and click on "Toxic Issues" and scroll down to the "root canals" section for a list of all of the bacteria and fungus/yeast living in root canal teeth. That list (for some reason I cannot cut and paste it here) and the other information will keep me away from Sugar -- lots of Candida appears as well as anaerobic bacteria. I am thinking that OP really, really does help prevent root canals.
From an article posted on that site about root canals:
Today, there are many reputable doctors (dentists, physicians, and PhDs) who are concerned about endodontic therapy and possbile systemic effects on other organs and tissues in the body. It may even astound most dentists that the organisms which may be present in dead teeth may be impossible to irradicate no matter how well the root canal procedure is performed! These organisms are not actually in the canal portion of the tooth, but in the tiny microscopic tubules which comprise the dentin (the material below the enamel which is more organic than enamel) of the tooth. Below are two opposing opinions about endodontic therapy. Dr. Shankland is offering these opinions for informational purposes and is not specifically offering his own opinion or opinions. Researchers on both sides of this heated issue agree that these organisms do stay alive after root canal procedures, but they can't agree whether this is important or not.
Dr. Weston Price's Research
Dr. Weston Price, the noted and honored dental researcher of the early part of this century, headed a team of America's finest scientific researchers, numbering 60 doctors. Their research was conducted under the auspices of the American Dental Association (ADA). From their 25 years of study, this research team published 25 scientific papers dealing with the effects of dead or endodontically treated teeth producing other diseases and disorders in remote areas of the body. The research was not only accepted by the scientific community, but served to form an important concept in medicine which is even taught today: the focal theory of infection. Anyone who has a prosthetic joint replacement or a mitral value prolapse will immediately understand this concept, as they cannot undergo any dental procedure without first being treated with certain Antibiotics to stop the spread of bacteria from the mouth to remote areas of the body which may produce a fatal infection.
Since the advent of Antibiotics , dentists and physicians have been taught that the focal theory of infection is erroneous and has no scientific basis. Further, they are taught that there is no modern evidence that endodontically treated teeth are the source of focal infections. However, again, recall that patients with joint replacements and certain heart conditions must take Antibiotics before and after any dental procedures. Why? Because the bacteria which live in the mouth enter the blood stream because of the dental procedures and travel to the heart and joints, thus possibily causing severe and often fatal diseases. Now, think about what you've just read: how can any dentist or physician claim that the focal theory of infection has no scientific validity when dentists are required to premedicate their patients to avoid producing a distant or focal infection?
It's astonishing to me, too, because I remember at the start of my pregnancy my doctor said not to have any dental work done. (This, by the way, is the only time a doctor, to amend my earlier statement slightly, has ever referred to dental health!) (And, as if I have been to the dentise lately anyway!) This makes me realize they ARE aware of the possibility/probability of mouth bacteria entering the bloodstream as a result of dental work (my husband has some sort of mitral valve issue and we have a ton of antibiotics as a result because he does have to take them before wisdom-teeth extractions -- which I don't think are necessary either...).
Anyway, hope this is helpful reading around more mouth health issues. Sometimes I think we should change the title on the forum page to "Oil Pulling, Swishing, and Mouth Health" as I learn so much about my mouth from you all!