The potential connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis has been a topic of interest all around the world.
While we’ve known for some time that there must be some kind of link between the two conditions, we still don’t know exactly what it is. We do know that both are inflammatory diseases. It definitely seems that having one of the two issues puts you at risk for the other.
Does Rheumatoid Arthritis Cause Gum Disease . . . ?
Some studies suggest that people with rheumatoid arthritis are up to five times more like to develop serious gum disease than those who don’t have arthritis.
A study in Germany also found that when cases of gum disease showed up among rheumatoid arthritis sufferers, it was more severe and aggressive than usual.
Could the two conditions share an even deeper relationship?
Genetics could have something to do with it. According to one study in Israel, a genetic marker (HLA-DR4) linked to rheumatoid arthritis was also found in 80% of study subjects with gum disease.
. . . Or Does Gum Disease Cause Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Another possible theory points to the fact that gum disease can make people up to four times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. It’s widely suggested that bacteria from the gum infection travel via the bloodstream and trigger inflammation in other areas of the body. This would directly contribute to a systemic condition like rheumatoid arthritis.
Are You At Risk?
Your local dentist can help you find out what your gum disease risk is. You can lower your chances by practicing excellent oral hygiene.
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Bear Valley Dental Care
137 Montgomery Ave, Suite 200
Boyertown, PA 19512
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