Local inflammation on the surface of the mucous membranes, in the case of the gums, by systemic autoimmunity to rheumatoid arthritis.

Periodontitis or ‘gum disease’, known as pyorrhea, is a condition primarily characterized by inflammation and bleeding of the gums. Periodontitis, in addition to causing the destruction of the bone mass that supports the teeth and can cause tooth loss, is associated with an increased risk of very serious and life-threatening diseases, especially cardiovascular and various types of cancer. And also rheumatoid arthritis. In fact, several studies have suggested that periodontitis actually triggers the onset of rheumatoid arthritis. But is there really a ’cause and effect’ relationship between gum disease and arthritis? According to a study by researchers at the University of Leeds Biomedical Research Center (UK), it seems so.

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