Articles

Getting to the Root of the Root Canal Controversy: Facts vs Ideology

Dr. Cole Sommers
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident. Arthur Schopenhauer “Our study underlines the importance of dental health in the prevention of myocardial infarction. It also raises the question about the role of the complication-prone root canal treatment as a possible risk factor.” (Pessi et al. 2013) “Even a small contribution to CHD (cardiovascular disease) development by endodontic disease might be...

Stephen Barrett and Quackwatch

Dr. Cole Sommers
Stephen Barrett again added my name to his Quackwatch website. Barrett states: "The Toxic Tooth claims that "Overwhelming scientific evidence shows that virtually all root canal-treated teeth are still infected and slowly and continually leak disease-causing pathogens and toxins into the rest of the body as long as they remain in the mouth." It also claims that root canal procedures increase the possibility of developing coronary artery disease, lung disease, kidney disease, dementia, diabetes...

Periodontal Bacterial DNA and Their Link to Human Cardiac Tissue: Findings of a Pilot Study

Dr. Cole Sommers
Bacteria from the mouth DO travel to distant sites of the body which is the definition of focal infection. Foci of infection in the mouth can infect other organs in the body which may cause or contribute to disease. Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2015 Oct 5. [Epub ahead of print] Periodontal Bacterial DNA and Their Link to Human Cardiac Tissue: Findings of a Pilot Study. Ziebolz D 1, Rost C 2, Schmidt J 2, Waldmann-Beushausen R 3, Schöndube FA 3, Mausberg RF 2, Danner BC 3. Author information Abstract...

Root Canal or Implant, What Should Do?

Dr. Cole Sommers
After every article that I have either written myself, or have read by other authors regarding the systemic risks of root canal-treated teeth, the same questions continue to surface: “So stop having root canals? What are we supposed to do?” “Are all root canal-treated teeth bad?” “I heard that implants are worse than root canals?” “If the root canal is done right it will be ok.” “I don’t want a partial denture and I don’t want to cut down good teeth to make a fixed bridge.” There is a lot of...

Using First Principles to Distill the Truth

Dr. Cole Sommers
The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but by preconceived opinion, by prejudice. Arthur Schopenhauer How do we decide what is correct and what is false in medicine and dentistry? How do we decide who or what to believe when it comes to health care? With so many opposing points of view on the same health topic how do we know which one to believe? If you are...

People Are More Important Than Profit

Dr. Cole Sommers
For those readers who have read my story about how the New York State Office of Professional Discipline attempted to revoke my license to practice dentistry, these two articles below will be of interest to you. I had always thought that these type of stories were only the stuff of movies. You know, movies like Three Days of the Condor with Robert Redford. Fiction, right? Unfortunately, no. And when you live it first hand, the reality of how things really are is a rude awakening. Corporations...

Bacteria May Cause Type 2 Diabetes

Dr. Cole Sommers
The following article appeared on yahoo today, June 1, 2015. This article further illustrates the role of chronic infection on various systemic diseases. Chronic exposure to the toxins produced by the common skin bacteria Staph aureus can lead to a variety of systemic diseases. This is important in understanding how root canal teeth can make people sick. Root canal teeth are always infected and become more so over time. They are basically a toxin factory releasing small molecule toxins into the...

A Healthy Mouth is Essential for a Healthy Heart

Dr. Cole Sommers
Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the United States. Although there are many contributing factors to the development of cardiovascular disease inflammation is the critical factor. Inflammation drives the progression of atherosclerotic plaque within the arteries and is the critical factor in plaque rupture that leads to clot formation and a heart attack. Inflammation is The Root Cause of a heart attack Everybody knows that high cholesterol can cause a heart attack, right? Well,...