“For me, swelling gums is the first indication of an impending flare.” — Ruth DeVitt
The symptoms of RA can also contribute to dental problems. RA in the jaw joints may make it difficult to open your mouth fully. Likewise, pain in the hands, elbows, and shoulders can make brushing your teeth a challenge. When your body places limitations on your ability to take care of your oral health, it can have consequences, such as an increase in cavities and gum inflammation.