Arthritis Pain? Check Your Teeth…

There’s no shortage of horse farms and riding stables here in south Texas. Nor a shortage of old farm hands who will tell you checking their teeth won’t only tell you the horse’s age, it may also reveal hidden problems preventing good performance on the farm or while riding.

Turns out checking your own teeth can be helpful for more than avoiding dental pain, too. In fact, numerous studies identify a clear link between dental health and arthritis – both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis; as well as many other health conditions or diseases.

The REAL Cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis?

While many think rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is genetic, twin studies show only 12% to 15% of identical twins will both develop RA. That means other factors greatly influence development beyond simple genetics.

One big factor? Periodontitis, or severe gum disease.

RA and periodontitis are among the most prevalent inflammatory diseases in the human race. Both create an imbalance between the immune system’s pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory cytokines, believed responsible for both tissue damage and bone loss. Oral bacteria DNA associated with periodontitis has been found in the joint synovial fluid of those with RA. And gum disease has been correlated with severity of RA symptoms.

But even more evidence continues to pour in showing bacteria associated with periodontitis may be the actual trigger of the initial RA autoimmune response. Bacteria has long been considered a likely cause of RA. Now it appears scientists may have identified the specific mouth bacteria associated with the onset of RA: Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans (Aa).

Aa is thought to trigger RA when the bacteria releases a toxin which modifies how enzymes convert amino acids within proteins. This conversion modifies signaling that causes white blood cells to attack healthy cells – the autoimmune response.

Is there any good news here? Yes! Multiple studies show treating periodontitis also significantly decreases RA severity. According to one, scaling/root planing and plaque control more than triples the odds of lowered RA severity compared to the control, untreated group.

All Forms of Arthritis Have Ties to Gum Disease

Osteoarthritis (OA) also has direct ties to periodontitis. In a study of nearly 8,000 South Koreans over age 50, more than 3,000 had knee OA bad enough to be visible on X-rays. The study’s authors were able to correlate periodontitis with OA risk – and the worse the periodontitis, the worse the OA. The correlation isn’t necessarily causation, but there’s certainly a strong link here.

Unsurprisingly, other inflammatory health conditions combined with inflammatory dental issues like gum disease further increase your risk of painful conditions like arthritis. One recent study of more than 3,500 participants found those with both Type 2 diabetes and periodontitis had a significantly higher incidence of osteoarthritis.

My bottom-line conclusion from these studies in plain English: the more inflammatory conditions you have in your body, including those in your mouth, the more likely you are to suffer from arthritis pain. So seek to achieve and maintain the best possible oral health.

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References

Correia C. Genetics and Rheumatic Disease. American College of Rheumatology. 2018 Aug.

Kaur S, White S, Bartold M. Periodontal Disease as a Risk Factor for Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review. JBI Library of Systematic Reviews. 2012;10(42 Suppl):1-12.

Konig M, et al. Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans–induced hypercitrullination links periodontal infection to autoimmunity in rheumatoid arthritis. Science Translational Medicine. 2016 Dec 14;8(369):369ra176.

Al-Katma M, et al. Control of periodontal infection reduces the severity of active rheumatoid arthritis. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology : Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases. 2007 Jun;13(3):134-7.

Kim J, et al. Association of periodontitis with radiographic knee osteoarthritis. Journal of Periodontology. 2020 Mar;91(3):369-376.

Donath M, Shoelson S. Type 2 diabetes as an inflammatory disease. Nature Reviews. Immunology. 2011 Feb;11(2):98-107.

Kim H, et al. Association Between the Severity of Periodontitis and Osteoarthritis in Middle-Aged and Older Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: A Nationwide Population-Based Study. Arthritis Care & Research. 2022 Mar;74(3):403-409.

Filed Under: Arthritis
Written By:

Jesse Cannone, CFT, CPRS, MFT

Jesse is the co-founder and visionary CEO of The Healthy Back Institute®, the world-leading source of natural back pain solutions. His mission as a former back pain sufferer is to help others live pain free without surgery and pharmaceuticals.

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12 thoughts on “Arthritis Pain? Check Your Teeth…”

  1. Donna Turner says:

    I read directions wrong for the super joint support and have been taking 6 a day. Actually mixed up directions with heal and soothe where it says take 3 capsules 1 to 3 times a day. Have cut back to one a day. Haven’t been taking them that long and was actually wondering if they were helping any because I’m still in excruciating pain. Going to keep taking for maybe three or four months to see if it makes a difference. My question is is that going to cause any problems since it does say don’t take more then what is directed? Thank you.

    1. STEVEN says:

      Taking 6 super joint support capsules per day is not a problem, the only possible issue in taking more would have been loose stool, if you did notice a loose stool, all is good. Thanks Steve

  2. Ron says:

    I am looking forward to break through research on Arthritis ( osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid and osteoporosis)

    1. Tarsha says:

      Yes I’m certainly Am as well..

  3. Joan De Freitas says:

    awful lower back pain

  4. Joan De Freitas says:

    I can not walk 2 feet before I must stop… pain really making me bend instead of standing straight

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  5. john says:

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  6. Diane Popowych says:

    I am currently taking Heal N Soothe and Rub on Relief. They
    Both seem to be doing a great 👍 job. I have tried Super Joint Support. Every time I try it I get very loose stools. I have Crohns Disease but have been able to control it w/diet.

    1. STEVEN says:

      Diane, please note that Super Joint Support already has 100% of the RDA for Magnesium so if you are taking another product with Magnesium, it’s a good chance you are getting too much Magnesium. Please do the math and adjust accordingly

      Thanks

  7. Sharon Tente-Clarke says:

    I am having sever pain in my right knee, the pain goes down to my toes and up near my groin. The pain gets so bad that I have to call into work, and I really do not want to do that when it is a new job. Now, you had an article on teeth causing arthritis pain to hurt more, well, I have a tooth that I had been trying to find the right new dentist to help me out. Could this tooth cause my Arthritis gotten worse because of this tooth? The tooth does not hurt in any way also. The knee pain has gotten worse in the last month, I have ordered free jar to try. This pain is worse than the pain I had in my back.

    I am really praying that this jar is going to help my pain, I use to be so active in my yard.

    1. STEVEN says:

      Sharon, while there is a general connection, there is no way for anyone to know the answer to your specific case and will have to suggest you seek proper medical attention for both your teeth and your knee. Thanks

      Steve HBI-Staff

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