How gum disease could turn into the ultimate agony
If the eyes are windows to the soul, your gums might offer a glimpse of your joints.
If they’re clean, well-flossed, and never bleed, you might not have much to worry about when it comes to the rheumatoid arthritis that leaves more than 1.3 million older women in so much agony.
If they’re not… if they start to bleed if you even THINK about flossing (or if you never floss at all)… you might need to take some action… and FAST.
New research shows how YOU are officially AT RISK for rheumatoid!
It’s already known that women with rheumatoid tend to have a higher risk of gum disease.
Since it’s an autoimmune disorder, they have a higher risk of so many other conditions that the gum disease seems minor by comparison and often goes ignored.
Now, the new study shows how that gum disease shouldn’t be ignored, especially if you don’t have rheumatoid (yet).
It could be your first warning sign that you’re at risk.
The new study finds that women who are at risk of rheumatoid – but don’t actually have the disease yet – are twice as likely to have gum disease when compared to women who aren’t at risk.
How do they know who’s at risk?
The researchers tested for certain antibodies found in women with rheumatoid but without the actual synovitis, or inflammation, that also marks the disease.
The worse the gum disease – including problems with bleeding and deeper “pockets” along the teeth – the worse those early-warning signs of rheumatoid.
Don’t worry, there’s an upside here.
Early warnings mean an early chance to take action. That makes gum disease a golden opportunity to take a few steps to prevent rheumatoid.
One of the best of all: the inflammation-fighting omega-3 fatty acids in fish oil.
A 2013 study found that just a single serving of delicious fatty fish once a week will cut the risk of rheumatoid by 29 percent, while eating it even more often can cut the risk in half.
You can eat fish, take an omega-3 supplement, or do both.
The benefit works the other way, too. Omega-3s – especially DHA – can help fight and prevent gum disease (although if you already have the condition, you’ll also need to see a dentist or periodontist to get it taken care of ASAP).
Gum disease is also a key risk factor for heart attack, stroke, and cancer, so even if you’re not worried about rheumatoid, you should be worried about your gums.
You should have a yearly dental exam by a holistic dentist, also known as a biological dentist.