Cause of gum disease also linked to arthritis
Professor Felipe Andrade of Johns Hopkins University in the US who carried out the new study, said: “This is like putting together the last few pieces of a complicated jigsaw puzzle that has been worked on for many years.”
Study leader Dr Maximilian Konig said that “This research may be the closest we have come to uncovering the root cause of RA.”
Rheumatoid arthritis is caused when the immune system malfunctions and attacks cells, making joints stiff and painful.
Natalie Carter, head of research liaison and evaluation, Arthritis Research UK stated that “There have been various studies over the years exploring the link between arthritis and oral health, which have demonstrated that gum disease is more common, and often more severe, for people living with rheumatoid arthritis.”
“Understanding this relationship could lead to the development of new diagnostic tests and targeted therapies for the condition, helping more people push back the limits of arthritis,” she continued.