Look to Thy Mouth: It Might be the Source of your Rheumatoid Arthritis

“Look to thy mouth; diseases enter here” ~ George Herbert (1593 – 1632)

With the discovery of penicillin and antibiotics, it is believed that infections resulting from tooth extractions and root canal work no longer cause diseases in other parts of the body. But, what if, I’m going to say that these are far from truth and the disturbing news is that the very existence of bacteria and microorganisms is never removed by antibiotics and other medicaments, and they become trapped inside the dentin tubules which make up 90% of our structure of the teeth?

Alright, if this was to come out of me, it wasn’t much of a conviction. Fact is, this was the finding from an extensive research in which 5,000 animals were used and directed by the Dental Research Specialist, Weston A Price, as well as the American Dental Associate and its Research Institute. The studies clearly demonstrated how these bacteria, and their toxins, escaped into the circulation of the tooth’s surrounding bony socket, and how these organisms were also responsible for a high percentage of the chronic and degenerative disease conditions that are so epidemic today. The most frequent are heart and circulatory diseases. Next comes the diseases of the joints, arthritis and rheumatism. In third place – but almost tied for second – are diseases of the brain and nervous system.
Root CanalSource: http://dentalcarematters.com/root-canal-treatment/

A reason why root canals have falsely been accepted as successful in terms of treatment of infected teeth is that 25% of the people who had their root canals done are free from trouble for a long duration. This is the group of people with excellent health and immune system. Do not forget about the other side of the pie, that is, the remaining 75% whom immune systems were or had been compromised by illnesses, stress, poor nutrition and other factors. This is the group of people who find themselves going on rounds and rounds of doctors’ visit trying to figure out the cause(s) of their problems, not knowing, of course, that the underlying causation is the infection coming from root canalled teeth, or teeth extraction or other foci of infection.

Many patients, once confronted with root canals or teeth extractions being possible sources of illnesses, recalled how their Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) seemingly began right after a root canal treatment or a tooth extraction. The cases were usually that when these infected gums were removed, many found their RA disappear.

Shocked? Yes, I was in a series of shocks as I learned more on these cover-ups. There are more to come. It also seems that only a handful out of 2-3 thousands dentists even knew about Dr Price’s discoveries. Let me tell you the story slowly (but I won’t go in details into the anatomy of a tooth, though it is also another interesting aspect to know). Do read on.

The Crux – Dentinal Tubules that Shield the Organisms

Dentists are taught that they had adequately kill any bacteria when performing a root canal, but little do they be aware that the medications used FAILED to penetrate into those tiny tubules far enough to kill them. Herein lies the problem. Hundreds of experiments showed NOT a single one of over 100 commonly used disinfectants could penetrate those tubules.
Dentinal TubuleAt confrontation, these have often been raised:

When we place the root canal filling, the organisms will die off
Rebuttal: Bacteria are polymorphic. They can mutate and change form and are able to live under most severe, adverse conditions.

So what? The bacteria cannot escape because they are blocked out by the filling
Rebuttal: Bacteria has proven to readily escape from the lateral, accessory root canals in all teeth. The toxins formed by them can escape right through the cementum of the tooth (because the cementum is actually a semi-permeable membrane), and hence, easily accessible to the surrounding jaw bone and its blood supply.

Weston A Price – The World’s Greatest Dentist and Discoverer

How did such a discovery come about, you might wonder? Here was how the story went…

Dr Weston A Price was a dentist and researcher who traveled throughout the world to study teeth, bones and diets of native populations living without the benefits of modern food.

He was treating a root canal infection for a patient who subsequently developed a severe case of arthritis in her hands and legs. He was aware of the usual process of how researchers, attempting to discover the cause of diseases, would isolate the bacteria, grow them in culture, and inject . organisms into animals to see if they could reproduce the disease and subsequently finding a cure.

He did not then know that infection was in the tooth, but thinking along the line of how to discover the cause of disease, he convinced the patient, wheelchair bound for six years, to have her root canalled tooth extracted. He washed and bathed it in a disinfectant, then made a small incision in the skin of a rabbit, inserted the extracted tooth, and stitched it in place. In just two days, the rabbit’s limbs developed the same arthritic swelling as the patient’s and in ten days, it died from infection coming from that tooth. But the woman, now free of toxic tooth, immediately recovered from her arthritis and could now walk even without the assistance of a cane.

Again, he experimented in similar manner with all those patients he came across with different diseases and obtained the same results. He concluded that it’s mechanically impossible to sterilize a root canalled or root filled tooth.

The Focal Infection Theory – Root Cause of Much Disease

The focal infection theory states that germs and bacteria from a central focal infection e.g. teeth, inflammed gum tissues or maybe roots, metastasize to hearts, eyes, lungs, glands, tissues and any other organs, establishing new areas of same infection. Well, this is hardly theory anymore, because it has been proven and demonstrated over time.

Tooth PainDentists often treat the teeth as if they are isolated or disconnected from the rest of the body, but they are just as much a part of the body as any of our organs. So, anything that affects the teeth can have an effect on the entire body. Not hard to understand, isn’t it?

An effect of oral infection is a change in blood chemistry, calcium levels, red and white blood cell counts, pH balance, blood sugar, coagulation time and a host of inflammation markers are also affected. The blood may become more acidic, glucose level may increase and red blood cells may decline in numbers. Normal uric acid levels may also be disrupted by dental infections. And a bigger problem lies with the toxins that they produce. The release of toxins that  drain into the blood stream is slowly poisoning the body. Certain tissues like our joints, may be highly sensitive to these toxins and will be first to react. Therefore, it does not need the bacteria to be present in these tissues to notice joint pains at all.

Oral Mucosa
The Tooth Connection of RA

I had zero idea before this that there have actually been over 400 studies published since the 1980s on oral health and arthritis. Let me highlight the key findings of few of these researches:

  • An oral infection from Porphyromonas gingivalis (P.gingivalis) is a recognized risk factor for RA.
  • A number of oral bacteria have also been found in the blood and synovial fluid of patients inflicted with RA. The presence of oral bacteria in the blood and joint fluids indicated that the bacteria migrated from the mouth, through the bloodstream, and into the joints where they are trapped and initiate the series of events that led to the symptoms characteristics of various forms of arthritis.
  • Studies also showed that people with gum diseases are 8 times more likely than general population to develop RA. People with arthritis are also more likely to have gum disease and missing teeth.
  • Numerous studies also confirmed a close relationship between periodontal disease and RA as well as JRA.
  • The disease processes in both arthritis and gum disease are very similar. They are both characterized by self sustaining inflammation in a fluid-filled compartment adjacent to bone, in which inflammatory cells and other factors lead to common expression of pain, swelling and tenderness. They also share the same expression of the disease. The tooth and socket comprise a joint, just as the vertebrae or elbow form joints.
  • Oral bacteria that cause gum disease produce the same autoimmune markers in the blood that characterize RA.

Oral Health
Concluding Remarks

I totally think that oral or dental health deserves as much attention as other topics in terms of health care and wellness discussion. Bulk of evidence has pointed to the high levels of circulating bacteria and its endotoxins that could travel through the mucosa to other organs in the body and cause harm.

The way I see it, periodontal disease is essentially the arthritis of the teeth. The teeth just happen to be located in an environment that is inherently infested with bacteria, i.e. our mouths. If oral infection does cause a person’s RA, then a possible treatment would be to address the dental issues. If we remove the source or focus of infection from the mouth, then the body will become more capable of fighting the remaining infection in the rest of the body.

PeriodontalHaving said this, I have been noticing sensitivities around some of my teeth on the bottom right of my jaw bone as of late. I guess, it is time for me to resolve any cavity issues before the infection worsened. This is definitely not something I want to take lightly having shared all of these. I would prefer to get my dental appointment with my biological dentist, who resides overseas than the typical dentist, who told me on my last visit, that root canal is a totally safe procedure. Time for me to check the airfare again…

P.s. For more information, you may wish to check out The Weston A. Price Foundation for Wise Traditions in Food, Farming, and the Healing Arts.

What are your thoughts of this article? Can you relate? Or do you not agree, if so, please share why. I’d like to know your thoughts.

Dr Bruce Fife’s The New Arthritis Cure: Eliminate Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Pain Permanently


10 Comments on Look to Thy Mouth: It Might be the Source of your Rheumatoid Arthritis

  1. Vera Wieck
    August 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm (6 years ago)

    It makes sense. Is the only solution to have the teeth totally removed if you have a root canal?
    I just had my front tooth which I had root canal on removed and replaced with an implant (process took over a year to complete). This is expensive. I have other root canals and have had problems with gum infections. I get my teeth cleaned every 3 months because of these issues. Right now the gums are healthy.
    At one time I had read or had been told that the health of your mouth is a direct reflection of the health of your stomach… which is basically your immune system.
    I find it interesting yet, I have more questions than answers on how to heal.
    I am perplexed. I am taking herbs and supplements. Had been seeing a functional doctor and I found a functional rheumatologist in another state that I am considering making an appointment with…lots of travel to find answers for healing. Will write more later… Vera

    • diana
      August 16, 2013 at 9:14 am (6 years ago)

      Other than oil pulling with VCO, taking out the root canal is the next option. I’m not quite sure where the developments are in dentistry with regards to alternatives for root canal, the best way to find out would be to check it out with a biological dentist. I’d also love to know more on ‘how’; and unfortunately, I do not have access to resources to begin with. That said, I do hope you get your answer from your functional rheumy. Hope to hear from you again, Vera.

  2. Crystal purcell
    April 17, 2015 at 6:17 am (4 years ago)

    I had a root canal in May of 2014 which still has some feeling of discomfort. I was also diagnosed woth RA in October of 2014. I am 74 years old. My RA is not responding to methotrexate treatment. Any suggestions? And what is a functional rheumatologist?

    • Crystal purcell
      April 17, 2015 at 6:24 am (4 years ago)

      Actually, I had two root canals on the same side in a period of probably less than two years!

  3. Carrie
    September 6, 2015 at 10:23 am (3 years ago)

    Interesting. I had two teeth pulled a month ago and now for the last three weeks I feel horrible! I wake up and can’t move my fingers or lift my arms more than a few inches because my shoulders hurt! My knees are sore as well as my feet and my poor wrists hurt so bad! I have been trying everything and just got testes for lupus an RA. They both run in my family. But I felt that this pain came from my teeth being taken out and when I mention it no one believes me! So, it is nice to know there is a connection, do you have any suggestions on how to get better? I just made some remineralizing toothpaste and am cutting sugar from my diet. I am taking iodine(for hashimotoes)vit. D, vit. B complex, magnisum, vit. C, selenium, zinc and blackstrap molasses (for iron).
    Anyway,thanks for the article,if you have any or information or can point me in the right direction that would. E great!

  4. Eileen
    February 1, 2016 at 8:29 am (3 years ago)

    I was diagnosed with RA Feb 2015…removed infected root canal Dec 2015….my health IMMEDIATLY returned My advice just get rid of your root canal teeth if you have RA. Best wishes to all.

    • dianaadmin
      February 15, 2016 at 4:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Dear Eileen, your recovery post removal of root canal is encouraging. Thanks for sharing your story. Hugs, Diana.

  5. Linda
    April 28, 2016 at 11:22 am (3 years ago)

    I have had gastric bypass and knee replacement for a trauma injury, both some years ago. No root canals but many crowns. I have noticed increased arthritis pain with the past several teeth cleanings. My previous dentist always checked for pre- cleaning antibiotics , however, he left the area and my present dentist does not prescribe them or check. I have forgotten the past several times also. Three weeks ago my teeth were cleaned and for the past 10-14 days I have had severe knee pain with knee effusions developing. I can barely walk. In addition, I’m aching and stiff all over and have a tender elbow and shoulder. I believe that bacteria from the cleaning are causing this difficulty. What can I do at this time to alleviate the inflammation and pain flare? I can’t take NSAIDs or narcotic analgesics because of side-effects from the gastric bypass. Tylenol is not helping much.

    • monty hightower
      January 9, 2018 at 8:10 am (1 year ago)

      try oil pulling With Organic pure coconut oil(Google), and clean yor gums all day with mouth wash. Kill as many germs as you can

  6. Nancy Held
    February 26, 2018 at 6:28 am (12 months ago)

    All I can say is ‘Wow Wow Wow!!! I had no idea!!! This could be the root of All my mysterious illnesses that no doctor can find. Makes So Much Sense!!!! Thank you for this eye opening article!!!


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