The Rheumatoid arthritis (AR) is a disease autoimmune that affects a little more than 1% of the world population; women have two to three times more risk of suffering from it than men due to various hormonal factors.
In an interview with GetQoralHealth the rheumatologist Mario Cardiel , head of research General Hospital Dr. Miguel Silva in Morelia, Michoacán, points out that there are several environmental factors such as smoking and gum infections that are related to the development of rheumatoid arthritis .
"There have been several studies that reveal that oral health is very important in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. It is known that those who smoke have more gum problems, so poor oral hygiene facilitates the development of inflammation of the joints from distance".
Interviewed during the Rheumatoid Arthritis Seminar that he made Pfizer in Los Cabos, Baja California, the doctor Cardiel states that the oral hygiene is basic not only to prevent common diseases such as cavities or gingivitis , but is a long-term prevention of joint damage.
However, there are also other factors, such as genes, that have some influence on the development of rheumatoid arthritis .
"For example, Pima Indians who live in the southern United States and northern Mexico are the ethnic group most at risk of developing this disease. They have 5%, compared to 1% in other parts of the world. "
In this regard, Cardiel clarifies that it is essential to have healthy habits to reduce the risks of developing rheumatoid arthritis as:
1. Brush your teeth 3 times a day
2. Go to the dentist at least once a year
4. Say no to cigar
5 . Eat foods rich in Omega 3 , which for its nutrients and oils strengthen the joints
6. Reduce the intake of sugars that cause dental problems.
Keep in mind that the rheumatoid arthritis It is a chronic disease that has no cure, so if you feel joint stiffness, dryness in areas such as eyes, mouth or hands, it is important that you go to the doctor to rule out any ailment.