After a long day at work, all you want to do is kick back in front of the TV or get some much-needed sleep—tooth brushing be damned. However, if you think toothache is the only problem you’ll get by forgoing this vital oral care regimen, you might want to guess again. According to this article from The Daily Mail, skip brushing your teeth long enough and you might develop achy joints as well:
Brushing your teeth well could help prevent arthritis, scientists claim.
Researchers found a link between the bacterium responsible for gum disease and earlier onset of rheumatoid arthritis, as well as faster progression and greater severity of the condition.
The bacterium produces an enzyme which reacts with the residue of certain proteins.
The body recognises these proteins as intruders, leading to an immune attack, the researchers from the University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry in Kentucky said.
In arthritis patients, the subsequent result is chronic inflammation responsible for bone and cartilage destruction within the joints.
Previous studies have indicated that gum disease is at least two times more prevalent in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
The bacterium, Porphyromonas gingivalis, produces a unique enzyme, peptidylarginine deiminanse (PAD).
They discovered that PAD changes residues of certain proteins into citrulline, and the body recognises these proteins as intruders, leading to an immune attack.
As you can see, the teeth have far-reaching effects on a person’s overall health, and they are not just limited to the early onset of rheumatoid arthritis. Other studies also show that inflammation in the gums can hamper the body’s ability to control blood sugar, which complicates matters for people with diabetes. Poor oral hygiene has also been linked to heart disease—according to research, 91% of people with heart disease also have periodontitis or gum inflammation.
If poor oral hygiene is doing a number on your health, it really pays to visit a dentist in Philadelphia that understands the importance of holistic dentistry. Basically, holistic dentistry recognizes that problems in your teeth may be symptoms of broader health issues, and tooth problems, in turn, can affect your general health. Holistic dentists also ensure that when they address tooth problems, they use only bio-compatible materials for fillings, crowns, etc. that will not adversely affect a patient’s body.
If you want to improve your oral and overall health today, you can visit leading Philadelphia dentist Dr. Gerald Regni to avail of his special offer on complete biological exams. After all, the healthier your teeth are, the healthier your body will be too.
(Clean teeth can hold off arthritis: Scientists discover link between gum disease bacteria and early onset of the condition, DailyMail.co.uk, February 24, 2014)