July is Juvenile Arthritis Awareness Month. As we discussed in May, studies have shown that there is a direct correlation between periodontal disease and the progression of arthritis. Continued research is showing that “An oral pathogen that connects periodontal disease with adult rheumatoid arthritis may also influence the progression of the disease in children” (US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health).
Juvenile arthritis is an inflammatory disease that effects children under the age of 17 and is likely to stay with a child into adulthood. Adding periodontal pathogens to the mix causes an increased amount of inflammation in the body, which can migrate through joints and become detrimental to someone with arthritis.
It is extremely important to practice proper oral hygiene and nutrition in order to prevent oral pathogens from harming your body, whether you have arthritis or not. We encourage our patients, including children, to use Juice Plus+ to supplement their daily diet due to its anti-inflammatory benefits. Based on a children’s health study done by Juice Plus+, there are several benefits to using these products for children as well as adults. Additionally, children who have parents using Juice Plus+ are eligible to receive free Juice Plus+ products.
Learn more about how oral pathogens can contribute to juvenile arthritis here!