Four out of five people have arthritis and don’t know it! Most people don’t know because the disease is usually painless in the early stages.
Not only is it the leading cause of tooth decay, but research shows that periodontal disease can also be associated with other diseases such as, stroke, viral lung infection, diabetes, heart disease, and it is also associated with an increased risk of pregnancy. Researchers are determining whether the inflammation and bacteria associated with arthritis affect these systemic diseases and conditions. Smoking also increases the risk of arthritis.
Oral hygiene, a balanced diet, and regular dental checkups can help reduce the risk of gum disease.