Brian Davey DDS

The Link Between Inflammatory Diseases and Gum Disease

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Inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, can have a significant impact on oral health. A recent study published in the Journal of Periodontology found that people with inflammatory diseases are more likely to have periodontal (gum) disease and tooth loss compared to those without these conditions.

Periodontal disease is an infection of the tissues that surround and support the teeth. It is caused by bacteria that build up in the mouth, leading to inflammation and the destruction of the gums, teeth, and supporting bone. If left untreated, periodontal disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems.

The study, which was conducted by researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry, involved analyzing data from over 1,300 people with inflammatory diseases and a control group of over 1,300 people without these conditions. The researchers found that people with inflammatory diseases were nearly twice as likely to have periodontal disease and three times more likely to have tooth loss.

The link between inflammatory diseases and oral health problems is not fully understood, but it is thought that the chronic inflammation associated with these conditions may contribute to the development of periodontal disease. Additionally, people with inflammatory diseases may be more prone to infection and may have a harder time fighting off bacteria in the mouth.

It is important for people with inflammatory diseases to take good care of their oral health to prevent these problems. This includes brushing regularly, using fluoride toothpaste, and seeing a dentist regularly. It is also important for people with inflammatory diseases to let their dentist know about their condition so that they can be monitored for any potential oral health issues.

Inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and lupus, can have a significant impact on oral health. A recent study found that people with these conditions are more likely to have periodontal disease and tooth loss compared to those without these conditions. It is important for people with inflammatory diseases to take good care of their oral health and to inform their dentist about their condition to help prevent these problems.