Gum Health and Arthritis: A Surprising Connection
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland say that the effects of gum disease don't end in the mouth. Believe it or not, taking care of your gum disease can help alleviate arthritis pain in completely different areas of your body.
Of course, it's long been known that gum disease is linked to heart disease, but the idea of a link with arthritis is somewhat new. Dr. Nabil Bissada told 6abc.com in Philadephia, PA that the reason for the link is "systemic inflammation."
Gum disease leads to inflammation of the gums, and of course arthritis leads to joint inflammation. It turns out that reducing inflammation in one part of the body can have a positive effect for other areas of the body as well.
This video report from 6abc.com has more: