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May is Arthritis Awareness Month – Tips for gum disease and oral health care

May 10, 2012

According to Arthritis Today, one of the best weapons against the swollen, painful joints that characterize rheumatoid arthritis (RA) may just be the dentist’s chair.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, split 40 people with severe RA into two groups: One was given a “deep” nonsurgical dental cleaning, in which bacteria are scraped from the root surface and from under the gum line and tartar is removed from the teeth. The other group got instructions from a dentist about how to keep their teeth clean at home.

Within six weeks, the group that had the professional cleaning had significantly less pain and morning stiffness and fewer swollen and painful joints than the group that cleaned their teeth at home. Even more impressive, researchers found that the deep cleaning actually decreased levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha, an inflammatory protein in the blood that triggers inflammation. 

Regular visits to a periodontist , such as Dr. James Orban at Aesthetic Dentistry by Design, can provide advanced periodontal treatment can help keep periodontal disease under control, and perhaps minimize some of the symptoms of arthritis as well. 

Additionally, arthritis patients who have difficulty taking care of their oral health, power toothbrushes and an AirFloss have proven to be extremely helpful for arthritis sufferers with limited manual dexterity. 

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design provides the

Additionally, Sonicare AirFloss cleans the entire mouth in just 60 seconds and is far easier to use than regular floss.

Aesthetic Dentistry by Design is located in Colorado Springs.

Please call 719-599-0700 for your periodontal appointment.

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