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Pain In My Tooth Is It Lyme Disease

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

Deer Tick According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) about 70 percent of patients with Lyme disease had migrating tooth pain; and 35 percent of this group had unnecessary oral surgery like root canals and tooth extractions when there was no existence of dental or periodontal disease.

Lyme disease is a tickborne infection (TBI). It has been traditionally associated with the deer (Ixodes scapularis) and black legged (Ixodes pacificus) ticks infected with the spirochete Borrelia burgdorferi (Bb) bacterium. When ticks feed upon animals infected with Borrelia burgdorferi bacterium they become infected. They in turn transmit the bacteria to humans and other non-infected animals as they feed upon them for blood. Because the Lyme disease bacteria have been found in blood concerns have been raised about the likelihood of contracting Lyme disease through blood transfusion. Under current regulations those testing positive cannot be blood donors.

 

Lyme disease can be difficult to detect because it can mimic the symptoms of a vast number of disorders. It is often called the great pretender or mimic. Tests designed to detect the disease often come up a false positive or do not detect it at all.

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