Sore gums and sore bones.....
Adelaide scientists have recently discovered that mice with gum disease develop worse arthritis.
The scientists are now using this knowledge to investigate whether threating gum disease could help relieve arthritis.
Studies have also found that patients with rhuematoid arthritis are more likely to suffer tooth loss than those without.
The research to date has found signs of bone loss in the joints of mice with gum disease alone, and bone loss in the jaws of mice with artiritis alone.
The relationship between the two diseases is very complex and researchers are now using this new information to further their understanding.
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