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New study links psoriasis to gum disease

Posted by Yvonne Wallace

A new study has found links between psoriasis and gum disease, which a dental charity in the UK claims demonstrates the importance of good standards of oral health.

Researchers who conducted the study in Taiwan found that in a group of 230,000 people, those who were affected by severe gum disease were 54 per cent more likely to develop psoriasis over five years.

Previous studies have linked gum disease with a wide range of other health issues and the British Dental Health Foundation stated this is the latest study to link periodontal disease to a number of other chronic and serious health conditions.

Dr Nigel Carter, chief executive of the body, explained more work needs to be done in order to further establish the link between gum disease and those suffering from psoriasis.

“It sends out a further message about the importance of looking after your oral health and taking preventive action by maintaining a regular oral health routine,” he said.

Dr Carter highlighted the fact that even though gum disease is “incredibly common”, it can easily be treated by oral health specialists if a patient heads to the dentist to get checked out.

Brushing for two minutes twice a day using a fluoride toothpaste was recommended by Dr Carter in order to fight gum disease, as well as cleaning in between teeth with interdental brushes or flossing daily to remove plaque, which is the main cause of gum disease.

Dr Joseph J Keller from Taipei Medical University and his colleague Dr Lin published their findings – which they gathered through accessing a database of Taiwan’s national health system – in the British Journal of Dermatology.

According to the British Dental Health Foundation, most people suffer from some form of gum disease at one point in their lives and it is the major cause of tooth loss in adults.

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