Clinical Decision Making for Treatment of Patients with RA in a Dental Setting

Careful evaluation, quantification, and ongoing monitoring of periodontal disease and inflammation present in a patient’s mouth and consultation with the patient’s treating physician prior to initiation of periodontal therapy could allow for ideal management of RA and periodontitis in patients with both diseases (Figure 3).

Figure 3. Clinical decision making considerations for patients with RA and periodontitis.97

Figure 3 Clincial decision making considerations for patients with RA and periodontitis