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Oral Systemic Link connects Mouth Bacteria to Knee Aggravations!

Knee arthritis and the oral systemic linkRemember the bacteria on your teeth that dentists continue to warn you about? There’s an Oral Systemic Link showing it can not only cause cavities and tooth loss but profound health issues! What sort of illnesses?

Published in the Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, a study revealed that nearly genetically identical bacteria had been found in the knees of people with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis as was in their mouths. What does this mean? That harmful oral bacterium had managed to enter from their mouth into their bloodstream and travel until relocating in the synovial fluid of weakened knee joints! Should you be concerned?

Nabil Bissada, chairman of the department of periodontics at the Case Western School of Dental Medicine states: “Bacteria can make (a) diseased area much, much worse.” He recommends that people with osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis be examined for periodontitis and treated accordingly.

The link between oral health and overall health began with a discovery that an accumulation of plaque in arteries was exacerbated when contacted by the bacteria found on teeth. Also, inflamed heart valves were found to become irritated by the same bacterium that was found in gum tissue. The bottom line is, unchecked harmful bacteria in your mouth can migrate to weakened areas of your body and wreak greater havoc on your health.

At Smile for Life Dental Dr. Lodding helps in the detection and prevention of such dangerous transferences discovered by the Oral Systemic Link. Protect your health by arranging an appointment today!