Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a disabling condition that can lead to long-term joint damage, persistent pain and loss of function. Studies now show that adults with RA have a higher incidence of periodontal (gum) disease.
Although RA symptoms can affect manual dexterity, which can make tending to oral hygiene more difficult, research shows that other factors may play a role as well.
An extensive study concluded that RA patients are nearly 8 times more likely to have periodontal disease.
While the results showed that oral hygiene played a significant role, a recent study’s results suggest that rheumatoid arthritis is associated with periodontal disease. Because RA and gum disease are both systemic inflammatory disorders, inflammation seems to be the biological mechanism that links the two diseases.
If you have RA or know someone who does, it is important to receive regular dental check-ups and cleanings. If RA runs in your family, be ultra-committed to achieving and maintaining good oral health. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to arrange an appointment. New patients are always welcome and comfort is always a priority!