Rheumatoid Arthritis and Oral Health Connection

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes systemic inflammation that affects the joints, skin, internal organs and vascular system. In addition, recent research indicates that this autoimmune disease can even affect the teeth.


Severe inflammation is a symptom of RA and periodontal disease (i.e., gum disease). This inflammation occurs when the white blood cells release chemicals to protect the body from foreign invaders (i.e., viruses or bacteria) or to assist in the healing process following an injury. This chemical release leads to an increase in blood flow to the affected area(s). It is this excess blood that causes the inflammation.


When an individual has an autoimmune disease like rheumatoid arthritis, the body mistakenly attacks itself and inflammation occurs even when there are no foreign invaders or injuries present.


Individuals who suffer from RA are at an...
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Preventing Cavities This Halloween

In a perfect world, you would be able to resist the temptation of all that candy that tends to appear around Halloween. Unfortunately, it is really hard to say “no” to those sweet treats and you typically end up eating way more than normal which puts you at risk of developing cavities. Luckily, there are things you can do to prevent cavities from forming. Use these preventative tips to help you reduce your risk of developing cavities and other dental problems associated with tooth decay while allowing you to enjoy eating some of that Halloween candy. Drink Plenty of Water Making sure you drink plenty of water on a daily basis is vital to helping you with the fight against cavities. Water helps prevent cavities in two ways: by increasing your saliva production and cleaning your mouth. Lack of proper saliva production causes a condition known...
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When to Consider Alfa Thermometry

Smiles by Shields believes that in order to help patients feel better they need to focus not only on improving their oral health but their overall health. In an effort to help patients better understand their whole body health, we offer Alfa Thermometry screening. What is Alfa Thermometry Screening? Alfa thermometry screening is a non-invasive body scan that provides a detailed understanding of your overall health. The scan provides clinicians and healthcare providers with real-time assessments that allow them to discover potential health problems that have yet to be diagnosed. What Types of Problems can be Identified with Alfa Thermometry Screening? Alfa Thermometry screening has been able to help in the early detection of over 40 different diseases and health problems. Some of the issues that have been identified with this whole-body screening include:
  • Certain abnormalities, such as tumors or lumps, in the breast...
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