Periodontal Disease Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

hand bones injuryMore and more studies are exposing the hidden dangers of the oral bacteria that cause periodontal disease. In a recent study conducted by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, ties have been made between oral bacteria and the development of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Philadelphia dentist Dr. Pamela Doray stresses the importance of routine oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist to prevent the systemic and oral health effects caused by periodontal disease.

The oral- body connection has been getting a lot of attention, and for good reason. The links between the health of your teeth and gums and the health of your other vital systems are becoming more apparent. John Hopkins recent study shows the connection between the inflammatory causes of arthritis and the bacteria that causes gum disease.

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Gum Disease and Systemic Disease

The oral bacteria that causes gum disease has long been tied to an increased risk of other complex and sometimes life-threatening systemic health concerns. Periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Gum disease is also detrimental to patient’s oral health and left untreated often causes excessive tooth decay, tooth loss, and even bone deterioration.

The best way to combat the domino effects of gum disease is with preventative dental care. Frequent dentist office visits for professional cleanings and thorough and consistent at home oral hygiene are the best ways to keep plaque (that causes bacterial growth) under control. Our Philadelphia dentist office offers a variety of dental procedures for the treatment of gum disease.

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If you believe you are experiencing signs of gum disease, be sure to contact Dr. Doray’s dentist office to schedule a consultation. Early diagnosis and intervention can keep gum disease from causing complex health concerns such as rheumatoid arthritis.

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