Periodontitis (PD), a chronic inflammatory disease which results in irreversible attachment loss, bone destruction and tooth loss, is a major oral health problem. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), with a global prevalence of 1%, is an autoimmune disease characterized as a chronic inflammatory disorder leading to synovial inflammation and destruction of cartilage and bone. Studies have reported an association between PD and RA whereby PD is reportedly more severe in patients with established RA. Justification for the plausible link between both conditions is based on shared characteristics and pathogenic similarities with regard to risk factors, immuno-genetics and tissue destruction pathways. The search for the possible mechanism linking PD to RA continues as it can play an important role in enabling early intervention in the form of prevention and treatment of infection. This will ultimately improve patients’ oral health related quality of life and reduce societal burden related to increased patient discomfort and treatment costs. The current review provides an update on the cellular and molecular events that have thus far explained the link.
|Potential Mechanisms Linking Periodontitis to Rheumatoid Arthritis Yin Hui Lee, Pit Hui Lew, Philip Sheng Hui Han, Chia Wei Cheah, Mohamad Tariqur Rahman, Nor Adinar Baharuddin and Rathna Devi Vaithilingam||Download|
|Effects of non-surgical periodontal therapy on procalcitonin levels of gingival crevicular fluid and serum in subjects with different periodontal conditions Kalaiarasi Selvadurai MDS, Karthikeyan Bangalore Varadhan MDS DNB, Prabhuji Munivenkatappa Lakshmaiah Venkatesh MDS||Download|
|Vitamin D: Pharmacology and Clinical Challenges in Oral Health Care Eriny Girgis and Ayman Antoun Reyad||Download|
|Assessment of Creeping Attachment after Free Gingival Graft in Treatment of Isolated Gingival Recession Sarhang Sarwat Gul, Faraedon Mostafa Zardawi, Aram Mohammed Sha, Aras Maruf Rauf||Download|