Gum Disease can lead to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Scientists at Johns Hopkins report they have new evidence that a common bacteria found in chronic gum disease can trigger an inflammatory autoimmune response that leads to rheumatoid arthritis.  This bacteria triggers a protein which activates the immune system to drive a cascade of events leading to rheumatoid arthritis. Gum disease is found in a high percentage of patients, especially over age 45.  It is important to see your dentist, so you can have a proper diagnosis and treatment to prevent tooth and bone loss, and other inflammatory diseases.