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The Connection Between Gum Disease and Arthritis

Posted Aug 21 2009 12:39pm
Not everyone is aware that gum disease can increase the risk of arthritis. However, it is in fact well accepted that inflammation and infection, also known as pyorrhea or gingivitis can increase the risk of heart problems by three hundred percent. It also increases the risks of stroke, cancer, respiratory disease, kidney disease, low birth rate in babies and arthritis.

An Australian study published in the Journal of Periodontology discovered that inflamed joints and missing teeth go hand in hand.

The study involved one hundred and thirty people. The sixty five who had rheumatoid arthritis averaged 11.6 missing teeth in contrast to the control group who averaged 6.7 and they were found to be more likely to have periodontal disease with moderate to severe jawbone loss.

Gum disease is contagious and deadly. Millions of bacteria and bugs breed in plaque even when you brush and floss daily. It’s a war going on in your mouth that you are probably losing and germs can migrate into your bloodstream.

Rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal disease have similar pathologies and chronic inflammation and a weak immune system are central to both diseases.As over eight-five percent of Americans have gum disease and the medical profession doesn't take this matter as seriously as inflammation in any other part of the body, it really is a good idea to see your dentist.
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