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Dental screening, foci and systematic localisation

Dental foci include several lesions, such as a wisdom tooth that is stuck during growth, a dead tooth, an inflammation around an improperly rooted tooth, a cyst, or significant tartar.

Their common feature is that they are bacterial infection and can occur in areas where the body's defense system, the immune system, cannot access it. Thus, the bacteria that “live” there can multiply without any difficulty and get the toxins they produce into our bodies. This is called focal disease.

These bacteria and their by-products can cause systemic diseases such as hair loss, pelvic inflammatory disease, myocarditis, arthritis, but can also affect the health of our skin.

A dental focus usually is a localized chronic infection that under certain circumstances may result in severe local or systemic disease. The most important dental foci are periodontitis, periapical lesions, advanced carious lesions, nonvital pulp, partially impacted teeth and root tips.