Research has revealed yet again the deep connection between our oral health and our overall systemic health. A recent study found that treating periodontal disease, or gum disease, can reduce symptoms of the prostate-inflaming condition known as prostatitis.
Untreated gum disease has been linked to a number of dental health problems and an increased risk for other medical conditions including hypertension and heart attack. If you experience gum pain, bleeding gums, receding gums, or overgrown gums, please call Austin, Texas, dentist Dr. Dan Matthews at 512-452-2273 to schedule your personal consultation.
Periodontal Disease and the Prostate
Previous research has indicated a link between gum disease and inflammation of the small gland that is responsible for producing semen. Referred to as prostatitis, this inflammation can make urination difficult and painful.
Prostatitis can affect men of all ages, but it is more common among men ages 50 and older. It and other prostate conditions, including prostate cancer, have become especially common among aging baby boomers.
The condition is typically treatable with antibiotics, although alpha blockers or anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed. According to the findings of a recent study, treating any present periodontal disease may also help reduce the symptoms of prostatitis.
Treating Gum Disease and Prostatitis
Researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine, along with partners from the departments of urology and pathology at the Case Medical Center, found that treating periodontal disease improved the symptoms associated with prostatitis.
The study focused on 27 male patients ages 21 and older found to have biomarkers for prostate inflammation and cancer. Researchers found that those treated for gum disease, but not treated for prostate inflammation symptoms, demonstrated diminishing levels of the associated biomarkers. Those who had previously reported difficulty or discomfort during urination indicated those effects lessened after gum disease treatment.
Preventing Periodontal Disease
The best way to avoid the health problems associated with gum disease is to prevent gum disease itself.
This includes a good daily dental hygiene routine and regular check-ups and teeth cleanings with your dentist. One additional tool for preventing and treating gum disease is Perio Protect, which medicates your gums against the bacteria that cause periodontal disease.
To learn more about gum disease prevention and treatment, please contact Dan Matthews, DDS, online or call our office at 512-452-2273. Dr. Matthews welcomes patients from and visitors to the greater Austin, Texas, area.