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National Arthritis Awareness Month

By: | Tags: , , , , , | Comments: 0 | May 12th, 2016

unnamedMay is also National Arthritis Awareness Month. According to the Arthritis Foundation, “over 50 million Americans have arthritis, making it the number one cause of disability in the country.” This number continues to increase every year, along with the number of people being diagnosed with periodontal disease.

Studies have shown that “individuals with periodontal disease are more likely to have rheumatoid arthritis than those with healthy mouths, and rheumatoid arthritis patients are two times more likely to have periodontal disease.” This hand-in-hand relationship is important to be aware of. While rheumatoid arthritis has other causes that are not always preventable, such as your gender, age and family history, performing proper oral hygiene routines can help decrease your risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.

Continue reading about the correlation between periodontal disease and arthritis here!