Link Between Tooth Infection and Hair Loss

Discussion in 'Hair Loss Causes' started by Angela, May 6, 2009.

  1. Angela

    Angela Moderator

    There is a close relationship between infection outbreaks on teeth and the presence of alopecia areata or localized alopecia, a type of hair loss which has an unknown origin.

    Alopecia areata starts with bald patches on the scalp, and sometimes elsewhere on the body. The disease occurs in males and females of all ages, and experts believe that it affects 1 out 1000 people.
    Research by professors José Antonio Gil Montoya and Antonio Cutando Soriano, of the University of Granada, advises going to the dentist when patients notice localized hair loss, in order to receive a careful examination of their oral health.
    "Alopecia areata is a dermatitis which presents the following signs: The typical pattern is for one or more round bald patches to appear on the scalp, in the beard, or in the eyebrows, or to undergo a loss of eyelashes. Alopecia areata is thought to be an auto-immune disease", stated the researchers. Hair re-grows in most patients after several months. However, in a quarter of all patients the condition recurs once or more. According to professors at the UGR, the affected hair follicles are not totally destroyed. Therefore, hair can grow back, although patients who have already suffered from alopecia areata may have recurrences.
    Frequently, patients with alopecia areata have hairs with the shape of an exclamation mark on the border of the bald patch. Hairs become weak and fall out easily. Several studies suggest that alopecia areata has unpredictable development: sometimes hair grows back within a few weeks, but in some cases the disease progresses and can cause further hair loss on scalp and body.
    Until the research at the UGR, which establishes for the first time a relationship between alopecia areata and dental disease, the origin of this kind of hair loss was not well known. Hair-follicle tissue inflames without cicatrisation. In alopecia areata, the affected hair follicles are mistakenly attacked by the immune system. Some of the factors that cause alopecia are: genetics, family history of alopecia, non-specific immune reactions, specific auto-immune reactions of certain organs and emotional stress.
    "We have found that bald patches caused by tooth infection are not always in the same place. They normally appear on a line projected from the dental infection and can thus can be located on the face at the level of the maxillary teeth, above a line through the lip-angle to the scalp, beard, or even to the eyebrow. Nevertheless, they can also be located far from infection outbreak." Explained Gil Montoya and Cutando Soriano.

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  2. angelinadiaz

    angelinadiaz Banned

    nice article..very interesting and informative.
  3. arjhay101

    arjhay101 New Member

    I never thought that there is a connection on hair loss and tooth infection. Thanks for sharing this article anyways. Keep it up!
  4. yubcheung

    yubcheung New Member

    Wow. I can't believe you shared this article, thank you. I've been super paranoid about whether this is the cause to my hair loss. This is because I had a root canal done a year ago, after 3 years of suffering with the pain of a sensitive tooth. I still have painful teeth but haven't got round to seeing the dentist which makes the thought circulate even more about whether it could be my teeth causing my hair loss.
    Does anyone have any knowledge or even pictures on the type of hair loss it produces so I can maybe compare to mine? I know it describes it in the article but I'm still a bit confused.

  5. jack22

    jack22 New Member

    There is a close relationship between tooth infection and the presence of alopecia areata or localized alopecia, a type of hair loss which has an unknown origin. Alopecia start with a bad patches on the body.

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  6. jest

    jest New Member

    After reading Angelas post...I realized that I do recall having a dental deep cleaning done and then I had a burning patch on the side/top of my head just prior to my first loss of hair a few years ago....but it eventually stopped and grew back.
  7. Julia David

    Julia David Member

    There is no definitive link between tooth decay and hair loss. there are diseases that can cause both of these things but usually these involve numerous teeth. From what you've said, you only had one. Your receding hairline and hair loss may be contributed to another cause or it may be hereditary.

    Since it was just one tooth, I think it's safe to say that the tooth just got damaged and bacteria grew and infected the pulp. Nothing more. It was just a neglected tooth.

    A receding hairline is a classic example of male pattern baldness. In men, baldness is usually classified into different grades. It goes from class 1 to class 7. Hair is initially lost in the front part of the head from the sides to the center, resulting in a receding hairline. After this you start to lose hair from the back and top of the head till it meets in the center and results in total baldness.
    In women, hair loss is only classified as mild, moderate, or severe hair loss. They do not generally have receding hairlines which is more typical of men.