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The Surprising Connection Between Teeth & Cancer

Hi, this is Ann. In recognition that Breast Cancer Awareness month begins this week and that most everywhere I turn, I am reading or hearing about the “Race for the Cure” activities that are going on around the country, I wanted to give you insight into what has been happening to my own health for the last several years and how undetected teeth issues could have led to breast cancer. While I’m on a great diet, that alone couldn’t improve my breast health, but without the Hallelujah diet, I may not have the quality of life that I do today.

Over 12 years ago, I had my first and only root canal. I had researched the endodontist and found her to be one of the best in the area and she was even a professor at the area dental college. After it was completed I thought nothing more of it. In 2010, I noticed a lump on my lower right jaw and had pain and a lump on my right breast. This by the way was the same side of the mouth where I had the root canal over eight years prior.

Mammograms showed nothing but as I became aware of the connection between oral health including root canals, mercury fillings and something called “cavitations” and cancer I realized that this may well be the cause of the symptoms I was experiencing. This led me to seek out a biological dentist in Virginia who removed the root canal and the mercury amalgam he found on top of the root canal. He indicated that this combination (root canal and mercury filling) had a strong correlation with breast cancer.

30 years ago I had my wisdom teeth removed and while he was extracting the root canal tooth he found infection in the “cavitation” where the wisdom tooth had been which was located adjacent to it. It was amazing, after the removal of the root canal and cleaning of the infection I no longer had the lump in my jaw and the lump in my breast slowly receded.

That was 4 years ago. Recently, I have been experiencing a swelling in that same breast along with significant pain and discomfort. A thermal imaging scan identified a strong likelihood of malignancy. So as I was quite alarmed, I immediately got an MRI which found no indication of malignancy. There is evidence that thermal imaging can predict future cancer.

Realizing that I was also experiencing pain in the same area of my mouth where the root canal had been removed 4 years ago, I scheduled an appointment with a highly sought after biological dentist in Tennessee. It took over 3 months to get an appointment. One look at the x-rays and he felt strongly that he saw the problem.

Two weeks ago I had oral surgery where he found a cavitation in the bone in the area where the root canal was removed – it was filled with infection. The dentist estimated it was an 8 out of 10 in severity. During the surgery it oozed out quite profusely and he suggested it could easily cause the issues I was feeling in my breast. In that same day, I experienced great relief from the pain and discomfort in my breast. The swelling has gone down as well. It may be too soon to predict anything for certain, but I can say from personal experience that we must all be highly concerned about our oral health.

There is no time to wait, and there is absolutely no harm in ensuring that there is no infection or inflammation festering in formerly extracted teeth or root canals. I can testify in my own life the strong connection between the health of my mouth and the health of the rest my body. Yes, ladies we need to understand the correlation between our teeth and body, but men, you’re not exempt.

It is estimated that 97% of breast cancer cases have some connection to oral pathology. A recent study in Sweden stated that the chronic periodontal disease indicated by missing molars seemed to associate statistically with breast cancer.[1] The study suggests the idea that the risk of a woman developing breast cancer could also be amplified by chronic gum disease. The study analyzed and evaluated over 3000 women between the ages of 30 and 40 years over a 16-year period. Among the women studied, those who reported that they had suffered from chronic gum disease or had lost teeth due to periodontal disease were found to be more than two times as likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer as compared to those who had healthy gums.[1]

There is also evidence to connect periodontal disease to diabetes, cardiac disease and prostate cancer. According to a recent study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, men with a history of gum (periodontal) disease could be at increased risk of developing pancreatic cancer.

Researchers from Harvard, the University of San Juan and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute analyzed data from more than 51,000 male subjects over a 16-year period. The purpose was to determine if gum disease or tooth loss may be related to pancreatic cancer. After adjusting for age, smoking history, diabetes, obesity, diet and other potential contributors to pancreatic cancer, the reviewers found that men with a history of gum disease had a 64 percent increased risk of pancreatic cancer than men without a history of gum disease.

Nobody knows why gum disease may be linked to pancreatic cancer. Although the study showed an association between gum disease and pancreatic cancer, a definite cause and effect relationship was not established. Researchers speculate that chronic infection in the gums triggers inflammation throughout the body, which can potentially promote the growth of cancer.

More than 120 medical conditions, some of them life-threatening, can be detected in the early stages by a dentist.[2] It is well documented that a high percentage of health conditions can have oral symptoms, such as swollen or bleeding gums, pain/discomfort in areas of former extractions, ulcers, dry mouth, bad breath, metallic taste and various other changes in the oral cavity.

Scientific American, for example reports that current research indicates a relationship between oral and overall “systemic” health. Systemic refers to the involvement of many organs or systems of the whole body.

Years ago, a physician who detected heart disease would probably not refer the patient to a biological dentist. The same went for diabetes, or just about any other medical condition. Times have changed. The past 5 to 10 years have seen ballooning interest in possible links between mouth health and body health.

“Physicians are taking a more holistic approach to their patients’ overall health,” says Sally Cram, DDS, PC, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association. And, for good reason. In one recent study, people with serious gum disease were 40% more likely to have a chronic condition.

Since 1982, the Race for Cure has been going strong. It has raised over $2 Billion dollars. I cannot say for certain where those dollars have gone, but I can unequivocally say, there has been no further advances in identifying ways to prevent and eliminate cancer. The talk is all about early detection so treatments can begin sooner.

What would the breast cancer world look like if that same $2 Billion dollars was spent researching the connection between oral health and breast health? What if that money was spent researching the nutritional deficiencies that cause breast cancer and identifying the toxins that women (and men) who develop breast cancer have been exposed to? What if that money were used to help them rid their bodies of those toxins? In 32 years of Races for the Cure, I haven’t seen or heard of one dollar being addressed toward any of those questions.

My sincere desire is to “Raise an Awareness” this month for all women (and men) to the connection between your mouth and your health. Find a qualified biological dentist in your area and determine if any of those pockets that have been lying there supposedly empty of those extracted teeth for many long years, might in fact, have hidden infections that are hindering your immune system from functioning properly. While you are at it, have your biological dentist take a look at those root canals, and your gums. That act, while it may not be glamorous could very likely save your life!


1. Söder B, Yakob M, Meurman JH, Andersson LC, Klinge B, Söder PÖ. Periodontal disease may associate with breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2011;127:497–502. [PubMed]

2. Singh H, Singh S. Oral and systemic health. In: Saini R, Saini S, editors. Dental Horizons: Essentials of oral health. 1st ed. Hyderabad: Paras Medical Publishers; 2011. pp. 259–73. [Ref list]


  1. Great article! Thanks Ann!

  2. Allison October 1, 2014

    Thank you for your article. Would you please share the name of the biological dentist in TN that you went to? Thank you.

  3. Janice Edmondson October 1, 2014

    I too have been experiencing a problem with a root canal! A picket has developed with build up of fluids and have been seeing a dentist, who relieved the pressure and said if it comes back, it would have to be taken out. After reading your story, I will make an appointment to have it removed, healing and an plant done later! Thank you for your story, Janice

    • Janice Edmondson October 1, 2014

      A pocket over the tooth that had a root canal 14 years ago.

  4. Rickie Nairn October 1, 2014

    Hi I was wondering what you meant when you said you had the root canal removed, did you have the tooth removed? or do they remove the root canal material and just fill the cavity with something?

    • Christy Okon October 2, 2014

      A root canal is a treatment used to repair and save a tooth that is badly decayed or becomes infected. During a root canal procedure, the nerve and pulp are removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. Without treatment, the tissue surrounding the tooth will become infected and abscesses may form. At the time of the tooth extraction, it is always necessary to remove the periodontal ligament and any necrotic tissue or bone. Anything that is left behind is a potential irritant and can become infected.

      The problems with having root canals are:

      1. It is impossible to clean out all the dead tissue from the canal of the tooth. Any dead tissue left in the body becomes gangrenous. The toxins that come out of gangrenous tissue are very toxic to the body and pose a threat to the immune system. Nowhere else in medicine would a physician suggest to leave dead tissue in the body.

      2. It is impossible to sterilize the tooth which leads to the dead tooth having lots and lots of space within it for disease causing bacteria to proliferate. This is the enemy inside the gates of the body.

      Dental journals combine these two above issues clearly. “It is now known that complete sterilization of an infected root canal is very difficult to achieve and complete removal of all pulp tissue remnants frequently is not possible.” (1.)

      3. Common protocol during root canal therapy is to place antibiotics into the canal. This antibiotic material only gets a short distance into the dentin tubules. The dental literature admits that this type of ‘semi’ application of antibiotics creates antibiotic resistant bacteria.

      4. Substances used to cleanse and seal the tooth are cytotoxic (kills cells) or even carcinogenic (causes cancer).


      1. Phillip Delivanis Oral Surgery 1981 Vol 52 No 4

      In my case, I probably didn’t get the area properly cleaned, which seems to be the case with root canal removals.

      I hope this gave some help to your question.



  5. Mary Hanson October 1, 2014

    Ann, can you tell me the name of the dr in Tennessee that you went to see. My dentist assures me nothing is wrong but I am having constant pain in the area of my root canal. I believe I have infection there. Thanks for your testimony. May God continue to bless you and your family.

  6. Claire DeLaura October 1, 2014

    Can you give the name of the dentist you saw in Tennessee? can you give the names of any other biological dentists you would recommend?

  7. Dear Ann, thanks so very much for sharing such details from your personal experience. The facts you pointed out
    are very real and scienticalyl proven to be true. I had read lots from Dr Mercola about the strong link between root canals and the
    susceptibility to chronic degenerative disorders , with special reference to onset of cardiac and cerebral diseases. The root canal
    left in the mouth is said to act as a reservoir for incubating tonnes of toxic germs which are seeded to various vital organs through blood circulation. It’s most alarming to read your article now, that shows that the breast could also be the target for this silent assault from
    mouth germs that incubate within dead tooth left in the mouth. What would have happened if you had not been keeping your Immune System at peak performance through the Hallelujah Diet, Supplements and exercise lifestyle,as well as avoiding dietary toxins?
    As the Scripture would say, ” if the righteous are scarcel saved, what would the ungodly do…” 1st Peter 4: 18
    So it’s time to spread the important message of the need for the Oral Probiotics, after the work of the Biological Dentist to remove root canal and skillfully extract the mercury amalgam with replacement with a healthier alternative. God is graciously revealing sources of sicknesses that have been hidden in our bodies over time. We need to join King Solomon and pray….” catch for us the foxes, thelittle foxes that spoil the vine …of our health ! Chinwe, Uniport.

  8. Thanks for sharing Ann! Great to be aware of!

  9. I read the article about cancer and gum disease. How do you find a good biological dentist? I live in the DC metro area.

    • Christy Okon October 1, 2014

      Thank you! I recommend Googling them in your area.

    • Elle Haight October 3, 2014

      Marcy, if you have a Health Food Store or Whole Foods look in the Natural Awakenings Magazine which is i the front and free. They usually advertise in there.

      • Anne Elizabeth Stevens July 7, 2015

        Hi Clifford Consulting and Research will do reactivity testing. It can be done with a Dr.’s or Dentist’s prescription and a blood sample is sent through the mail. It will determine exacting what components your body will or won’t
        Hope this was helpful. Please see me comment written today, July 7th.Dr

  10. Gary M. McCown, DDS, MAGD October 1, 2014


    This is by far the best, most well written personal account of the connection between oral infections and cancer.
    Plus, you also realize that oral infections can cause many other systemic infections.

    I am always happy to hear when patients recover!

    Thankfully, you are one of many.

    Dr. McCown

    PS: May I have permission to use this on my new website??

    • Art Barney October 4, 2014

      is there a way to have your mouth checked. I have had several root canals as well as several implants.

  11. Cathy Heim October 1, 2014

    The reason you don’t see any cures coming from all the money spent for research is BECAUSE THEY DON’T WANT TO FIND A CURE! This is based on the following events in my life.
    1) Back in the 50’s when living in Mpls. where the big polio hospital was located. My father was on the Board for the group when the cure was found and hospital workers all lost their jobs. He was astonished to hear them say, “This would never happen again.”
    2) Currently living in a city with a huge cancer hospital & knowing a researcher who quit his job because he morally couldn’t accept the huge bonuses for doing so little.
    3) Last year one of my organizations had a wonderful health fest with talks given by several outstanding alternative Drs on how to prevent & cure cancer. This event overlapped with a “Walk for the Cure” parade with thousands of participants. Several were invited into this free event but would not come in. Apparently if you walk miles & donate big that’s all it takes to find a cure??

  12. Thanks for sharing this wonderful piece Ann, I thank the Almighty God for your life. God bless you real good.

  13. Hi Ann,

    Thank for sharing, this information was well needed. I am in Vancouver BC Canada and cannot seem to find a biological dentist in that area. I have a tooth that the Dentist want to do a root canal on and I am not so sure what to do. Any suggestions for Denist in my area or close by. Thank you and God bless you for the work you do.

    • Christy Okon October 2, 2014

      Thank you! I am sorry, but we do not have a listing of biological dentists. I recommend using Google to see if that will help you.

    • I am in the same situation – dentist wants to do a root canal (he and a another specialist to do some other portion) and I am not sure what to do. My chiropractor recommended Dr. Elmajian on Broadway in Vancouver. It sounds like they cover the whole gamet. From reading their website I think I am going to go ahead and make a consult appointment.

  14. Joy Leslie October 1, 2014

    Could you please tell what a “qualified” Biological Dentist is? What determins him/her being “qualified”?

    • Christy Okon October 2, 2014

      A Biological Dentist is also known as a Holistic Dentist.
      These are trained in the conventional dentist schools but have also gone on and trained further to learn how to remove mercury amalgams carefully using a rubber dam, removing them in quadrants and preparing the body before the removal by using supplements to enhance the immune system. Often times ozone is used as well as oxygen, two key features that are rarely used in conventional dentistry.
      Holistic dentists also know how to identify if a root canal has become infected and needs to be removed. They also look for cavitations in the x-ray and are trained to listen for certain physical symptoms that may indicate cavitations or other dental inflammations that may be causing those physical symptoms.

  15. What a great article! I have been following the H D diet since it’s inception. Stated taking Barley and juicing carrots 20 years ago. However, I still have periodontal disease. I have been using the oral probiotics as well as regular probiotics.
    What is the cause of this disease and how can we rid our bodies of it? I now have a couple of implants and I hate the way my mouth feels. Are implants dangerous too?


    • Christy Okon October 2, 2014

      Fluoride may be linked with a high incidence of periodontal disease. Fluoride causes DNA damage and activates inflammatory mechanisms that worsen gum disease. Fluorinated water, tooth paste and dental treatments can be underlying factors. Vitamin D deficiency in the gum tissues may also be an underlying issue. Using an oral irrigation system with an ounce of hydrogen peroxide daily and supplementing with Liposomal vitamin C can be of great benefit.

  16. Get a copy of the book “Am I Dead? or do I just feel like it”. Fred Hughes (Author). Dr. Weston A Price, DDS has done the research that you have documented about oral health, and how it can cause cancer in different parts of the body. In the book it talks about an injection in the parts of the body that are easy to get to (eg. breast) that will kill the cancer in less than 30 minutes. The book was written in 2007. Hope this helps everyone.

  17. Ginger Adams October 2, 2014

    I too have had all my amalgam fillings, crown and root canal removed by Dr. McCown. He is an excellent biologic dentist. Would you please share how you chelate the toxic mercury from your body?

    • Christy Okon October 2, 2014

      I am using NDF plus from BioRay and am taking Nascent iodine. Both are chelators for heavy metals. I am also taking Liver Life from BioRay. I expect to be in these for a number of years since the chelation process this way is slow but thorough. Any removal is good for me. IV chelation is expensive and time consuming and not easily available. It can also take several months for it to be effective.

  18. Does the danger apply to dental implants too? They are different than root canals.

    • Christy Okon October 2, 2014

      Dental implants may be problematic depending upon material used and if the implants are located on specific meridians.

  19. I live in the Raleigh NC area. Is there a dentist in my area that you can recommend? I will look forward to
    hearing from you soon. Thank you!

    • Christy Okon October 2, 2014

      Thank you! We do not have a list of dentist. I recommend Googling to see if there is one in your area.

  20. Jean Mau October 2, 2014

    The problem with (Titanium) implants is that they can corrode and also that the person may be highly sensitive to Titanium. I think a wise precaution before having dental work done that will be replaced with other materials is to do a dental biocompatibility test (blood test) beforehand. Nothing worse than spending time and money for major dental work only to find out that the patient is worse off than when he/she started!! I have a titanium implant which I believe I have now become sensitive to and I will have it extracted.

    I had two root canals about 25 years ago. I became extremely ill right after. But those two root canals didn’t even hurt. But I finally had them extracted and did much better. Later on I had all my mercury fillings removed and replaced over a year’s time by a biological dentist. And did better. However, I am still disabled to this day (two years ago got a firm diagnosis of Lyme Disease).

    However, over all these years I have found out that your dentist can be your very best friend — or NOT!!!

    Thanks, Ann, for your excellent article.


  21. Elle Haight October 3, 2014

    Yes great article Ann! We need more biological/holistic dentist all over the US!!

  22. Awesome, awesome, awesome article! I will never look at oral health the same again! Funny, I have my appt for my cleaning tomorrow and I am sending this article to the doctor today so we can discuss this! Thank you for sharing! So glad I saw this article!

  23. Thank you for this timely article, Ann! I am scheduled for a root canal this Monday and am very nervous, to say the least!! I recently had another tooth extracted and am still waiting to have that one rebuilt (post and new tooth) since I first need a sinus lift by an oral surgeon to create enough depth for the titanium post – over $7,000 will have been spent from start to finish on just one tooth, adding to the anxiety!!

    After reading your article, I am now wondering if I should just have the other tooth pulled. I see a biological dentist and neither he nor the oral surgeon have any strong opinions. The dentist recently removed the old mercury filling, in hopes that the pain I was experiencing might be alleviated, but no such luck. In fact, I have felt pretty tired and achy for the past several months, though tests show no inflammation nor common illness such as Lyme’s. I am only in my early 50’s, by the way, and not thrilled about the thought of having two extracted molars!

    Any response would be welcome since this is a bit time-sensitive!

    • Christy Okon October 9, 2014

      It can be quite demoralizing have teeth pulled. We just don’t think we are old enough to need that yet. Since it seems almost impossible for root canals to stay totally clean, it would be worth getting a second opinion from a different biological dentist who may have a stronger opinion. Once the root canal is in place, there may be need down the road for the same surgery that I just went through. After my experience, I will likely never succumb to another root canal and will just resign myself to having a tooth extraction. Neither are optimal, but those are the choices we have.
      My prayers are with you on Monday!

  24. Law2001 October 9, 2014

    Dear Ann, I am happy that you healed after having the dental amalgam removed. It would be instructive to see research on the correlation between oral health and amalgam fillings and various cancers. I had not heard about a relation between gum disease and pancreatic cancer, but don’t doubt it. I have heard of connections between amalgam and mercury to suicidal thoughts and tendencies. I refer you to Dr. Robert O. Nara’s book “Money by the Mouthful”. I believe in personal oral hygiene using the standard techniques and a mental dental pick after eating. The metal pick removes particles from the teeth which dental floss, inter-dental brushes, and toothbrushes miss. … One last remark, I’ve come to the believe that micro organism from animal products are more harmful than those from plants. I try to minimize exposure from both.

  25. Larry Jones November 24, 2014

    Julian’s October 1 post recommends the book, “Am I Dead? or do I just feel like it.” by Fred Hughes. This book contains excellent information linking dental work to cancer. We obtained our copy from Online Publishing & Marketing, LLC, PO Box 1076, Lexington, VA 24450.

    My wife and I had our amalgam (mercury) fillings removed two years ago by a qualified dentist in Raytown, Missouri (KC suburb)–removal and crowns for both of us was $14K plus several 360-mile round trips to Raytown. We would never have considered spending this much money had we not been convinced of likely future health consequences.

    I was diagnosed with aggressive cancer nine years–did not do surgery, chemo, or radiation; simply became vegan and have followed The Hallelujah Diet ( My body has become very alkaline vs acidic; research indicates that cancer cannot survive in an alkaline environment. My wife had lupus 15 years before changing her diet and being pronounced lupus free by a medical doctor. My almost 74-year-old body is completely pain free, and my wife and I do not take any medications other than my eye pressure med.

    Donna and I have been Health Ministers here in Northern Missouri since 2006.

  26. What an awesome article. I couldn’t agree more that the “race for the cure” is questionable. Personally, my position is not to give money to any of these groups. We are only getting sicker as a nation because we think and expect the medical field to either have or find the cures. Have they? NO! and we are only getting sicker and more ignorant because we are depending on them to help us and they can’t. Giving millions and billions of dollars isn’t making us healthier, it only gives us a false sense of hope.

    Some of us do know there are and have been cures but what would this mean to the medical field, the drug companies, the insurance companies and everyone else connected with “health” care. ???? You see, it IS all about money. We, as a nation have grown incompetent in spite of the wealth of information available to us because we still believe we have to trust the doctors.

    I am so thankful for people like Hallelujah Acres for the knowledge and wisdom they impart. God’s plan is still the best.

  27. Brenda Underwood December 11, 2014

    Ann this article you wrote is just amazing & the timing on it perfect. I just went through this discovery a year ago with the breast cancer root canal issue. I’ve had some removal of fillings done but the 2 crowns on the right side I’ve not had done because I don’t know where to go? I live 2 hrs from Dallas Texas. Could you recommend biological dentist around Dallas or even Houston Tx? I’m on the HA diet & a health minister. Thank you for speaking out!!!

  28. Nancy Rairdan March 2, 2015

    I agree with others that this is a great article. Unfortunately, dental care is one of the most expensive fields of health prevention out there, and many insurances don’t give dental care. We are both living in the Greater Seattle area on my disability, with no dental coverage. We would both LOVE to be able to go to the dentist, let alone all the other things mentioned here. When you live with having to choose food or other things, it’s no way to live! For those of you with the means to get great dental care, take advantage of it!!!!

  29. Hi Ann,
    Thank you for sharing your experience. I have an appointment to see Dr Mccown in a few months. I have 4 root canals. Two of which are of great concern. Without going into a bunch of details, I’ve been plagued with headaches and fatigue for over a decade. A lot of other issues are present too but I’d really just like to know what to expect. I’m positive the two teeth will need to be extracted along with the cavitation surgery. I really don’t want to spend the rest of my days with missing teeth. I know there are issues with implants. Does Dr Mccown perform implants? I’ve read a lot about zirconium and they seem to be safer. Eventually I know all the root canals need to be removed and I’ll have to do something to replace them. I also have 4 fillings that need to be replaced.

    I’m also worried about the expense. I know I’ll have to have the work done in stages. But, it’s not an option. You can’t place a price tag on health. I’ve already spent so much on other treatments (nutrition, chiropractic, acupuncture) I’m praying this is the answer. Is the cavitation surgery majorly expensive?

    Thank you again,

    • Christy Okon March 9, 2015

      For better, in depth answers, I recommend contacting the Dentist. I would say that the costs would depend on your insurance coverage. Here is the one Ann went to:

      Gary M. McCown D.D.S.
      2923 Alcoa Hwy
      Knoxville, TN 37920

  30. This is a wealth of information and am so glad to have it. I have a sister-in-law and others which this info. will probably help. I did want to comment for the those of you that don’t know what to do about being without some teeth and thinking of implants or other options. Back about 20 years ago I had braces because my bite was off because of having some teeth pulled but doing nothing to keep them straight. By the time I was to get the braces off I realized I didn’t want anything in my mouth that God didn’t put there, so with a lot of advice from others I finally decided to just use my retainers to keep my teeth in line instead of the crowns they had planned for me. I had heard of many horror stories of problems caused by crowns. I was told I’d probably have to use retainers for long time anyway so why not for the rest of my life. I now really don’t have to use them but one night a week, however sometimes I use them more, it seems like they make my teeth look whiter the next morning. I hope this will help someone.

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