Dental Practitioners Confirm Dental Infection Can Be Fatal
A family from Cincinnati wants to share their tragedy in order to educate other people and prevent more deaths. John Schneider of Mt. Orab died in April after suffering from blood infection. He was just 31 years old.
Aloha Schneider said her son John thought he had a sinus infection. He was admitted to the hospital in March. She said that they asked John to go to the doctor but he wouldn’t go. Doctors discovered that John had a tooth infection that became sepsis.
The blood infection spread fast throughout the body and shut down his vital organs. John had open-heart surgery Wednesday morning and then died the following day. Aloha Schneider and John’s sister hope that by sharing their heartbreak, they can help prevent more deaths.
They advise people to see their dentists regularly. They say that regular checkups can help save lives. Cleaning of the teeth should be done in a regular basis. They also said that people don’t have to be in pain or have bad teeth to go see a dentist.
Dr. Richard Kruer, oral surgeon from the Cincinnati Dental Services, said that patients who don’t have dental coverage or don’t have money to pay the dentist must still have their teeth checked. Most dentists will find a way to help patients if they need oral services. Most dental practitioners have a heart and wouldn’t turn away somebody who is in trouble. They will provide antibiotics and get the patient to the hospital in order to avoid fatal tooth infection. Dr. Kruer also said that there are several dental offices in the area that provides services at affordable prices. There’s no excuse not to have your teeth checked regularly. This simple action can help save your life. Most of the teeth infections are avoidable when caught early.