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Dental Health And Psoriatic Arthritis

Dr Martin Abelar - July 21, 2022 - 0 comments

Psoriatic arthritis is a serious condition which could cause or be caused by periodontal disease.

If you have psoriasis, you are at an increased risk of developing an illness known as psoriatic arthritis.  Psoriatic arthritis will strike an estimated 2.4 million people each year, and unfortunately there is currently no cure. Psoriatic arthritis, or PsA, occurs when the immune system attacks the joints of certain body parts, including the elbows, feet, hands, and wrists.

Another unfortunate side effect of psoriatic arthritis is jaw pain. In fact, upwards of 35 percent of those with psoriatic arthritis may also experience jaw pain. Worse yet, many others may experience serious gum disease – in fact, they are three times more likely to develop serious gum disease than those without psoriatic arthritis.

Worse still, studies have shown that by having periodontitis (gum disease) you could actually be worsening your psoriasis! It can even affect whether or not you develop psoriatic arthritis!

So, how can you tell if you are at risk for developing psoriatic arthritis? A recent study found that those with oral pain within the past twelve months, poor oral and gum health, speech issues due to oral health problems, and / or a family history of psoriasis may all contribute to psoriatic arthritis.

As for what causes the link between psoriatic arthritis and gum disease, there are several theories afloat. First, any condition which causes inflammation may worsen gum disease, so if the patient already has gum disease in addition to psoriasis and or psoriatic arthritis, this could push the gum disease into advanced stages.

Furthermore, joint pain incurred by psoriatic arthritis may make activities such as brushing and flossing difficult, thus making gum disease worse, or causing it in the first place.

Another caveat to those with psoriatic arthritis is that this condition can make healing difficult, so for those missing teeth who would like to try dental implants, it may be more difficult for those implants to take, as the psoriatic arthritis can hamper the healing process.

So, what can be done to prevent serious gum disease in those with psoriatic arthritis (and in anyone, really)? For starters, staying on top of your oral health. Brushing twice a day, every day, flossing at least once per day, and visiting Dr. Abelar twice per year for cleanings and exams. 

To schedule your semi-annual appointment with Dr. Abelar, please contact the office today!

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