Toothache turns deadly

CINCINNATI, Ohio (WLWT) – An Ohio family wants to share its tragedy to prevent more deaths.

“It shouldn’t have happened. It shouldn’t have happened. It’s a nightmare,” Aloha Schneider says.

Schneider’s son John died in April due to a blood infection that developed because of an infected tooth.

He was 31-years-old.

Aloha Schneider said John first thought he had a sinus infection and was admitted to the hospital in March, and his condition quickly spiraled.

“We asked him to go to the doctor and he wouldn’t go. He was like, ‘I’m OK. I’m OK. I don’t have any money, I’m OK,” Aloha Schneider said.

Doctors found out John Schneider actually had a tooth infection that turned into sepsis.

The blood infection spread rapidly throughout his body and shut down his vital organs.

“He had open-heart surgery on a Wednesday morning on the 16th and he passed that Thursday morning at 1:17 a.m.,” Aloha Schneider said.

John Schneider’s mother and sister are hoping to share their heartbreak to help save lives.

They want to share how important seeing a dentist regularly can be and that it can save lives.

“Go to the dentist. Get your teeth checked. Go for cleanings. You don’t have to have pain and you don’t have to have bad teeth,” John Schneider’s sister Andrea Reisert said.

Cincinnati Dental Services oral surgeon Dr. Richard Kruer said that even if patients are uninsured or don’t have the money to pay out of pocket they can still see a dentist.

Most dentists will find a way to help patients if they are in bad shape, Kruer said.

“Most practitioners have a heart and if they see if you’re in trouble, they will give you antibiotics, get you to the hospital so that you can avert these things,” Kruer said.

Kruer also said that there are several dental offices around town that provide services at an affordable rate.

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