Rheumatoid arthritis, effects on mouth health

Rheumatoid arthritis, effects on mouth health

Rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis are closely linked. According to scholars, in fact, there is a link between inflammation and mouth health

There is a very strong link between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis. Numerous scientific studies reveal that the two diseases are often the cause of the other.

Dental hygiene is in fact fundamental not only to safeguard the well-being of gums and teeth, but also that of the whole body. The inflammation of the oral cavity with time can spread into the body, reaching the other organs and compromising its functionality. Scientific studies have shown the existence of a connection especially between the teeth and the joints.

A form of prevention from rheumatoid arthritis is to undergo at least once a year the cleaning of teeth to eliminate tartar. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and deformation leading to progressive loss of joint function. It is a highly debilitating pathology whose causes are still unknown.

For experts, however, there may be a link with periodontitis. In fact, in both diseases inflammation is caused by a bacterium: Prophyromonas gengivalis. According to scholars, this bacterium, if left untreated, can trigger an inflammatory process that involves the whole organism and can have very serious consequences.

In Italy, thousands of people suffer from rheumatoid arthritis. This pathology depends for 50% of cases on genetic factors and 50% on environmental causes. To date there is no definitive cure, but patients are subjected to therapies to stem the symptoms, which are often rather debilitating. Rheumatoid arthritis in fact causes pain, swelling and stiffness in the joints. Sufferers experience a widespread sensation of tiredness and body stiffness, accompanied by fever.

The areas most affected are the elbows, the neck, the shoulders, the wrists, the fingers, the knees and the femur. Over time, the disease causes deformations and more and more intense pain, up to the complete loss of joint function.

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