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How Dental Health Affects Arthritis

How Dental Health Affects Arthritis

A recent study from the University of Louisville School of Dentistry found that gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis may be linked. Gum disease has previously been associated with other serious health issues ranging from stroke and heart attack to diabetes and pregnancy complications. According to this new study, the oral bacteria responsible for gum disease also worsen symptoms of arthritis in mice. Researchers believe that the link is due to an enzyme created by P. gingivalis, which speeds the onset, progression and severity of RA by stimulating an inflammatory response that results in chronic inflammation.

 

Good dental habits may not be enough to prevent or lessen the severity of RA, but they can help you avoid gum disease. The bacteria that cause gum disease live in oral plaque. Brushing properly and regularly can remove the plaque from the surfaces of your teeth, but you also need to floss daily to get the plaque from between your and in those areas near the gumline where your toothbrush cannot reach. If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may need to take special precautions to ensure your teeth and gums are as healthy as possible. These may include additional preventive treatments such as periodontal maintenance as recommended.

 

You also need to schedule a dental exam and X-rays periodically. Most patients should visit us about every six months, but you may need to come more often if you are at a higher risk of gum disease or other dental problems. Call us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with our team.

 

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