University at Buffalo - The State University of New York
Skip to Content
Periodontal condition in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. - PubMed - NCBI
Format

Send to

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Braz Oral Res. 2008 Jan-Mar;22(1):72-7.

Periodontal condition in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Author information

1
School of Dentistry of Araraquara, São Paulo State University, Brazil.

Abstract

The purpose of this clinical study was to investigate if periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are associated. The study included 39 RA patients (test group) and 22 age- and gender-matched healthy individuals (control group). Questionnaires on general and oral health were applied and a complete periodontal exam, including visible plaque, marginal bleeding, attachment loss (AL) and number of teeth present, was also performed by a single calibrated examiner. Diabetes mellitus patients and smokers were excluded. RA patients had fewer teeth, higher prevalence of sites presenting dental plaque and a higher frequency of sites with advanced attachment loss. Although the prevalence of dental plaque was higher in the test group (Chi-square test, p = 0.0006), the percentage of sites showing gingival bleeding was not different (Fishers exact test, p > 0.05). Based on our results, we suggest that there is an association between periodontal disease and RA.

PMID:
18425249
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
Free full text
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

0 comments
How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for Scientific Electronic Library Online
    Loading ...
    Support Center