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Beyond teeth

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, and Joint Replacement

Bacteria cause cavities and gum diseases! The germs can infect joint replacements or other parts of the body, especially when resistance to infection is reduced by certain rheumatoid arthritis drugs. Infections If you are taking RA drugs like Humira, you have probably heard the advice, “tell your doctor if you have...
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Pulmonary Diseases

Cavities and gum diseases can make certain lung problems worse. Infection Germs can be inhaled into the lungs on tiny droplets of saliva. They usually don’t damage healthy lungs because our body’s natural defenses kill and remove the bacteria. In lungs that are dealing with diseases, the bacteria can intensity...
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Parkinson’s Disease

Dental cavities and gum diseases are bacterial infections that can increase the risk of Parkinson’s complications. Compared with the challenges that can come with Parkinson’s Disease, dental considerations may seem trivial, but dental disease can have a significant impact on your health and even contribute to complications. Aspiration Pneumonia The risk...
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Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis may increase the damage that gum (periodontal) disease can do to bone supporting the teeth. Osteoporosis primarily weakens bone in the hips, spine, and wrists, increasing the risk of fractures. However, the disease can also damage the bone to which teeth attach. Certain dental x-rays may actually show the...
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Organ Transplant

Cavities and gum diseases are bacterial infections. Drugs to prevent rejection of a transplant reduce our ability to fight infections. This can allow dental bacteria to spread more easily throughout the body, adding to infection risks elsewhere! To prevent complications, it is important to have excellent dental health before and...
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Multiple Sclerosis

Dental cavities and gum diseases are bacterial infections that can make your MS symptoms worse. Bacterial infections can spread more easily throughout our bodies when certain drugs used to control MS flares, such as Gilenya and Tysabri, “quiet” the immune system. Even a slight fever from infections, including dental, can...
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Lupus

Dental infections can intensify the harm caused by lupus, and lupus can contribute to oral / dental problems. It’s a harmful connection that can go both ways. When the immune system is “quieted” by drugs that control lupus, such as Benlysta and Imuran, the dental bacteria can travel more easily, spreading...
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Kidney Disease

Dental cavities and gum diseases are bacterial infections that can add to kidney disease complications and other problems. Kidney disease can lower our ability to fight infections, allowing bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease to spread more easily and harm other parts of the body. And the dental infections...
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Inflammatory Bowel Disease

Dental infections and the inflammation they cause are bad enough when they just effect the teeth. But for anyone dealing with Crohn’s or Ulcerative Colitis, they increase the risk of serious complications. Cavities and gum diseases are infections caused by bacteria. The germs can get into the blood stream and...
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Heart Disease

Dental cavities and gum diseases are bacterial infections that can make heart issues worse. Infection The bacteria damage teeth and gums, but they can also get into the bloodstream and travel throughout the body. In the heart, they can infect the inner lining, damage valves, and contribute to other serious complications....
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