If you think your oral health is just about your teeth, you may be surprised to know that what happens in your mouth has a direct impact on your overall health and well-being. Numerous studies have concluded that the presence of chronic gum infections can contribute to heart and lung disease, diabetes, dementia, and low birthweight babies.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Gum Disease
Now, research shows that we can add rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to that list. While RA is an autoimmune disease, scientists have long been interested in its relationships to bacterial infections, gum disease in particular.
Recently, a study tested 196 RA patients who have gum disease, and the results were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. It was found that the bacterium Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa) is the common denominator between periodontal disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
While more research needs to be done to identify the role that this bacterium plays in the development of RA, we do know that now there’s one more reason to keep your mouth healthy and free of disease.
Periodontal Treatment in Vienna, VA
At Tysons Dentistry, we provide you with the tools you need to keep your smile healthy. But we understand that life gets busy, so you skip a few dental appointments, and suddenly you’re dealing with the symptoms of gum disease.
If you do develop a periodontal infection, our goal isn’t to lecture you about past habits but provide the treatment you need to restore the health of your gums. Dr. Sanati and Dr. Shahram will also talk to you about why gum disease developed in the first place, and make recommendations for improving your oral health habits to prevent a recurrence.
If it’s time for your next exam and cleaning, please call Tysons Dentistry to arrange an appointment at your convenience.