The bad news about the bacteria that causes gum disease just keeps getting worse. New research indicates that it may trigger the joint inflammation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In fact, scientists think this recent study may have brought them closer than ever to uncovering the root cause of RA, and it could be in your mouth.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
It’s an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune cells attack the joints, typically starting with the small joints of the hands and feet. The disease causes;
Brushing, flossing, rinsing, check-ups to avoid arthritis?
These four simple things are what we do in order to maintain a healthy and attractive smile, but now consider that not taking care of your teeth and gums could also affect your joint health.
A possible biological connection between RA and gum disease
Previous research had already found that tooth loss, often due to gum disease, might predict the risk of RA and its severity. And the more teeth lost, the greater the risk for joint inflammation.
Does RA have a bacterial cause and do those bacteria come from the mouth?
The research was designed to compare people with and without gum disease and well as those with and without RA. Connections were noted that make the relationship between gum disease and RA worth examining further.
However, it’s true that not everyone with gum disease develops rheumatoid arthritis, and not everyone with rheumatoid arthritis has had gum disease – or even just poor dental hygiene. In addition, the onset and evolution of the RA can take decades, and a lot more research is necessary to get to the bottom of this debilitating disease. But these new findings definitely provide a better understanding of causes of autoimmune diseases, which can lead to avoiding the risk of triggering various related conditions, such as RA.
Taking care of your teeth and gums could protect a lot more than your smile
You may potentially be avoiding the onset of rheumatoid arthritis every time you brush and floss. Make an appointment for your regular dental appointment today. Call 304-754-8803.