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How is poor oral health tied to infection in your body?

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Research has found an association between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints. Experts say the mechanism of the destruction of connective tissues in both gum disease and RA is similar.

Eating a balanced diet, seeing your dentist regularly, and maintaining good oral hygiene helps lower your chances of tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure you brush twice a day and floss and use an antiseptic mouthwash once a day.

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

SOURCES: 

Sally Cram, DDS, periodontist, Washington, D.C., and consumer advisor, America Dental Association. 

National Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Coalition.  

American Academy of Periodontology.

American Academy of Periodontology: "Gum Disease and Diabetes."

American Dental Association: "Healthy mouth, healthy body."

Noble, J. , May 5, 2009, online. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry

El-Solh, A. November 2004. Chest,

Smolik, I. May 2009. Compendium of Continuing Education in Dentistry,

Offenbacher, S. October 1996. Journal of Periodontology,

Reviewed by Michael Friedman on July 31, 2017

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