The Link Between Gum Disease and Arthritis

Thursday, October 25th, 2012, 7:17 pm

Gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis are both the result of inflammatory responses in the human body and a new study shows it may be possible to treat gum disease and severe arthritis simultaneously.The link between gum disease and arthritis is explored by Wilbanks Smile Center.

A researcher at the University of Adelaide in Australia induced gum disease and arthritis in mice. It was observed that the animals with gum disease had much worse arthritis. The mice who had only gum disease also experienced signs of bone loss in their joints and the mice with only arthritis showed signs of bone loss in their jaws. Researcher Melissa Cantley said “So not only did gum disease influence the joint tissue, but arthritis also influenced the tissue in the mouth.” She and her colleagues are now researching whether treating gum disease with certain anti-inflammatory compounds can also reduce the symptoms of arthritis.

Our bodies are incredibly complex systems and no part of the body “stands alone”. Gum disease affects more than 60% of the world’s population and even in the US, many people ignore the condition. The bacteria associated from gum disease has been found to be able to travel throughout the body and has been linked to many serious health problems.

If you experience puffy, red gums or if your gums bleed when you brush your teeth or when you floss you may be experiencing the early signs of gum disease. Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at  706-886-9439 to schedule your next visit.

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