Rheumatoid arthritis could be triggered by the same bacteria associated with gum disease.
The autoimmune joint disorder, Rheumatoid Arthritis is presumed to be linked to gum disease. A research from the Science Translational Medicine discovered that the bacteria responsible for gum disease can also create inflammation in Rheumatoid Arthritis.
As reported by Medical Daily, researchers found that the gum fluid of those with gum disease contained high levels of Citrullinated proteins. As for those with Rheumatic Arthritis, abnormal levels of Citrullinated proteins have been noted to cause a response in the immune system. People with RA’s immune response is to produce antibodies called anti-citrullinated pepties (anti-CCP).
Also, NBC reports that a bacteria called Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, also known as “A a” found in gum disease is also found in clients with RA. Hence, the citrullination damage is created. The bacteria work by damaging the neutrophils, which causes the immune system to attack it. Dr. Felipe Andrade, a rheumatologist at John Hopkins reported that they have identified the bacteria in almost 50 percent of the patients with RA.
Andrade stated that prevention is the best way to avoid any disease. Therefore, an effort to improve oral hygiene will prevent the development of diseases like Rheumatoid Arthritis. Though the culprit has been identified, researchers are still uncertain of how the bacteria exactly trigger RA.
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