there are millions of microscopic tubules beneath the surface, and it is unlikely that they are ever fully cleansed.

Studies have revealed that up to 50 percent of bacteria survive unscathed after being treated with sodium hypochlorite, a common disinfectant. This suggests that secondary infection following a root canal would not be unusual. And after a tooth has been sealed off, anaerobic bacteria can still continue to thrive.

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