Is gum disease more prevalent in people with RA?

Randall D. Stastny, DMD
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Having RA does not necessarily make one more prone to having gum disease.  However, many of the medications that are used to treat RA suppress the immune system which in turn can make gum disease more likely if the patient does not take very good care of his/her teeth and gums.

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