Poor Oral Hygiene Could Worsen Psoriasis Symptoms

Posted by Taylor Schachter on Mar 9 2020, 07:55 PM

Poor Oral Hygiene Could Worsen Psoriasis Symptoms

An estimated 125 million people around the world have the skin condition psoriasis. Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes red, flaky patches on the skin. Though it is not known what causes psoriasis (nor is there a cure), there are some triggers that may cause flareups, including diet, alcohol consumption and even weight. But now, doctors have discovered another potential cause for flareups, and it has to do with your teeth.

During a recent study by the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center it was discovered that oral hygiene plays a role in psoriasis flareups. It seems that when research participants reported having gum disease (periodontitis) and poor oral hygiene habits, they had higher instances of psoriasis flareups - and more severe flareups at that. Furthermore, when the participants' oral health routines improved, so too did their psoriasis symptoms.

So, what does this mean exactly? Well, it’s one more way the oral microbiome plays a role in your overall health. We’ve already learned in recent years that an unhealthy oral microbiome can contribute to a host of illnesses, including diabetes and heart disease. It can also cause serious medical conditions like Alzheimer’s, stroke and heart attack.

This means it’s all the more important to keep your oral microbiome healthy by caring for your teeth and gums on a consistent basis. This can be done by brushing your teeth twice a day for a minimum of two minutes each time, and by flossing daily. It also means you should be visiting Dr. Abelar at least once a year (preferably twice!) for regular cleanings and exams.

Cleanings aren’t just about making your teeth look whiter and feel smoother; they remove harmful tartar buildup along the gum line that can cause cavities and allow dangerous bacteria into the bloodstream. This bacteria could be responsible for psoriasis flareups, but even if you don’t have psoriasis, you should still be caring for your teeth and gums every day!

As new studies are conducted and we learn more about the importance of the oral microbiome, it’s a great idea to keep your oral hygiene on par and take the best care of your mouth possible. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Abelar, please contact the office at 858-523-1400.

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