According to the very reputable health site - Green Med Info – a growing body of research has confirmed that the bacteria that infect our gums may well be the cause of many cases of arthritis.
They say: “Dentistry researchers from Germany's Martin-Luther University Halle-Wittenberg recently analyzed the synovial fluid of 42 patients - average age of 54 years old – with rheumatoid arthritis. They compared this information with 114 control subjects around the same age who had no arthritis and no other rheumatoid conditions
They go on to explain how this synovial fluid is the fluid within the joint capsule, which will typically contain inflammatory components relating to the arthritis. The researchers then went on to analyze the same synovial fluid for DNA that matched the genome of oral bacteria. This was specifically Porphyromonas gingivalis and the bacteria most known to be at the root of most gingivitis infections.
The researchers found that the their rheumatoid arthritis patients were some 4.5 times more likely to harbor the DNA of the Porphyromonas gingivalis bacteria within their synovial fluid compared to the non-arthritic adults. In addition, they found that their arthritic patients were 12 times more likely to have Porphyromonas gingivalis infections and Porphyromonas gingivalis DNA in the joint fluid.
The same researchers found even more interesting information
At the same time, they discovered that missing teeth directly tied in with the same cases of rheumatoid arthritis in this study. They concluded that the more missing teeth, the more likely the patients suffered from rheumatoid arthritis.
Who would have imagined that good dental care could help you to avoid arthritis?
You can find the full results of this research study and sources here.
Of course there are many other reasons for arthritis
What we eat is the main cause of this growing epidemic if our diet is inflammatory and fattening. Unhealthy food choices such as sweets, baked goods, chips, sodas, sweetened juices, vegetable oils and many processed and refined foods lead to inflammatory situations in the joints and around the spine, eating away and gradually destroying cartilage. What happens then is that our bones and joints have no protection so they rub against one another causing further inflammation and then pain.
Wheat and dairy products can be very detrimental to some people who find that eliminating one or both of these foods in their diet can see their arthritis symptoms disappear.
Apart from causing inflammation, those same unhealthy food choices also lead to weight gain and obesity, putting even further strain on our joints. Arthritis is twice as common in the obese than it is in others.
Once you become obese and arthritic, you will be less likely to want to exercise leading to further complications with this condition. And this is a pity as physical exercise can be a natural way of relieving pain while getting more activity will make the joints more flexible and movable over time.
What are the main symptoms of arthritis?
As the condition deteriorates, the symptoms can include:
which is usually described as a throbbing, aching kind of pain that is worse in the mornings and particularly if you have been sitting still for some time. The pain is often more noticeable during periods of rest rather than after any activity.
2. Stiffness in the joints
which is a common symptom especially in the morning. While morning stiffness associated with osteoarthritis usually wears off within 30 minutes of getting up in the morning, the stiffness for rheumatoid arthritis usually lasts longer than half an hour and can be as long as two hours.
3. Warmth and redness
which is often noticeable because with rheumatoid arthritis, the lining of the affected joint becomes inflamed so that these joints swell and as a result feel hot or warm to the touch and tender and painful.
4. Inflammation around the joints
is also possible while rheumatoid arthritis can lead to inflammation of the glands (tear and salivary); of the lining of the heart and lungs; and to the blood vessels.
5. Red and puffy hands
6. Firm bumps of tissue
under the skin on the arms (known as rheumatoid nodules).
7. Feeling very tired
and a general sense of feeling unwell.
8. Fever and weight loss
are two further symptoms of RA that you should be aware of.
Rheumatoid arthritis signs and symptoms can vary from mild to severe and back again and may even come and go. These arthritis flare-ups can alternate with periods of remission when the symptoms can fade or even disappear. You can experience a flare-up at any time of the day or night but it is much more likely that your symptoms will be more painful in the morning.
A natural treatment for arthritis
Our own H-Arthritis Formula
is specially formulated from pure essential oils and homeopathic ingredients to safely and gently reduce the symptoms of arthritis, including pain, stiffness, inflammation and swelling. The different properties of the constiuents offer circulatory stimulants, anti-inflammatories, analgesics for relieving or diminishing pain while additional properties can eliminate those harmful toxins in the system. You can massage the joints with a few drops three times a day, you can add a drop or two of the oil to your relaxing bath time routine plus you can ensure a good night’s sleep by massaging a few drops of H-Insomnia Formula to the back of your neck and temples at bedtime.