Study: Researchers Find a Link between Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Can the health of your gums actually impact your general health?
Since the early 1900s, scientists have known that a connection exists between gum disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). But it’s only recently that they have identified the bacterium that is the common factor between the two.
A Common Denominator
A study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine found that the bacterium Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) was present in about half of the 196 RA patients tested. Researchers concluded that Aa appears to be a significant player in the production of antibodies present in patients who are susceptible to RA.
These findings are in line with what we know about gum disease and its relationship to your overall health and well-being. While researchers continue to investigate this connection and what it means to you, there are some things you can do to help protect yourself from RA and other health disorders.
Steps You Can take to Protect Your Health
Sound oral hygiene and preventive visits to your dentist for exams and cleanings are essential for everyone. If you aren’t confident that you’re brushing and flossing correctly, ask your dentist or hygienist for a quick refresher on proper techniques.
Diet and nutrition are also important aspects of your oral health that shouldn’t be overlooked. Knowing which foods to choose (fruits and vegetables) and which to avoid (sugary or acidic drinks) can go a long way toward keeping your teeth healthy and free of disease.
We Care about Your Well-Being
At Sabino Hills Family Dentistry, your overall health and well-being are of the utmost importance. If you think you need gum disease treatment in Tucson, please call our office to arrange an appointment.
Dr. Michael Allen will evaluate your situation, make treatment recommendations, and help you get your oral health back on track.