Most of us associate arthritis with painful, inflamed joints that make performing daily tasks challenging. However, it can also affect the mouth in an unanticipated way.
The symptoms of arthritis might vary by type, however they can include swollen, sore, stiff, or inflammatory joints. Additionally, it may result in muscular atrophy and weakness. But a specialist has described how it might affect other parts of the body.
"Auto-immune disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis, occur when a portion of your body is attacked by your immune system.
Gum disease is more than twice as likely to occur in those with this type of arthritis.
The actual cause of the connection is unknown, however Dr. Jarvis suggested that there may be a number of causes.
Gum disease is twice as likely to occur in those with arthritis. (Photo via Getty Images)
These include gum disease-related inflammation that can spread and raise the risk of autoimmune illness.
Or psoriatic arthritis, which causes inflammation of the bone that holds teeth in place.
Oral hygiene difficulties caused by hand joint issues could potentially be a contributing factor.
"Oral hygiene is even more crucial for persons with these disorders due to the link between oral health and heart disease and the fact that people with rheumatoid arthritis are also more prone to develop heart disease," she continued.
Dr. Jarvis offered some advice on maintaining oral health.
Good dental hygiene is the foundation of good oral health, she declared.
Without it, you run the risk of developing plaque (a film that forms when bacteria in your mouth combine with food particles) and tartar (untreated plaque that has hardened on your teeth).
These are the primary causes of both tooth decay and gum disease, including gingivitis, an inflammation of the gums, and periodontitis, a condition in which the bone supporting your teeth is destroyed.
In order to prevent gum disease, it is crucial to practice good dental hygiene. (Photo via Getty Images)
"You need to take daily care of your teeth and gums in addition to getting regular dental exams.
Although it's important to regularly brush your teeth with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, this alone won't remove plaque and food particles from between your teeth.
This implies that utilizing an interdental brush that has been expressly made for the purpose or a product similar to it on a regular basis is just as crucial.
The most prevalent kind of arthritis in the UK, affecting approximately nine million individuals, is osteoarthritis.
Information on arthritis (Image: Express.co.uk)
The smooth cartilage lining of the joint is initially put at risk, which makes movement more difficult and causes discomfort and stiffness.
It primarily affects the hands, knees, spine, and hip joints.
Rheumatoid arthritis, which develops when the immune system of the body targets the damaged joints, is the second most prevalent type of arthritis.
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