Gums and joints: is there a connection? Part two: the biological link

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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and periodontitis (PD) are inflammatory diseases characterised by an exacerbated immune-inflammatory reaction that leads to the destruction of bone and other connective tissues that share numerous similarities. Although a significant and independent association between these two conditions has been described, the pathophysiological processes that may explain this relationship remain unknown and multiple theories have been proposed. This review presents the most important theories currently proposed to explain the biological link between RA and PD.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)611–617
JournalBritish Dental Journal
Early online date11 Oct 2019
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019