Periodontal disease has been linked to numerous other health issues and is continually being linked to more. The bacteria that cause periodontal disease are harmful pathogenic bacteria that can play havoc on other parts of your body as well. Periodontal disease has been linked to diabetes, heart disease, male impotence, pancreatic cancer, dementia, and more. The bacterium associated with periodontal disease can cause chronic inflammation. Periodontal disease has been linked to psoriasis, another chronic inflammatory disease.
In the first study to investigate a link between periodontal disease and psoriasis it was discovered that more people with periodontal disease than those without tend to develop psoriasis. The study consisted of 230,000 people, 115,365 people with periodontal disease, and the same number of people without. The researchers then analyzed the number of people who developed psoriasis over the next five years. From the group with gum disease, 1,082 individuals developed psoriasis. From the group without periodontal disease, only 706 people developed psoriasis. According to these results, the individuals with gum disease were 54 percent more likely to develop psoriasis over the five years.
What is Psoriasis?
Despite 30 years of research, the causes of psoriasis are still unknown. It is thought to be caused by an immune reaction directed at the body’s own cells. Psoriasis presents as raised or thickened areas of red or pink scaly skin. Commonly affecting the elbows, knees, and scalp, it can be found on any area of the body and tends to be common near abrasions, trauma, or areas where individuals have scratched.
The Taiwanese researchers caution that more in-depth research needs to be done to establish a definitive link.
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