Link Between Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Researchers have uncovered how the bacterium responsible for periodontal disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, worsens rheumatoid arthritis (RA) by leading to earlier onset, faster progression and greater severity of the disease, including increased bone and cartilage destruction.

Studies indicate that compared to the general population, people with periodontal disease have an increased prevalence of RA and, periodontal disease is at least two times more prevalent in RA patients. Other research has shown that a P. gingivalis infection in the mouth will precede RA, and the bacterium is the likely culprit for onset and continuation of the autoimmune inflammatory responses that occur in the disease.

Scientists are hopeful these findings will shed new light on the treatment and prevention of RA; and further research is underway to verify these findings.

This is just one more reason to keep up with your 6-month dental hygiene appointments with Dr. Angell. The new year is a great time to review your hygiene appointments to make sure you are scheduled for those all-important teeth cleanings and checkups.

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