Gum Disease and Arthritis: A New Link
Researchers have been aware of the link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) since the early 1900s, but the cause and effect relationship was unclear until recently when Maximilian Konig MD discovered more links between the diseases. He stated he had never been so close to uncovering the cause of RA, which can potentially lead to a cure or more effective treatment to combat the disease.
RA is an autoimmune response that attacks the joints leading to debilitating pain and reduced mobility. Until recently, research focused on a common bacteria strain. When that resulted in more questions, however, the researchers took one step further and identified a protein they believe triggers the disease when it reaches hyperactivity caused by bacteria found in both periodontal disease and diseased joints.
This means that avoiding gum disease consistently throughout your lifetime can decrease the likelihood of developing RA, along with a host of other health conditions.
Healthy Smile – Healthy Body
It seems that with each passing year, research uncovers more links between gum disease and heart disease, diabetes, lung problems, and even low birth weight babies. That is why we prioritize gum health as part of our preventive dentistry treatment. We not only want you to have a healthy smile, but also a healthy body.
We approach gum disease on a patient-by-patient basis, recommending the type of care that will restore your oral health efficiently and effectively. We offer advanced dental cleanings designed to remove bacteria from the gums and promote healing and organize a preventive dental routine to help you stay on track. We do all of this with patient comfort in mind.
We also work closely with our patients, educating them to get the most out of their home care and to avoid gum disease flare-ups.
If you are looking for the best Vallejo, CA dentists, you have come to the right place. We will work with you to help you achieve your healthiest, most beautiful smile possible.