Oral Bacteria and link to Rheumatoid Arthritis: Phoenix Dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox

Glendale Dentist Serving Phoenix, Scottsdale, Peoria, and nearby areas in Arizona

Recent research from John Hopkins University School of Medicine has shown a bacterium that causes inflammatory gum infections also triggers the inflammatory autoimmune response characteristic of chronic, joint-destroying rheumatoid arthritis (RA).  These findings have significant implications for the prevention and treatment of RA, and add to the mounting evidence that controlling oral bacteria levels is critical not only to oral health but systemic health as well.

"This research may be the closest we've come to uncovering the root cause of RA," said firtst author Maximilian Konig, MD.  The study was puclished by Science Translational Medicine.  At our Glendale dental office our professional hygiene staff is well versed in the oral systemic connection and offer innovative non-surgical solutions such as Perio Protect Trays. For the finest in preventive dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and implant dentistry in Glendale and Phoenix, visit www.DesertSmiles.com for more information.