Yourwellness Magazine Explores How Oral Health Affects Arthritis

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With a new report noting that children’s diets are damaging their oral health, and WHO stating that dental cavities affect the vast majority of children and adults, Yourwellness Magazine investigated how this issue could threaten the wellbeing of people with arthritis.

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A recent report carried out on behalf of the Department of Health and Food Standards Agency has revealed parents are putting infants' oral health at risk through the food they are giving children. Chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, Dr Nigel Carter commented, “Children aren’t born with a sweet tooth. It is acquired over time due to their dietary habits. Of real concern to the Foundation is the potential for an erosion explosion in children's teeth.”

This is no surprise. According to WHO, 60–90% of school children and nearly 100% of adults across the world have dental cavities and oral disease in children and adults is high among poor and disadvantaged population groups. In order to target oral health issues, The WHO Global Oral Health Programme involves building oral health policies towards effective control of risks to oral health and advocacy for a common risk factor approach to simultaneously prevent oral and other chronic diseases.

With this in mind, Yourwellness Magazine investigated how poor oral health could affect people with arthritis. The article noted that the implanting of prosthetic joints is a common treatment for arthritis. “There are additional concerns which those with prosthetic joints should be aware of. As the joints are effectively foreign entities in your bodies, it doesn’t take much for them to get infective and insight an immune reaction in the body. This could be very damaging to you and potentially cause you to need additional surgery.”

Yourwellness Magazine explained that, for this reason, doctors performing oral surgeries need to be careful because, otherwise, the great wealth of bacteria in the mouth could get into the blood, which may transmit a transient infection into the prosthetic joints. The article noted that, to prevent this from occurring, doctors need to administer a large dose of antibiotics to patients before an oral surgery.

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