Can a Root Canal Make You Sick?


I know from experience that the dental bill for a root canal can make you sick to your stomach, but did you know that the root canal itself can be at the “root” of many illnesses. Please don’t blindly buy into the mentality that a root canal is your only option. In the United States alone, over 41,000 of these are performed per day and an estimated 25 million per year! OUCH!

Teeth require a blood supply, need to allow for necessary drainage and have tons of nerve endings. A tooth that has had a root canal becomes essentially a dead tooth. When dentists perform a root canal, they remove the nerve from the main canals but not the nerves from the side canals which leaves dead nerves behind in those spaces.  A specific type of bacteria which doesn’t need oxygen to survive then thrive in the side canals and ooze toxic substances.  The blood supply that surrounds these now dead teeth drains this toxic substance and spreads it to your entire body.  Bacteria trapped inside the structure of teeth migrate throughout the body. They may infect any organ, gland, or tissue and can damage the heart, kidneys, joints, eyes, brain, and endanger pregnant women. This can lead to cancers, compromised autoimmune systems, heart and circulatory issues, irritable bowels, joint problems and inflammation, and many other diseases.  And to make it worse, antibiotics don’t solve the problem because the bacteria are locked inside the dead tooth!

Dr. Meinig who was a dentist for the Hollywood stars and became one of the founding members of the American Association of Endodontists (root canal specialists). In the 1990s, he studied the ill effects of dental procedures and in 1993, published the book Root Canal Cover-Up.  This book will shock you and perhaps save you from the suffering that can be caused by this procedure.

Here’s an excerpt from a blog about a woman that had a toothache so bad, she said she would rather give birth than have this type of pain again.  She called her dentist, who scheduled her for a root canal without even having her come in for a check-up.  Since she had several days before the scheduled procedure, she decided to see what she could do first:

Once the painkillers kicked in and I could think clearly, I concluded that if I was having pain and inflammation then I must have an infection, so I went to work to clear the infection. So I gargled with water and sea salt, took colloidal silver and applied tea trea oil to the tooth and clove oil three times a day, while taking calcium flouride tissue salt ( a homeopathic mineral salt). By Monday, I didn’t need to take the painkiller anymore and that was the end of that. That tooth has not given me any grief since and that was over 9 years ago.

In my own experience after having a root canal and realizing it was causing more harm than good, I had to go back to the dentist with that same tooth to endure two more very excruciating dental chair sessions.  So it cost me a fortune and the tooth still bothers me.  When another tooth started acting up, instead of calling the dentist, I did a bit of research.  I found a product at Whole Foods called Mouth Tonic by Herbs etc.  I used this and took garlic supplements.  Within 3 days the tooth pain was completely gone.

For Additional resources visit:

Root Canal Cover-Up

International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine

Holistic Dental Association

Health Blessings,

Sandy Scherschligt

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Sandy J Duncan
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  • Becky

    I struggled with dental appointments and a toothache for a year. Finally they talked me into a root
    canal. I did not feel well again until they pulled the tooth. I also switched dentists. They were into too many

    • craigo

      Hi there. I have 3 root canals myself. Could you be specific on how you didnt feel well until you got the tooth pulled? thanks.

  • Summer

    A few days after a root canal I got uveitus. Often that eye disease is caused by a blow to the head. I believe in my case the working in my mouth from the root canal was too much for my body (eye). To top it off after taking predforte
    for the uveitus I got a cataract. I was 43 at the time. That's medicne for you. One bad thing leads to another.

  • lauriej1

    This is a classic case of "save the tooth, kill the patient". I went through the agony of a root canal infection, then a mickey-mouse root canal attempt and finally got so fed up I told the dentist to yank the tooth. After another insane episode with another root canal I had that one yanked too. After talking with a variety of people with similar experiences I naturally came to the conclusion that root canals are little more than a money-making scam.
    Fortunately, like the author of this article, I discovered Homeopathy and haven't had any dental problems since.

    • HealthyMoms

      Thanks for sharing your experience. I sure wish we could get people to see the reality of what we are continually being convinced is the only option. I am certain there are cases that it is a necessary procedure. But I'd venture to guess that it is less than 10% of those performed. Think I'll do the research and get a follow-up to this article.
      Healthy Blessings, Sandy Scherschligt, Author

  • Meredith

    I wish this article had more information about what to instead of a root canal. It would be helpful to hear more information on alternatives instead of just negative information about root canals. Choices are key.

  • HealthyMoms

    Meredith, thanks for your comments. I would suggest the mouth tonic I used (there is a link to it in this article so you can see the type – think it can be found also at Whole Foods or other health food stores. Also, just plain old salt and water rinses and the clove oil suggested by the italicized quote above is a good easy place to start with tooth pain. The other thing I've heard is rinsing your teeth with a strong mouth wash like listerine to help remove infection. Hope that helps! Sandy

  • rsmithcando

    Hi! I appreciate your article's warning and am facing the root canal/ extraction decision myself, due to a deep cavity and fix. I believe there must be remedies to this and saw that homeopathy was suggested. I have kept this at bay already for a couple of years off and on with simple garlic (biting down and holding a partial raw clove on the tooth, then swallowing it as an antibiotic pill). I will look up your mouth tonic link, but I'm wondering: is there a way to revitalize the tooth, not just keep the pain down?

  • Austin Johnson

    According to the survey the cases of Cancer and Eye Infection after the Root canal Treatment is increasing today, if root canal treatment is one of the most recommended Dental Procedure but care should be taken so that it could not make you sick. For more information, please refer

  • jakejamison1995

    I have never heard that a root canal could make you sick. I have heard of becoming sick after a flu shot, but never after dental work. I am looking for a new dentist right now. I'll be sure to check out reviews first to make sure that the patients haven't been getting sick after getting dental procedures done like root canals.
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  • davey

    I've had the wonderful blessing of having a history of terrible dental problems in my family. We're almost best buds with our dentist because we visit him so often. I sadly have to pair along with the rest of the family, even though we do what we can to have good dental care. I've always tried to find a way to at least lessen the problem, but I haven't been fortunate yet. Hopfully I'll find hope sometime.