Environmental factors are believed to play a major role in the pathogenesis of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Current studies examine how smoking, food, drugs and infections may interact with the Microbiome to set off and maintain active disease.
Dental hygiene (or the lack thereof) may be a source of infections driving autoimmune and autoinflammatory diseases, including RA. Time to see your dentist, and regularly.
Smoking is so bad for so many things. In the case of RA, one way it can affect disease is through alteration of the Microbiome in the mouth.
A closer look at the bugs in our gut, in health and in disease. RA, in this case.