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Periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis: How are they related?

from Rheumatology Advisor

Periodontal disease is a multifactorial chronic inflammatory disorder that progresses beyond an initial stage of gingivitis to a chronic inflammatory process, causing destruction of the alveolar bone and periodontal connective tissue, and ultimately resulting in tooth loss. Epidemiologic and case-control studies have provided evidence that individuals with PD are at significantly greater risk for a wide variety of systemic diseases, including gastrointestinal and pancreatic cancers, type two diabetes, cardiovascular disease and inflammatory rheumatologic diseases, particularly rheumatoid arthritis. more

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