Link Between Arthritis And Gum Disease

Posted on Nov 20, 2013 by William J. Claiborne, DDS MS

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 internal trigger that links the two diseases.

If you have RA or know someone who does, or if RA runs in your family, it’s important to achieve and maintain good oral health. Call (828) 274-9440 for an appointment. New patients are always welcome with patient comfort a priority at all times.

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