November 15, 2017 | Uncategorized,

Gum Disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis May Have Common Origins

Good oral hygiene is essential for people with RA.

By Maureen Donohue, Contributor |May 17, 2017, at 10:16 a.m.

It is critical for people with rheumatoid arthritis to visit their dentist regularly. (Getty Images)

Take care of your teeth and they’ll take care of you.

The origins of this adage are unknown, but modern research has confirmed that oral health and systemic disease often go hand in hand, something physicians have suspected for more than 3,000 years. Hippocrates, the ancient Greek physician who is widely credited as the father of modern western medicine, advocated pulling teeth to cure arthritis.

Although dentistry is more advanced today than it was in ancient Greece, Hippocrates may have been on to something, especially with regard to rheumatoid arthritis…..