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J.J. Perkiomaki, D.M.D., P.C. September 2012 Newsletter
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Rheumatoid Arthritis Linked to Periodontal Disease
Q: What do these two conditions have in common?
A: Chronic inflammation

"The common denominator here is the inflammatory aspect of both diseases," according to President of the New Jersey Society of Periodontists Dr. Scott Zirkin. Because chronic bacterial infection is associated with periodontal disease, the system experiences an inflammatory response. The ensuing chronic inflammation not only taxes the immune system but it can destroy connective tissue and bone tissue, both teeth and joints.

So here's the good news for rheumatoid arthritis sufferers. A study in the Journal of Periodontology found that people who suffer from both periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis had fewer swollen joints and stiffness when they brought their periodontal disease under control.

"The mouth/body connection is very strong and should not be underestimated by those living with arthritis or their caregivers," says Zirkin. We would like to take that one step further and tell you that the mouth/body connection should not be underestimated by any of our patients because there are many body-related complications associated with periodontal disease, not just rheumatoid arthritis.

Arthritis sufferers may be more likely to develop periodontal disease and resolving periodontal disease can be more difficult for them. That's because arthritis can make it challenging to practice proper oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing. If you have limited manual dexterity and need help fighting or preventing periodontal disease we can help. We have methods, strategies, and tools that can make it easier for you to maintain a proper oral hygiene regime.
Did You Know? Type 2 Diabetes
Type 2 diabetes is an acquired disease, not an inherited one. Its progression can be stopped by early detection but how can you find out if you are developing it?

By going to the dentist.

Through a series of examinations and procedures, we can tell whether you have diabetes or pre-diabetes. Even better, we can tell if you don't have it. So, if you have a concern that you may be pre-diabetic, make an appointment to come in and get checked out.

Dental Health Information Available Online
The American Dental Association (ADA) has an easy-to-use website for the public called Mouth Healthy (mouthhealthy.org). You can find products that carry the ADA Seal, get food tips and nutrition information for healthy teeth, read the latest dental news, learn how to reduce your risk of cavities and more.

The site also includes a glossary, a handy A-Z list of topics and tabs with dental health information for every stage of life. Check it out!
Dr. Perkiomaki and his professional staff offer consistent, team-oriented care. This team approach extends to close relationships with specialists in orthodontics, pedodontics, oral surgery, endodontics, periodontics and other areas of expertise. We love hearing from you, send us questions or comments by clicking the "submit question" link below



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