Tooth Decay Actually Can Kill You

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! 


I actually did know that about tooth decay, weirdly enough. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day is extremely important for your health. Although not as serious at dying from tooth decay, there is also an oral disease called gingivitis. It is when your gums become inflamed due to lack or brushing the teeth and flossing. Because of this plaque builds up and infects the gums and, in rare cases can lead to another disease called periodontitus. This, when you start loosing teeth. Basically, I just wanted to reiterate your point and tell everyone to brush their teeth!

Ew! That's really gross (for lack of a better word, haha), but good to know! I'm a stickler for teeth-brushing, and I don't understand how people can go to bed without brushing their teeth! Keep your pearly whites clean!!

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