So this morning I was sitting in history class, and my teacher was talking about colonies. He started talking about sugar exports and how new this all was to the English, and that because it was so new it began to decay their teeth. And as more teeth began to decay, the mortality rate went higher. He said this is still prevalent today, and this really got me thinking. I had no idea that something like tooth decay could kill you.
While it is not extremely common, it can happen. In 2007, a 12 year old boy from Maryland died due to an abscessed tooth. A dental abscess is the collection of infected materials and bacterial infection at the center of the pulp tissue, but it is something that can be easily removed by a root canal.
Even though this is not the most scientific thing, it is medicine-related, and I thought it was really interesting because it's not something you hear about very often. So make sure you brush your teeth and go to the dentist!