Autoimmunity and the oral cavity

Robert J.R. Reilly, William Johnston, Shauna Culshaw*

*Corresponding author for this work

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1–8
Number of pages8
JournalCurrent Oral Health Reports
Issue number1
Early online date2 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


  • autoimmune disease
  • oral disease
  • oral health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Microbiology (miscellaneous)
  • Oral Surgery
  • Surgery


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