Autoimmunity and the oral cavity

Reilly, R. J.R., Johnston, W. and Culshaw, S. (2019) Autoimmunity and the oral cavity. Current Oral Health Reports, 6(1), pp. 1-8. (doi: 10.1007/s40496-019-0203-9)

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Purpose of Review: This review aims to make the oral health practitioner and researcher aware of autoimmune diseases that present in the mouth and have implications for oral health. Specifically, the autoimmune pathophysiology, examples of treatments, sequelae, and impact on oral health will be discussed. The limitations of our current knowledge and understanding of these diseases will also be highlighted. Recent Findings: Over the past decade, it has become clear that there is a bidirectional relationship between oral health and autoimmune disease at other body sites; including diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. Improving the oral health of patients with autoimmune diseases may reduce morbidity associated with such diseases. Summary: Autoimmune diseases impact the oral cavity both directly and indirectly and are increasing in prevalence. As such, there is a growing need for the oral health practitioners to be aware of how autoimmune disease impacts the oral cavity. Further research is necessary to improve our understanding of the bidirectional relationship between oral health and autoimmune disease.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Reilly, Dr Robert and Culshaw, Professor Shauna
Authors: Reilly, R. J.R., Johnston, W., and Culshaw, S.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection Immunity and Inflammation
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Current Oral Health Reports
ISSN (Online):2196-3002
Published Online:02 February 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Authors
First Published:First published in Current Oral Health Reports 6(1): 1-8
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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