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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Why is gum disease more common in people with rheumatoid arthritis?

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    Jaffar Dental - Trusted and Established since 1997. We are a family owned General Dental Practice offering a friendly and caring environment in Waterford QLD. … View Profile

    Arthritic changes can affect the immune system. Once the immune system is compromised, the reaction of the gums to bacteria can be more sensitive.

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    Dr. Shaibani is the principal dentist at Carrara Dental Practice. His practice covers all aspects dentistry from simple to most complex dental rehabilitation cases.He is … View Profile

    It should be noted that Rheumatoid Artheritis is different condition to Osteoartheritis (Artheritis).
    In patients with Rheumatoid we see, in general, connective tissue degradation and periodontal tissue is one of them. 

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    Dr Irwin Lim

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    Irwin completed his Rheumatology training in 2003. The majority of his time is spent treating inflammatory arthritis and in particular rheumatoid arthritis and the spondyloarthritis. … View Profile

    Actually, this is a very interesting question and it is a chicken & egg situation.

    There is increasing evidence that periodontitis is associated with rheumatoid arthritis. In addition, a poor periodontal state leads to more difficult to control disease. Improving/treating periodontitis may help control rheumatoid arthritis.

    So, periodontitis is actually being considered as a possible environmental factor leading to the development of rheumatoid arthritis.

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