Untreated tooth infection leads to Ohio man's death

By Nancy Cook | ncook@ktalnews.tv

Published 05/09 2014 08:12PM

Updated 05/09 2014 09:25PM

After Ohio man died from a tooth infection that could have been easily cured, his  family wants to share its tragedy to prevent more deaths.

John Schneider of Mt. Orab, Ohio, died in April after a blood infection. His mother,  Aloha Schneider said, “It shouldn't have happened. It shouldn't have happened. It's a nightmare.”

Schneider was 31 years old.


Schneider’s mother said her son first thought he had a sinus infection and was admitted to the hospital in March. “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.,” his mother said.

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,” 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.”

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