Periodontal disease increase in patients at risk of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Research from the Leeds Institute of Rheumatic and Musculoskeletal Medicine and the School of Dentistry at the University of Leeds has found increased prevalence of Periodontal Disease and Periodontopathic Bacteria in patients who have the Anti–Cyclic Citrullinated Protein (CCP+) Antibody and are at risk of developing Rheumatoid Arthritis. This suggests Periodontitis and P Gingivalis are associated with disease initiation and could be targets for preventive interventions in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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