The unseen battle: Why regular dental check-ups are a shield against hidden health issues

Campus Dental sponcon - Oct 2023
The team at Cadboro Bay Dental.


Have you ever wondered why your annual dental check-up is so important? It turns out, it’s about much more than just clean teeth and a bright smile.  A recent study reveals a hidden connection between gum disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a painful and debilitating joint condition. This discovery underscores the crucial role of regular dental visits, not just for a healthy mouth, but for overall body wellness.

A Hidden Connection 

In a September 2013, article in PLoS Pathogens, researcher Jan Potempa and his team revealed how the germ behind gum disease, Porphyromonas gingivalis, makes rheumatoid arthritis worse, causing it to start earlier, progress faster, and damage bones and cartilage more severely [1].

The Unseen Enemy

Here’s how it works: this bacteria produces a special enzyme that changes  the structure of certain proteins in the body. Our immune system, always on the lookout for intruders, sees these altered proteins as enemies and attacks. For people with rheumatoid arthritis, this can mean increased inflammation, pain, and joint damage [1].

Fighting Back

So, what does this research mean for you? Quite a lot, actually. By keeping your gums healthy, you’re not just avoiding painful and often expensive dental procedures down the line but also protecting yourself from conditions like rheumatoid arthritis. The key is catching and treating gum disease early, and that starts with your regular dental check-ups.

Prevention is Better Than Cure

Everyone is busy these days! Every time you consider skipping or delaying that dental appointment, remember the silent battle being waged in your mouth. A battle that can have far-reaching consequences beyond toothaches and bad breath. Regular check-ups and cleanings are your first line of defense, not only giving you a radiant smile but also acting as a protective shield against more serious and systemic conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.

The Simple Steps to a Healthier You

The road to a healthier you could be as simple as brushing, flossing, and visiting your dentist regularly. These easy yet essential steps can potentially keep both gum disease and its associated health risks at bay. Imagine a life free of painful gum infections and reduced risk of debilitating conditions like rheumatoid arthritis—all beginning with a routine visit to your friendly neighborhood dentist.

Let’s embrace the power of prevention. Make and keep that dental appointment. A world of not just impeccable oral health, but enhanced overall well-being, could hinge on this simple yet impactful decision. Every clean tooth and healthy gum is a step away from hidden enemies like Porphyromonas gingivalis, ensuring that your smile is not just beautiful, but also a beacon of comprehensive health and vitality.

Located in the heart of Cadboro Bay, Cadboro Bay Dental, is known for providing comprehensive and compassionate dental care. They utilize the latest dental technology and procedures to ensure a comfortable environment for all our patients, be they locals or university students.

Their range of services encompasses general and cosmetic dentistry to preventative care, aiming to cater to all oral health needs. Their dedicated team, including Dr. Pavel Duhra, places a high premium on patient education and satisfaction, embodying a community-oriented approach to dental care.


[1]Chen, J., Lee, H-M., & Sharma, A. (2013). Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans Induces Bone Resorption in a Murine Model of Infection-Induced Bone Loss. PLOS Pathogens, 9(11), e1003627.