Gum Disease & General Health Tips #36

Root Canal Bacteria Attack Heart and Circulatory
System - Found Low Ionic Calcium Level in Blood.

In this issue:

(1) Root Canal bacteria Attack Heart and Circulatory
System - Found Low Ionic Calcium Level in Blood.


-By Dr. George Meinig, D.D.S., F.A.C.D.

(1) Root Canal Bacteria Attack The Heart and Circulatory

System-Found Low Ionic Calcium Level in Blood.

By Dr. George Meining,D.D.S.,

The technical medical names for a wide number of circulaltory ill health problems which can occur as side effects to root canal therapy are endocarditis, myocarditis, pericarditis, heart block, aortitis, angina pectoris, phlebitis, lymphopenia, hyper and hypotension, anemia, leukopenia, leukocystosis, lymphopenia, lymphocytosis, bacteremia and glycemia.

There is a tendency to regard diseases which can arise from dental infections as being relatively few in number and variation. The proceeding list of circulatory disease Dr. Price found could result from a dental infection helps us see the enomity of the problem.

During the time of World War I, it was said that 10 to 11 percent of all deaths in the United States and England were due to heart involvement.At the time, most heart causes involved lesions of heart valves, and many doctors believed streptococcal infections were involved as the cause in 90 percent of such cases.

As recently as 1986, the Mayo Clinic Health Letter stated that infective endocaditis which involves the interior lining of the heart's pumping chamgers and valves is mainly caused by the germ called streptococcus viridans. These are the very same family of bacteria that Dr. Price found to be most often present in infected teeth.

In view of the importance of streptococcus and other oral bacteria in the cause of heart disease, and the fact that the number of deaths from this illness has increased since Dr. Price's time from 10 percent to more than 50 percent of all deaths currently, the dental profession must reassess its role in preventing and treating this disorder.

Because these bacteria commonly inhibit the mouth and upper respiratory tract and can be stirred up and

Best wishes,
Sung Lee

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