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Periodontal condition in patients with rheumatoid arthritis
  • Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP)
  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas (UNICAMP)
  • University of Michigan
  • 1806-8324
  • 1807-3107
The purpose of this clinical study was to investigate if periodontal disease and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) are associated. The study included 39 RA patients (test group) and 22 age- and gender-matched healthy individuals (control group). Questionnaires on general and oral health were applied and a complete periodontal exam, including visible plaque, marginal bleeding, attachment loss (AL) and number of teeth present, was also performed by a single calibrated examiner. Diabetes mellitus patients and smokers were excluded. RA patients had fewer teeth, higher prevalence of sites presenting dental plaque and a higher frequency of sites with advanced attachment loss. Although the prevalence of dental plaque was higher in the test group (Chi-square test, p = 0.0006), the percentage of sites showing gingival bleeding was not different (Fisher's exact test, p > 0.05). Based on our results, we suggest that there is an association between periodontal disease and RA.
Issue Date: 
Brazilian Oral Research, v. 22, n. 1, p. 72-77, 2008.
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  • Periodontal attachment loss
  • Periodontitis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • adult
  • age distribution
  • case control study
  • cross-sectional study
  • female
  • health
  • human
  • male
  • middle aged
  • mouth hygiene
  • periodontal disease
  • periodontitis
  • rheumatoid arthritis
  • sex ratio
  • Adult
  • Age Distribution
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Oral Health
  • Oral Hygiene
  • Periodontal Attachment Loss
  • Periodontal Diseases
  • Sex Distribution
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