Going Bald and Toothaches: Here’s How They’re Related

Going Bald and Toothaches: Here’s How They’re Related

No one knows the origins, but it’s likely an auto-immune disease, and it can even affect your eyebrows.

Find you’ve got a bald patch on your scalp? It’s time to visit the dentist.

Researchers from the Department of Stomatology of the University of Granada, say there’s a close relationship between infection outbreaks in your teeth and the presence of a type of hair loss on your body.

Scientists say they don’t know the origin of the condition known as alopecia areata or localized alopecia, but they know it could happen to you. It all starts with bald areas on your scalp, and sometimes in other places on your body, and affects about 1 in 1,000 people.

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It’s thought to be an auto-immune disease, and the good news is that your hair can grow back after several months. Oddly enough, patients who have it often have hairs growing in the shape of an exclamation mark on the border of their bald patch.

And sometimes the hair loss can be right on your face.

“We have found that bald patches caused by tooth infection.. 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,” explained Gil Montoya and Cutando Soriano.

Granted, if you have a tooth infection, you likely already know about it. But if your hair falls out first, you might want to make that call.

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