A couple of years ago my RA kicked into high gear, and I tied it to a variety of things, like my mother in law falling and no longer being able to live alone. That led to me getting her into Assisted Living, renovating her townhouse (mostly by myself), etc. Other things happened at the same time (work, school, my own small business) and I placed most of the blame on those things.
About the same time, I found that one of my back molars, under a crown, had loosened. It turns out that it had broken in half from root to crown. I kept waiting for my dentist to suggest something but he just deep scaled it and we went on. Finally I asked him about bone grafts or something and he sent me to a periodontist.
Yesterday I had the molar removed, then bone grafts. My mouth on that side is really sore because he had to dig the tooth root out, and there was so much infection that he had to go into the bone. He said he could not believe I had not been in excruciating pain. I told him that it was tender, but that every day I did oil pulls and used Hydrogen Peroxide in my Water Pic to control the infection. He said that I wasn't entirely successful but that it was good that I had done that much. He also said to NEVER use the H2O2 in the mouth because it will kill some bacteria, but can cause other things to overgrow that you don't want to...
He got the infected tissue out, and on the way home I started wondering if that tooth was the reason for my RA (at least in partial) because it was just dumping loads of toxins into my system. Research this morning indicates that I may have found at least part of the answer for my RA, AND maybe part of the reason the Minocycline is so successful for me.
If anyone else is struggling with a tooth or teeth, I thought I would mention this. Thanks for listening. I think I'm going back to bed since my mouth is so sore.. Have a great day all!
Some sites and their information:
•How Are They Related?
One particular study from Australia, published in the Journal of Periodontology, found that arthritis associated with dental abscess and other periodontal infections is real.
•On the other hand, Dr. Gerald Smith presented a case revealing the connection between dental infections and rheumatoid infection. Smith pointed out that dental infections are one of the often ignored causes of rheumatoid arthritis.
Dental infections due to gum disease, an infected root canal tooth, or the site of a previously extracted tooth can be the source of problem. When protein structures start to degenerate, bacteria, viruses, and fungi can combine to produce thiol ethers, a form of toxin. These toxins can be circulated to the whole body and can be concentrated on the knee, hands, and other joints. This triggers the attack of the immune system causing inflammation and pain of the joints.
One over looked source for initiating rheumatoid arthritis are dental foci. Dental infections whether from an infected root canal tooth, gum disease or sites of previously extracted teeth all provide the potential of 300 to 400 different pathogens. Bacteria, viruses and fungi or any combination plus degenerating protein substances from tooth structures produce toxins (thiol ethers) which circulate throughout the entire body. Concentration of poisonous substances within a knee, hand, finger or other joint will cause inflammation. This was true in MT's case. Within one to two years before the onset of her RA, she had a root canal treatment performed on an upper left lateral incisor. This seemingly innocuous dental procedure resulted in a streptococcus inflection that remained present for 34 years. An x-ray of the treated tooth showed no visible pathology. Unfortunately a high percentage of root canal treated teeth (75 percent or more) become infected, exhibit none of the usual clinical signs and symptoms of pain, swelling or redness yet spew out their toxic waste products that affect distant sites.
A noninvasive approach utilizing technology developed in the 1930's was used to resolve the streptococcal infection within the tooth. Following two treatment sessions, MT's rheumatoid arthritis resolved by 90% and she stopped taking the Enbrel. No additional therapy was instituted at the time of treatment. This patient has regained a pain free quality of life. The key factor was the removal of the underlying cause -- infected root canal tooth -- which started the release of the tumor necrosis factor.