How Dental Health and Arthritis are Related
Your mouth may seem far removed from your joints, but you may be surprised that they are actually closely connected. In fact, the bacterium that causes gum disease may also be responsible for the early onset of fast progressing and more severe cases of rheumatoid arthritis. According to researchers from the School of Dentistry at the University of Louisville, the bacteria release enzymes that trigger certain proteins, which then trigger an immune attack. This results in the chronic inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis, which damages and destroys the bones and cartilage within the joints.
The study, which was published in “PLOS Pathogens,” may provide researchers with new ways to treat this common problem. Previous studies have shown that people with periodontal disease are twice as common in people with rheumatoid arthritis, and the periodontal disease often precedes the arthritis. It may also reveal ways to prevent the debilitating condition for a better quality of life.
You can take steps to reduce your risk of developing periodontal disease. A balanced diet nourishes your body and your gums and gives you the nutrition your body needs to fight off infections. Good dental hygiene will keep oral bacteria under control and give them less opportunity to irritate or infect your gums. Visit us twice a year for professional cleanings. You may need more frequent cleanings if you have a history of gum disease or rheumatoid arthritis. Give us a call today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in dental cleaning in Northridge.
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