Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the joints. It can also cause fatigue, eye problems, and a higher likelihood of dental issues.
PsA causes the immune system to attack the joints in various body parts. Joints commonly affected include:
This article examines the connection between PsA and dental health and explores tips for maintaining good oral health.
One 2019 review suggests that the following factors may be predictors of psoriasis:
- a family history of psoriasis
- oral pain within the last 12 months
- poor gum health
- speech difficulties due to dental issues
Oral health may also be more challenging for people with a painful, chronic condition such as PsA. Further research will help experts better understand the link between PsA and dental health.
Psoriatic arthritis and periodontal disease
PsA causes inflammation that can worsen gum disease and hasten severe symptoms such as tooth decay.
People with psoriasis also have a higher risk of developing periodontitis compared to the general population, according to a 2019 review. They are also more likely to:
- have more severe gum inflammation
- experience more bone loss
- have more missing teeth
Drugs that treat immune-related conditions such as psoriatic arthritis may also affect a person’s immune system, putting them at greater risk of severe infections, including infections of the teeth and mouth that can cause tooth loss or worsen oral health.
Psoriatic arthritis and dental implants
Dentists may recommend dental implants for people with tooth loss, but some PsA drugs impact the immune system. This can make people more susceptible to infection and increase the risk of complications with surgery.
While there is no research on dental implants in people with PsA, a
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- using toothpaste that contains fluoride and drinking fluoridated water
- brushing twice a day
- flossing every day to control plaque to avoid gum disease or dental caries
- visiting the dentist at least once a year
- avoiding tobacco products and keeping alcohol to a minimum
- asking about alternative medications if current ones are causing dry mouth
When to visit a dentist
A person experiencing dental pain or discomfort that impacts their ability to eat or speak as usual should consult a dentist.
PsA is an inflammatory condition that involves an overactive immune response. It causes joint swelling, pain, and stiffness. Untreated, the condition can also cause lasting joint damage.
Research suggests a link between PsA and poor dental health, but experts are not sure why this is the case. Inflammation may play a role.
It is essential for people with chronic inflammatory conditions such as PsA to monitor their dental health and inform their dentist about their condition and any medications they are taking.