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February 22, 2017

A recent study in Science Translational Medicine has found that gum disease-causing bacteria may also trigger inflammation in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The accumulation of mouth bacteria not only affects your oral health, but also your joint health. This may be the closest any research has come to uncovering the root cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the joints as opposed to attacking foreign substances like bacteria and viruses for the benefit of its health. This causes inflammation, swelling, pain, and stiffness, which typically begins with the small joints of the hands and feet. If inflammation goes unchecked, it can damage cartilage and bones in the body. According to, about 1.5 million people in the United States have RA and nearly three times as many women have the disease as men.

Not everyone with gum disease develops rheumatoid arthritis, and not everyone with rheumatoid arthritis has had previous gum disease. However, the research findings provide a better understanding of autoimmune disease causes, which currently have no definitive cause. Treat your teeth to the best of your ability. In order to upkeep your healthy smile and divert gum disease, continue brushing your teeth, flossing, and rinsing regularly.

Call our office to schedule an appointment with Dr. Bruce Silva today. Call us at (512) 605-0860. You may also make an appointment online.

February 25, 2016


Gum disease is pervasive in our country, no matter who you ask. Government studies tell us that fifty percent of American adults suffer from some form of gum disease, but many dentists who see patients on a daily basis, say that number is too low, and some claim it’s really up to ninety percent of their patients who suffer from the condition.

If adults are suffering from gum disease, it’s due to the way they take care of their teeth and gums. You can only imagine that they are teaching their children the same poor habits and that many children will begin to experience the same symptoms.

One thing most people don’t realize is that gum disease is a communicable disease. Germs infect our mouths and it’s up to us to fight them. Bugs invade our oral health through what we call “The Three Ps”:

  • Parents: Parents need to teach their children the right way to take care of their teeth and help them until are able to sufficiently do it themselves. Parents should also watch young children and toddlers as they tend to put their hands in their mouths often.  They can easily pick up a germ that can start them on the road to gum disease.
  • Partners: Kissing will obviously cause the spread of germs from mouth to mouth. Recent studies show that 65% of fifteen year olds have gum disease. Keep an eye on your teenagers and make sure they are practicing good dental health habits.
  • Pets: It’s a myth that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s! Don’t let pets lick you in or around the mouth, and keep their mouths away from your kids’ mouths. Your pet’s mouth is full of germs!

Good oral health habits start at home. Make sure you are setting a good example for your children, no matter what their age. And be vigilant in getting them in for their regular dental checkup twice a year. We look forward to seeing you and helping you fight the good fight for your entire family!


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