For decades, myths and conspiracy theories about the nature and circumstances of Hitler’s death circulated the globe. In 2009, on The History Channel, an archaeologist and bone specialist claimed to have examined a portion of the dictator’s skull and found it to belong to a woman under 40 years of age, and not to Hitler. Given The History Channel’s tendency to promote dubious theories, it’s not surprising that a recent study of Hitler’s teeth came to a different conclusion. A group of French pathologists say they can finally put to rest the theories that Hitler escaped to South America at the end of WWII. A portion of his jaw and teeth proves that he did indeed die in 1945 in the Führerbunker, in Germany.
The study also revealed other interesting facts about Hitler’s health and lifestyle during his final years. For example, the examiners noted there was no traces of meat on the teeth, which is consistent with Hitler’s vegetarianism. Most notably, the fact that he had very few of his original teeth remaining in his mouth due to a severe case of gum disease. His mouth was a complex system of bridges and dentures to replace teeth that had been extracted due to decay.
Hitler’s Notorious Bad Breath
The examination of Hitler’s teeth, or at least the four natural teeth remaining, confirms records of the dictator’s notoriously bad breath. While gum disease is difficult to detect early, chronic bad breath is a common symptom of things gone wrong. In addition to bad breath, people with gum disease may also experience swollen gums, sensitive gums, or bleeding gums. Hitler’s poor oral health is one of the ways the pathologists were able to confirm his identity. They were able to accurately match the jaw bone and teeth to his dental records and X-rays taken in 1944, a year before his death, when his dentist treated his gum disease.
Gum Disease Didn’t Kill Hitler, But It Could Have
The study of Hitler’s teeth show a blue tint, indicating that he likely took cyanide to kill himself. While gum disease didn’t kill Hitler, it could have. Gum disease impacts the entire body and its consequences, if left untreated, can be deadly. The bacteria that causes gum disease can travel through the bloodstream, taking up residence in integral organs. Oral bacteria can be a major contributor to clogged arteries causing heart disease and stroke.
In an attempt to track down the real story behind Hitler’s death, his dental assistants were captured by the Soviet army and interrogated. They had to recall his dental work from memory as it was hard to track down records during the chaotic days at the end of the war. The dental assistants described the bridge work and recalled the dentures he carried around in a cigar box.
Treating Gum Disease Doesn’t Have to Be an Unsolved Mystery
The mystery of Hitler’s death has finally been solved, thanks to dental work performed to mitigate the damage of the dictator’s gum disease. Thankfully, treating gum disease doesn’t have to be an unsolved mystery. Now, a general dentist can use a diode laser to halt gum disease before tooth loss, preventing the need for bridges and dentures. This laser causes much less discomfort and less bleeding than traditional treatments, and has a much faster recovery time too. Want to learn what gum disease treatment is right for you in Anchorage? Please call (907) 274-7691 today for an appointment with a general dentist at Denali Dental Care.