Posted by Jeannette
on October 04, 1999 at 15:26:38:
In Reply to: RA and tooth problems posted by Janet on October 03, 1999 at 19:18:35:
: I was diagnosed with RA about 4 months and at that time I read a couple of articles about RA and tooth problems. People that have had poor route cannels and problem teeth that contributed to RA. Has anyone else heard of this. I am now having severe problems with a tooth and am wondering if this is a cause for the RA. I believe the article stated that if you get the problem solved then the symptoms of RA disappear. I would like to get other RA sufferes opinions.
Infections in the gums and teeth can allow bacteria to get into the bloodstream. This can cause a reactive arthritis. If the problem is taken care of and there are no residual pockets of infection elsewhere, the arthritis symptoms can dissapear. Definitely get the teeth taken care of, and inform the doctor who is treating your arthritis about the problem teeth so he/she can run additional tests for reactive arthritis.
(Reiter's syndrome, etc.)