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August 2001 - Page 3 of 3 - Health Sciences Institute - Official Site

If you have rheumatoid arthritis, you may want to pay particular attention to your teeth

There's a link between rheumatoid arthritis and periodontitis. Scientists compared the periodontal condition of 65 rheumatology patients to an arthritis-free control group. While both groups had the same level of plaque and gum-bleeding, the rheumatoid arthritis group had a significantly higher percentage of tooth loss.