Why You Should Take Care of Your Teeth if You Have a Predisposition to Arthritis

Anyone with a higher likeness of developing rheumatoid arthritis might want to ensure they’re extra diligent with their flossing. Studies have shown a link between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontal (gum) disease, and that patients who have one of the conditions often times develop the other as well.

Both conditions have to do with inflammation in the body (with women being more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than men). The culprit that binds both conditions together is a type of bacteria found in both the mouth and the fluid surrounding the kneecap (called synovial fluid). The enzyme secreted by the bacteria found in the mouth enters the bloodstream and then settles in the fluid (which can then lead to the onset of arthritis).

The main way to prevent this bacteria from colonizing in your mouth is to be proactive. Take good care of your teeth and maintain positive oral health routines: floss and brush regularly and keep up with your dental check ups.

Some other things you can do are:

1) Increase your fatty acid intake with omega fish oil supplements (which help reduce inflammation),

2) Completely cut out smoking, and

3) Make sure you’re at a healthy weight for your body type.

If you’d rather boost your fatty acid intake naturally, here are some foods you can incorporate into your diet more often:

  • fish (like salmon and tuna),

  • eggs

  • peanut butter.

Here are some additional sources for more information:

 

http://www.dailyrx.com/periodontal-disease-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-may-be-linked

http://www.livescience.com/21176-gum-disease-and-knee-arthritis.html

http://www.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/comorbidities/gum-disease/ra-and-gum-disease.php

http://www.everydayhealth.com/rheumatoid-arthritis/the-link-between-gum-disease-and-rheumatoid-arthritis.aspx