Bad Teeth= Bad RA


Mary Ann Moon writing in Rheumatology News  described a study comparing 31 patients with new-onset rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 34 patients with chronic RA, and 18 healthy controls.The study examined the relationship between bad dentition and rheumatoid arthritis.bad-teeth

The upshot?

The prevalence of severe periodontal disease was 75 % in patients with new-onset RA… just as much as the prevalence with long-standing RA and much higher than the prevalence in healthy controls (39%). The culprit?

Porphyromonas species bacteria.

The association between periodontal disease and RA has been written about a lot. This should be added to genetics and smoking as big risk factors for RA.

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