An interesting link between periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis has been recently published in the International Journal of General Medicine. Researcher Mesut Ogrendik found a statistically significant association between types of bacteria found in patients with periodontal disease and bacteria found in the fluids of joints in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Stopping short of stating that periodontal disease causes RA, the study states that DNA evidence shows that periodontal "bugs" could be implicated in the development of RA. He states,"In other words, it does not mean that the individuals with RA should have periodontitis also. Therefore, the above results indicate that periodontopathic bacteria are responsible for the etiopathogenesis of RA in a genetically susceptible host".
The signicance of this finding is that it may give caregivers a better vision on how to treat this disease.
It might also give new importance to regular dental care.