Possible Link Between Periodontal Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

added on: November 5, 2010

People with periodontal disease and a severe form of  rheumatoid arthritis experienced reduced arthritic pain and a reduced number of swollen joints and degree of morning stiffness when their dental problems were  resolved, according to a study published in the April issue of Journal of Periodontology. Patients who received  periodontal treatment experienced improvement in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms once the infection and inflammation in the gums was eliminated. Rheumatologists should encourage their patients to be aware of the link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis.  Bacteria in your mouth can effect other areas of your body.

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