Keep Teeth Clean to Ward Off Arthritis Risk
Researchers from the University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry in Kentucky claim that brushing your teeth well could help prevent arthritis.
Researchers claim to have found a link between the bacterium ‘Porphyromonas Gingivalis’ responsible for gum disease and earlier onset of rheumatoid arthritis. Moreover, the bacterium is also responsible for the fast staging of the condition.
It was found that bacterium produces an enzyme which reacts with the residue of certain proteins. Body recognises these proteins as intruders, leading to an immune attack. In arthritis patients, the subsequent result is chronic inflammation responsible for bone and cartilage destruction within the joints.
Earlier, studies had pointed that gum disease are more prevalent in rheumatoid arthritis patients. There was another research that claimed that a P. gingivalis infection in the mouth will precede rheumatoid arthritis and the bacterium is the likely culprit for onset of the autoimmune inflammatory responses.
(Source: Daily Mail)
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Feb 24, 2014
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