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Revista Brasileira de Reumatologia

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BRAGA, Flávia Silva Farah Ferreira et al. Chronic arthritis and periodontitis. Rev. Bras. Reumatol. [online]. 2007, vol.47, n.4, pp.276-280. ISSN 0482-5004.

As similarities between pathogenetic mechanisms concerning rheumatic diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis and juvenile idiopathic arthritis, with periodontitis may exhist, some studies have been published with the objective of showing evidences of a possible relationship between these conditions. Rheumatoid arthritis seems to modulate the host's immune mechanisms and may increase the susceptibility of adults to destructive periodontal disease. Recently evidences showed that also patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis had an increased susceptibility to destructive periodontal disease compared to healthy individuals of the same age. Nevertheless the mechanisms of association of these chronic inflammatory conditions remain unclear. So, this study aims to review literature concerning a possible relationship between chronic arthritis and periodontitis.

Keywords : chronic arthritis; juvenile idiopathic arthritis; periodontitis; rheumatoid arthritis.

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