Dental hygiene may be key for lupus

Good oral hygiene prevents cavities. Now, new research suggests it also may make a difference in preventing and managing lupus and other diseases.

Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientists Umesh Deshmukh and Harini Bagavant have found a link between gum disease and lupus, an autoimmune disease.

“Our findings suggest a simple message: If there is good dental care, patients have a good chance of experiencing less severe disease,” Bagavant said. “With further research, we might be able to tell if proper oral health has the potential to help prevent these diseases altogether.”

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