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55, White Male

My purpose in writing this letter is to help those of you who wonder whether dental work can have an impact on your health. In late February and early March 2000, I had the entire left side of my mouth “fixed” by removing four root canal teeth that had gone bad, along with six crowns that had mercury underneath them. The impact it had on my life was nothing short of astounding.

There were many subjective changes that occurred including the feeling that a fog had been lifted off of my brain as I sat in the dental chair after my teeth had been removed. I will never forget that change in the way I felt immediately after the teeth had been removed.

However, there were many objective changes such as the diastolic blood pressure dropping by about 20 points and my systolic blood pressure dropping by about 30 points within a week of the removal of the teeth, crowns, and amalgams. My blood pressure had been running an average of about 160-170 over 95-100. In less than a week after the teeth were removed my blood pressure dropped to about 130-140 over 75-80!!! I have had marginally high blood pressure (diastolic of about 90) since I was about 25 years old, which abruptly returned to normal.

I lost about 15 pounds over a two month time period without effort. Prior to that time I had watched my diet very carefully and tried every type of exercise and aerobic activity and was unable to lose weight. After the teeth came out, my weight dropped like a stone.

I had severe osteo-arthritis in my right shoulder to the point that I could hardly move my shoulder without severe pain. The arthritis in my right shoulder had started up and gotten progressively worse since tooth #12 had been re-crowned in September 1998. My previous dentist had said that there was an infection beneath the previous crown, which was only a couple of years old. He cleaned up the decay and re-crowned it. Coincidentally, the pain in my right shoulder started very shortly after he did the dental work. My right shoulder felt about 75% better immediately after the teeth were pulled and is now causing me very little pain.

I had severe osteo-arthritis in the fifth metatarsal bone of my right foot. It had been hurting and making walking difficult for the past year, but more severely for the past several months to six months. I was having trouble walking when I went in to get the teeth removed. The arthritis also cleared up after the removal of the 4 bad root canal teeth and the six crowns and mercury fillings.

Also, I regained a lot of the energy that had not been there for a number of years. There were many other changes but these were the ones that had the biggest impact on my life.

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68, White Female

I had an old root canal tooth that was done so long ago that the tooth had a crack. After much thought and a couple of opinions from dentists, I decided to follow Dr. Rehme’s advice and have it extracted and put a permanent bridge there.

Before the extraction, I had many sinus headaches on that side of my head/face. After extraction of the “dead” tooth I had much drainage (post nasal) for several days. Headaches have lessened, and after 2 months, have almost disappeared.

Also, immediately after extraction, I felt I could breathe easier from the nostril on that side.

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50, White Female

I wanted to let you know how much you have helped me with my dental problems. After repeated attempts with other dentists to get someone to pull out my teeth that had been treated with root canals, I found you. After meeting you and talking during our consultation (which I was not rushed through) you agreed I had some valid concerns. I appreciate this validation especially now in light of the results I have experienced after the removal of the root canals.

My initial reason for visiting was to have root canals removed because of my personal risk of heart disease. My family all seem to die from heart disease in one form or another. I would like to do as much for prevention as I can and believe my dental health puts me at risk. Turns out there had been more than one type of benefit for me other than my heart health.

One thing that happened was very surprising. I have been a massage therapist since 1989 and since 2003 have had to curtail my practice down to nothing, due to my decreasing range of motion in my right shoulder. No one seemed to help, not event the massages that I have so diligently practiced and taught to others. People cared, but nothing seemed to help. Within one day after the root canal removal and a few chiropractic adjustments, wa-la, I can actually move my shoulder. I have, since the procedure, been able to do several massages with no repercussions. This is important to me especially in light of 3 months ago I could not have done one massage.

There is another thing that is important to me that I want to comment on that you may not recognize personal history included experiencing childhood sexual abuse in the form of oral trauma.

Whenever I go to a dentist to get any kind of care, invariably memories are stimulated again from these dentist visits and I am thrown a few steps back in my own hard won healing. You are great in your approach to me and I can see that I have benefited fro your working as a kind and thoughtful person. Your gentleness is evident to me even while removing my teeth. Remarkable. I appreciate your whole manner of working with me.

Not everyone is willing to reveal their experiences with abuse, but it’s important for us all to have physically healthy care and also, emotionally safe placed to be cared for. Boundary issues are difficult for most people in the ordinary world, and are especially relevant for a survivor to be able to trust those who we are depending on for our care and require physical contact to complete. My gratitude is deep for you and your office staff that has been instrumental in my dental care.

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72, White Female

I had a root canal removed although there was no pain; it was not bothering me at all. I just felt it should come out. When Dr. Rehme removed the root canal there was a hole in my sinuses. The puss & infection from the root canal had been draining into my sinuses. I always thought I had an allergy. Since the removal of the root canal I no longer have the nasal drainage. The root canal was done 10-15 years ago.

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68, White Female

I came in because of an infected tooth. I was in severe pain all over my face and into my right ear. The tooth was so painful I couldn’t touch it. Over the last 4 years, I have dealt with removal of 4 root canals that were also infected so I knew what the pain was from. Again after removal of the infected tooth I felt an immediate surge of relief. The very next morning, I got up with renewed energy and no pain. If people would just listen to what happens to their body when a tooth is infected they would never consider implants, metals, or root canals. Thank you, Thank you for what you are doing.

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73, White Male

About two years ago, I was tested for sleep apnea and a CPAP machine was recommended for better sleep.
My next concern was a bad shortness of breath and the fact that I had never been checked for possible lung problems.
I was found to have emphysema and I tested a 48. Three months later I tested a 25 and then later a 20 – Breathing had not improved.
I told my dentist of my concerns and he found tooth #32 with a root canal that had been done some years before. The tooth has been pulled about a year ago and my last visit to my lung doctor showed a 52.
My breathing continues to improve, I feel better each day since #32 and the root canal was removed. Needless to say I remain excited with my lung improvement and look forward to my next test scheduled for three months from now. Maybe I’ll never get back to an 80, but I am thankful to my dentist for his help and concern.

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49, White Male

For about three years I had been suffering with severe joint and muscle pain. My energy level was very low and I was experiencing overall fatigue.
Dr. Rehme educated me about a root canal tooth that could be extracted and replace the area with a bridge. I was not in a hurry to have the tooth pulled. Two years prior I had this crown replaced by another dentist due to the fact that the porcelain had chipped off the original crown and the metal underneath was exposed.

I prayed and asked God to show me if I should have the tooth extracted and He did. My muscle pain increased to a “4”, my joint pain increased to a “5” and I was getting more and more fatigued. I wasn’t able to get more than three or four hours of sleep at night before waking up. I could hardly stretch or exercise because of the pain. I knew that I had to get the tooth removed.

In October I had the root canal tooth extracted. In only two weeks I started to notice that my energy level was going up, my joint pain was going away, and I was able to get more than three or four hours of sleep at night.
Six weeks after I had the tooth extracted, I had about 95% of my energy back, my muscle pain was gone, and my joint pain was less than a “1”. My fatigue is gone, and I am able to get seven or eight hours of sleep at night. A bonus to all this was that my pH levels have started coming up and I noticed that my hair is not falling out as much as it had been.

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55, White Female

I cannot thank you and your staff enough for helping me improve my health.
I had my #3 tooth (top upper right), that had made a fistula in the roof of my mouth. I understand actually an abscessed tooth. It had been there since April, but bothering me a lot longer, before the fistula appeared. I was overall feeling crappy all the time.
I had the #3 tooth removed because I did not want a root canal. Since then I have only improved in the way I feel. Especially my sinus on the right and sense of smell and my stomach. Thank you!

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69, White Male

This is to state beginning in the summer of 1993 I was having digestive problems, including diarrhea and a bad burning sensation when I went to the bathroom. It kept me up at night and bothered me all day. In 2004 after going to several doctors, I had a bad tooth pulled by Dr. Rehme. My problems stopped! NO MORE IMMODIUM!

One year later….

The last tooth you removed (which was abscessed) has resulted in the bad headaches ceasing. Also, the surrounding teeth have quit hurting & I get a decent night sleep without having to get up, walk the floor and put on ice packs. I don’t have to take the Claritin D & get by with a low level, off the shelf, sinus tablet. I really think I can get rid of that after the weather turns cool.

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50, White Female

After tooth extracted, neck and shoulder pain stopped. Fall allergies seem to be a lot better! Thanks!

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