Periodondal Pathogens can Trigger Rheumatoid Arthritis: Phoenix Dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox

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

Through our oral salivary testing program at DesertSmiles, our professional hygiene staff can test for specific levels and presence of various oral bacteria.  A recent study shows the periodontal pathogen A.a. as a candidate bacterial trigger of autoimmunity in Rheumatoid Arthritis.  We can now test your mouth for presence of oral bacteria that may be causing gum disease but also for this specific bacteria if you have symptoms or have been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Interestingly the tissue destructive process in periodonal disease and RA are very similar.  The immunological and pathological processes occuring are nearly identical.  Both are characterized by a chronic inflammation in a soft tissue site adjacent to bone.

For the finest in non surgical periodontal therapy and oral salivary testing contact and meet with one of our highly trained dental hygienists for a complete evaluation.  Patients with gum disease from Phoenix and Glendale are seeing life changing results.