Periodontal Health and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disease of the joints that can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in pain and disability in affected areas. It has been shown that those with rheumatoid arthritis are twice as likely to have periodontal disease with moderate to severe jawbone loss, and more missing teeth, than those without rheumatoid arthritis.

It is suggested that the immune system and chronic inflammation play a role in both diseases.

As well, treating severe gum disease may alleviate some of the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis in people suffering from both conditions. It has be shown to be more effective at reducing symptoms of RA than current medications used to control the disease. That is why we work in a team with a patient’s physicians when treating patients with RA.