Is There a Connection between Gum Disease and RA?

Monday, December 5, 2016

At Lechner Dental Group in Delaware, Ohio, we believe in taking excellent care of our patients’ teeth and mouth. However, we do not believe that this is enough, and love providing our patients with education outside of the office to help them achieve a healthier mouth. Over the course of visits and blog posts, chances are, you know a ton about periodontal disease (gum disease), the causes of periodontal disease, its signs and symptoms, its side effects, and some of your best options for treatment.  Deep Cleaning  

As we continue to educate our patients, we want to let them know about a recent study that took place at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) near downtown Cleveland. The study showed a connection between periodontal disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA). The study conducted at CWRU involved the participation of 40 people. These people were split up into 2 groups: A group who would receive deep cleanings and a group who would not. As the study advanced, in just a month and a half, it was found that the group of people who received deep cleanings were experiencing less pain and swelling in their joints in comparison to those who did not receive deep cleanings. The reason believed for this, is that the bacteria in your mouth which causes periodontal disease, also leads to the progression of RA. While not a guarantee, a deep cleaning could help those suffering from RA.   

If you struggle with periodontal disease or rheumatoid arthritis, and are searching for some relief, feel free to contact us today to set up an appointment with Dr. Lechner at his office in Delaware, OH.

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