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The Oral-Systemic Link: Scientists Link Gum Disease to Rheumatoid Arthritis

January 17, 2017
Posted By: Kaya Aygen, D.M.D.
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More and more information is coming to light about the connection between periodontal health and overall health and well-being, and researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine have recently discovered another link.

They've pinpointed a common bacteria that is present in the inflammation that causes both periodontal (gum) disease and chronic rheumatoid arthritis, or RA. Rheumatoid arthritis is a painful and debilitating disease that eventually destroys your joints. It seems that the oral systemic connection runs deeper, and your Sarasota dentist has information on the best ways to combat gum disease and, in turn, RA and other serious health concerns.

Regular Dental Visits

Dr. Kaya Aygen recommends that his patients visit every six months, or twice per year. This is because we screen for issues such as gum disease, oral cancer, and tooth decay during these appointments, and we can actually detect them much earlier than you can. This ensures that if you encounter periodontal disease, we're able to manage it much more successfully with less invasive treatment early on.

During your routine six-month cleaning, our hygienists will also remove the excessive plaque build-up that causes gum disease and tooth decay. They'll also show you how to brush and floss properly to ensure that you're making the most of your home care routine. Optimum oral health is also achieved at home.

Excellent Home Care

Taking care of your teeth at home is a huge part of preventing oral health issues. We recommend that you brush for at least two minutes twice per day using proper techniques.

Flossing should be done at least once per day to remove that plaque that builds up in between your teeth. Using an antibacterial mouth rinse may be beneficial for some patients for added protection against the acids that cause tooth decay, and Dr. Aygen can discuss which rinse might best suit your needs.

Contact Sarasota Dental Arts

We're here to be your partners in achieving and maintaining optimum oral health. Being proactive about your oral health means that you're also taking care of your overall health and well-being. Give us a call today to schedule.

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