Sunday, June 14, 2009

From WebMD - Treating Periodontal Disease May Help Rheumatoid Arthritis

According to a recent article appearing on WebMD, “It was exciting to find that if we eliminated the infection and inflammation in the gums, then patients with a severe kind of active rheumatoid arthritis reported improvement on the signs and symptoms of that disease,” says Nabil Bissada, DDS, chairman of the department of periodontics at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine. “It gives us new intervention.”

The study by Bissada and colleagues is published in the Journal of Periodontology.

The study was done with 40 subjects who had rheumatoid arthritis (moderate to severe) and periodontal disease that was classified as severe.

While one study is not a reason to make wholesale changes in the way we think, it is one more piece of the puzzle between the potential links between periodontal disease and other systemic health problems that have been and continue to be explored by researchers.

To read the complete article at WebMD, click here.

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