rotten tooth

The doctor told me that one day my patient told me. “A rotten tooth can damage your kidneys and even your heart.” Frankly, I was scared, but I didn’t ask then. Now I ask you: What does this mean?

Sometimes in our body, the cause of which cannot be found, cannot be treated and constantly recurring diseases occur. Antibiotics and drugs used repeatedly cannot provide any improvement besides the side effects they bring. The source of these diseases, the cause of which cannot be determined, may be intraoral diseases that cannot be cured. Tooth decay, tooth abscess or gum diseases cause troubles and problems in attacks. Usually, the drugs taken during these attacks suppress the visible distress and can take the inflammation. And complaints can also decrease. In reality, however, by doing so, we unknowingly create a bomb waiting for us there. Bacteria in the region can mix with the blood at any time and can reach vital organs such as kidney and heart via blood. These conditions can cause irreparable damage to organs and even cause death.

Human history is full of examples of this. B.C. In 500 B.C., the Assyrian king was cured of rheumatism by the extraction of his rotten teeth. In 1818, in Philadelphia, Benjamin Rush described cases revealing the relationship between dental infection and certain diseases. In 1910, however, Dr. A British scientist named Hunter claimed in a conference he gave in Montreal and published in the Lancet newspaper, that conservative dentistry was the main cause of rheumatism. He proved this by eliminating oral sepsis and ensuring an improvement in the systemic condition. Again, Billings stated in 1910, by explaining the focal infection theory, that bacteria and toxins disperse from a chronic infection focus to other places, causing systemic findings. Let’s not forget the connection between rheumatism and the heart.

As a result, these periods when we do not feel distressed by dental or gingival diseases can become the most dangerous times for us. Let’s not neglect our routine examinations to our doctor.

Dr. Demet CAN
Gum Diseases and Surgery Specialist

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