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Are Root Canals Dangerous to Your Health?


Oral health is more than just fresh breath, pearly white teeth and a great smile. Poor oral hygiene has the potential to compromise your immune system and your overall health. In fact, the commonly performed root canal procedure – of which 25 million are carried out each year in the U.S. – can lead to chronic disease, according to Dr. Mercola’s natural health website.

Root Canal Dangers Exposed
For years, those in the field of science have warned of the dangers of this dental procedure. Yet each day, 41,000 patients undergo a root canal, according to the source. Intended to save the natural tooth, these procedures hollow out the tooth and fill it with a substance which cuts off the blood supply. The tooth then remains in the mouth without this supply of blood, while cultivating many tiny areas that enable bacteria growth. In some cases, this toxic anaerobic bacteria can spread throughout the body and cause several medical complications including degenerative diseases like cancer.

Since antibiotics cannot penetrate the tooth, they are not useful in killing the infections.

Root canals have been linked to many chronic diseases, such as cancer.Root canals have been linked to many chronic diseases, such as cancer.

“Root canals stress the immune system,” explained Hallelujah Diet health expert Olin Idol. “After decades of stress, cancer may develop in a genetic weak area as the immune system is no longer able to maintain health. It is thought by many who are knowledgeable about the dangers of root canals, cavitations and mercury fillings that oral pathology may be an underlying factor in up to 85 percent of ALL chronic diseases.”

Living with Cancer
As Ann Malkmus writes in “Unravel the Mystery,” one of the first things she urges people to do upon being diagnosed with cancer is to have any root canals evaluated, mercury amalgams removed and cavitation repaired. Making a visit to a biological dentist is also on her cancer recovery checklist. Tissue and gum health, as well as oral health as a whole, need to be addressed as there is far too much evidence proving the connection to cancer, according to Ann.

Put even more directly by the Center for Advancement in Cancer Research, “Until a cancer patient gets rid of the root canal-filled teeth and cavitations, they don’t get well.”

If you have had a root canal performed, these teeth should be removed before the age of 50 or even sooner, to avoid illness.

“I would absolutely discourage anyone from having a root canal and if they have any, get them removed,” said Idol. “A competent and knowledgeable holistic or mercury-free dentist will be able to work with a person and save a tooth that is potentially headed for a root canal. But, if it can not be saved apart from a root canal, you should have it pulled.”

Root Canal Alternatives
Dr. Mercola explains several alternatives to the root canal if you have a tooth removed. For the easiest and most cost-effective option, you can have a removable denture put in, known as a partial denture. For something slightly more permanent, you can opt for a bridge. This will be more expensive and involved. And though there are some complications due to the metals used, a permanent artificial tooth can be implanted.

Practicing good oral hygiene is important for your overall health.Practicing good oral hygiene is important for your overall health.

When it comes to oral health, there are preventative measures that one can take. Regular flossing, brushing and use of Hydro Floss daily are among the best practices for promoting dental hygiene. It’s also beneficial to use an oral probiotic supplement that can help to maintain favorable balance of flora in the mouth, according to Idol.

“When friendly flora predominate, an environment is created that makes it difficult for pathogenic bacteria to thrive,” he explained.

Neglecting your oral hygiene may endanger the benefits you gain by following a biblical, plant-based diet. Maintaining your oral health will help provide you with a life of improved overall health, free of chronic disease.


  1. Mary M. Chitwood August 29, 2016

    Thank you so much for covering this subject! I have been told I needed a root canal and because of other hearsay, opted to have the tooth pulled. Now I feel vindicated, and affirmed for future diagnoses! Also, will forward this to my friend who has dealt with Melanoma in her face, neck, lymph glands. Thank you again!!!

  2. Larysa Bocharova August 31, 2016

    I have several root canals for many years. I wonder, if there is a way to regrew new teeth. I would like to pull up those teeth with root canals and regrew new healthy teeth. If there is any info available?

  3. Great article. One more reminder of how far apart knowledge and research are from application. I’ve known how damaging root canals are for years and have several books explaining why. But no one else seems to have ever heard this when I bring it up! And dentists are continuing to do them at record speed without ever explaining the risks to the patient!
    I’m getting more and more disillusioned with not only the ignorant medical profession but the ignorant public that sees no point in educating themselves! I could go on for hours on the different “discoveries” that could have saved and improved lives through the years but has been swept under the carpet. I can’t even sit through prayer requests at my church because so much of what is prayed for could have been avoided in the first place.
    Somehow we have accepted the fact that God has a different plan from the world for our salvation. His plan is also different from the world’s in regards to marriage, finances and work ethics. Why can we not see the contrast in God’s way to health and the world’s way?! The world’s way isn’t even to health, it is to medical care and management. Even their idea of ‘prevention’ is actually just early diagnosis. It has nothing to do with preventing disease; they don’t think that’s possible. Only God has that answer!!
    Sorry for the rant. Can you tell I’m frustrated?

    • Kathy, I agree with you regarding prayer requests at church. When people who smoke get lung cancer; when an obese person has diabetes, or compressed vertebral discs, or knee problems; when people constantly eat junk, chemical-filled food… and then they ask God to heal them, it makes me nauseous! They’re basically saying, “Hey God, I’ve lived my life on my terms like I’ve wanted to live and haven’t taken care of this special body that you’ve given me. Now heal me so that I can continue to do what I want.” Sickening…literally.

  4. Because of ill health in my earlier years, leading to hundreds of mercury fillings, by the time I hit my forties teeth began to die. At one point I had sixteen root canals, as well as all the amalgam fillings in what was left. Even on the Hallelujah Diet I realized I was losing ground, basically dying.

    In 2003 I went to a clinic associated with Dr. Hal Huggins and had seventeen teeth removed as well as the amalgams and the cavitations cleaned up. It was all done in one day under IV conscious sedation and I woke up the next morning feeling more peace than I’d experienced in decades.

    Some years later I had the rest of my teeth out. They’d all been damaged and were still dying one by one. Since then my health has been on a definite upward spiral. These were all hard decisions but some of the best I’ve ever made.

  5. I had a couple of root canals and that’s over 15 years ago and never had ant health problems. I’m happy that I still have my teeth. Can’t live in fear trust in God and pray about all decisions and you will have peace it’s the right decision.

    • Thank you! this message really helps me. Living in fear can only cause stress and stress is more dangerous than root canal.

  6. Thank you! This helps me, I have had one root canal and it did not turn out right. Im greatful that I want be doing another one. I do not want to live in fear at all,Ill keep trusting God for direction for my dental health. Thanks again.

  7. Carolyn Calhoun September 8, 2018

    Excellent information about the dangers of root canals. Having worked in the dental field for over 30 years I can attest the the need to have od amalgams removed and avoid root canals if at all possible. While implants are more costly they are a much safe means to use. Thank you soooo much for his very valuable information.

  8. Sandra Dufresne September 10, 2018

    I have several mercury filling and a root canal, I have had major dental work done, braces in my 40’s and then maxofacial surgery to align my jaw. All the money I have put into my teeth now are all falling apart. I have periodontis disease which is in check now, but my jar at times aches in the bone and certain teeth hurt without reason. I guess I am a good candidate to see a Biological dentist if I could find one. I am 60 years of age would it be worth it to go through all this corrections? And wear do I find this type of dentist?
    Thank you very much

    • Melody Hord September 10, 2018

      Finding a good dentist can be a challenge. When you start researching and asking lots of questions, hopefully you will find one you feel confident with.

  9. Thank you for this information. It can be used to help make better decisions regarding dental health. Unless you are fortunate enough to be seen by a Biological Dentist, most of the population sees root canals as the norm. I encourage anyone with serious health issues to address the issues mentioned if at all possible. There is more and more research supporting these claims.

  10. I agree that root canals are very dangerous to health. I learned that they are always infected.

    I only had 1 and had it pulled when I learned the truth about root canals.

  11. Angela M Solomon October 3, 2018

    I never knew root canals could be so dangerous. Just a reminder that we should always do our research anytime we are getting dental work.

  12. Jewel Marie August 3, 2020

    Please Do Not rush and have just any Dentist remove a root canal tooth!! I researched this after reading this a year ago and went to a dentist in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Yolanda Cintron where she not only pulls the tooth but does an ozone wash?? of the area to kill the bacteria so that it doesn’t get in your blood and then to your heart and put you at risk for a heart attack. Hope this helps. Research for yourself.

  13. Tabitha R Stone August 5, 2020

    I had an unexplained illness for several years and although docs said it was pneumonia & bronchitis, I suspected a bad tooth was the culprit and stupidly allowed them to do a root canal. This sealed in the infection for three more years and caused a major fungal infection in my sinuses and head. I had the root canal removed a year and a half ago, but am still dealing with sinus problems, breathing issues and a horrible candida overgrowth. It looks as is my body is actually now allergic to candida, and that the whole mess turned into an auto-immune disease. Does anyone have any idea on how to rid my body once and for all??? It will be 6 years this month, and I just want to feel good again.

  14. Jessica Mixon August 10, 2020

    Dental health is key to whole body health. For Sandra Dufresne, and people with serious dental problems , Dr. David Shuch, integrative Dentist is brilliant and a spiritual man as well. His practice of holistic dentistry is amazing. People travel to him from many distances and states. Contact # in NJ is 973 579 7400

  15. I use my oral hydro floss irrigator daily to promote healthy teeth and gums. This machine treats the water magnetically and is an excellent investment in your health.

  16. Most people don’t know that root canals are so detrimental to their health. Thank you for speaking up about it!

    I had 4 RC and a couple metal fillings. It wasn’t until I had a cone beam done that I found out 3 of the RC were infected. I had no idea, no symptoms except poor health. X-rays do NOT show if a RC is infected. I’d had these for 15 years or so. My body had been fighting the infection for a very long time. Once the biological dentist pulled my RC’s he could see they were bad and one even had a cyst on it.
    Make sure a biological dentist removes RC and metal fillings!
    I opted to have 1 permanent bridge and one removable bridge and 2 are just empty.

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