Oral Bacteria & RA

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder that causes widespread inflammation throughout the body’s joints. So what does it have to do with your oral health? According to recent research, plenty. Like rheumatoid arthritis, periodontal disease involves inflammation, not just in the mouth and gums, but systemically. Bacteria associated with gum disease enter the bloodstream through small sores in the gums, traveling to other areas of the body, where they can trigger inflammation or exacerbate existing inflammatory processes, including the inflammation caused by rheumatoid arthritis.

Inflammation is a byproduct of the body’s immune response, and in some instances, it can be a sign the body is doing what it should to fight off foreign invaders like harmful bacteria. But when inflammation becomes chronic ― that is, persistent and ongoing ― the immune system can become “unbalanced,” triggering a host of negative health effects throughout the body.

The Link Between Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Previous investigations into this complex relationship have concluded that individuals with periodontal disease are more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis than those with healthy mouths, and rheumatoid arthritis patients are two times more likely to have periodontal disease. What is more, treating one disease appears to lessen the symptoms of the other.

A study published recently in Science Translational Medicine provided even more evidence for the interrelationship between these two conditions. In that study, researchers from Johns Hopkins University found a bacteria associated with periodontal disease ― Aggregatibacter Actinomycetemcomitans (or Aa) ― acted as a “trigger” for activating the aberrant immune response in RA patients. In essence, the study suggests a bacterium associated with periodontal disease actually triggers or influences RA immune dysfunction.

Aa isn’t the only gum disease pathogen that’s been linked with RA. Other studies have found an association between RA and Porphyromonas gingivalis, an aggressive bacterium common in people with gum disease.

Oral DNA Testing Makes It Easy to Protect Your Health

Large populations of harmful and aggressive oral bacteria can be present before any symptoms of gum disease appear, which means you could be at risk for chronic inflammation ― or even be experiencing it ― without knowing it. Oral DNA testing uses a sample of your saliva to look for several types of bacteria associated with gum disease and systemic inflammation, then uses those results to develop a custom treatment plan as needed.

Oral DNA testing is simple, fast and painless, and sample collection takes just a few moments. Protect your body and your health with an oral DNA test by calling our office today at 212-564-6686.

You Might Also Enjoy...

PD & Inflammation

For years, oral health problems were thought to exist on their own, affecting the teeth, gums and, in severe cases, jawbones, but never encroaching on the rest of the body.

Metal-Free Restorations

We use the highest quality, all-porcelain crowns. Your veneers are manufactured by in high-end, private laboratories.

OralDNA Testing

This test not only detects the presence of bacteria in patient’s mouth, which cause periodontal disease, but also identifies specific bacterial species being involved and their quantities.

Oral-Systemic Connection

We all heard of “gum disease”. Today, in our electronic and informative world, we can “Google” hundreds of references on any subject with a click of a key. But then you have to figure out on your own what information is correct and what is wrong.

Oral Bacteria & Infertility

Did you know the health of your teeth and gums could have an impact on your ability to conceive? It’s true; research has shown the bacteria that cause periodontal disease can spread throughout the body, causing widespread inflammation, which, in turn, can