What is the problem of the tooth cavity

Neither the body's detoxification strategies nor its defense through inflammatory processes can completely eliminate the released toxins. Instead, they are stored in the connective tissue and create new foci of inflammation. The sinuses, gallbladder, appendix, prostate, renal pelvis, and heart valves are popular places. This is still due to poor oral hygiene, but also dental treatments themselves and, in rare cases, microtrauma, the tiny injury to a tooth.

The unpleasant acquaintance of an incisor with the edge of a drinking glass can, under certain circumstances, damage and inflame the nerve. Years ago, Thomas Busch, a dentist in Homburg, treated a player from the local football club who was still involved in the first Bundesliga at the time. The player was hit in the mouth by a ball, an event that initially had no effect. But a few weeks later, during a routine dental examination, he complained that he no longer felt up to the demands of training and that he was constantly weak and weak. One incisor had suffered from the force of the ball and was imperceptibly inflamed. With the creeping infection, the player's defense was hopelessly overwhelmed.

In general, dentistry aims to preserve teeth. In this endeavor, everything is drilled, sanded, cleared, disinfected, stuffed, filled, paralyzed and sealed. "Dentistry is the only medical discipline for which it seems acceptable to leave dead and infected tissue in the body," criticizes St. Gallen dentist Peter Schmid. All tooth-preserving measures were based on the assumption that the tooth cavity was only opened at the tip of the root and that it was sufficient to fill it in a sterile manner and to seal it against the organism. But that is not enough, since one tooth per square millimeter has around 50,000 small canals that have remained untreated. Bacteria that get by without oxygen and are able to change their shape so that they can still find space in the microsystem of the channels nestle in it. The bacterial toxins also find their way out of the tooth through this system.

Since a dead-root tooth no longer perceives an inflammation, cyst formation and suppuration in the surrounding jawbone can occur, which is not perceived due to the lack of pain sensation.

Persistent infection

A kind of religious warfare is being fought among dentists. Some are against root canal treatment and for the rigorous and uncompromising removal of inflamed and dead teeth, others insist on tooth preservation in order to preserve the naturalness of the dentition for as long as possible.

The "tooth breakers" warn of the dangers of bacteria. The American Dr. Weston A. Price demonstrated in a 25-year trial program that a root canal-filled tooth always remains infected, no matter how good it looks. For example, one patient he treated developed severe arthritis. The subsequently extracted tooth was transplanted into the skin of the back of a rabbit, which developed the same symptoms after two days and died a few days later.

"Dentists", on the other hand, warn of possible jaw deformations if the statics suddenly collapse due to a tooth gap. Most dentists, however, are more likely to stand between the fronts.

For example, Prof. Elmar Reich from the Saarland University Dental Clinic admits that bacteria actually spread out of a tooth cavity despite disinfection and closure and that inflammation can progress despite the removal of the root tip. He also knows, however, that the frequently practiced post structure of a root-treated tooth is not always the right way, as it can lead to fractures of the tooth substance. A complete restoration of the properties of the teeth can rarely be achieved with dentures. "There are always limitations in the bones," says Reich.

Wisdom Tooth: Wait and see

In addition to dead teeth, wisdom teeth can also become time bombs in the organism and stress it "through inflammation of the tooth sacs or through pressure on the trigeminal nerve radiating into the entire nervous system," says Thomas Busch.

The jaw has become too small for wisdom teeth in the course of evolution. So should it be taken preventively, as some dentists suggest? "Absolutely not. Studies from England have shown that prophylactic extraction of wisdom teeth is not necessary," says Reich. Apart from individual cases, it suffices to wait until they complain.

80 percent of Germans have periodontitis. If left untreated, it leads to tooth loss. For men under the age of 60, periodontitis is a greater risk factor for heart attacks than high blood pressure. The risk of coronary artery disease generally increases by 25 percent. Therefore: A properly cleaned tooth never gets sick. All dentists agree on this.

The most important rules for proper oral and dental hygiene Avoid sugar or brush your teeth immediately afterwards. Brushing should be done two to three times a day with rotating movements and a soft toothbrush. Rinse your mouth before cleaning. Use dental sticks or floss for the gaps. At least once a year to the dentist, possibly also for professional teeth cleaning in the meantime, which, however, has to be paid for yourself. Mouth rinses can have a preventive effect, as can calcium-rich foods.

Pay attention to unusual complaints

How do you recognize a focus in your teeth? Pay attention to physical ailments that cannot be explained. They can point to a damaged tooth as the cause. A milk tooth or a misplaced tooth in an adult's dentition is always a nuisance. If teeth are ground, the enamel offers little protection against bacterial attacks.

Weakness and collapse after dental treatment can also be an indication of herder disease. Likewise, the simultaneous occurrence of toothache and headache. The dentist will stimulate the teeth with thermal or electrical stimuli. It hurts if the tooth nerve is still alive. The x-ray also shows where something is wrong.