Periodontal disease is higher in men (56.4 percent) than in women (38.4 percent), and men have a higher incidence of issues such as dental plaque and tartar, and bleeding on probing.
But periodontal health for men is extremely important. One of the reasons is that studies have found a link between gum disease and prostatitis, a disease that inflames the prostate gland. The prostate gland helps to control urination, and it forms part of the content of semen.
Supporting these previous studies is research conducted recently by scientists from Case Western University School of Dental Medicine. They found that treating gum disease helped reduce and symptoms of prostatitis and could improve the quality of life for those who have the disease.
Gum disease is a system-wide condition that can cause inflammation not only in the mouth but also in other parts of the body, linking it to diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, heart disease and other conditions.
When the prostate becomes inflamed, infected, or affected by cancer, there is a rise in the level of Prostate-specific antigen (PSA). Research has shown that men with indicators of periodontal disease such as red, swollen or tender gums as well as prostatitis have higher PSA levels than men with only one of the conditions.
After the men in the study were treated for their gum disease—but not for their prostate symptoms—the majority experienced diminishing PSA levels and reduced inflammation and urination issues.
Follow-up research is being conducted to support the Case Western study’s findings in hopes of making periodontal treatment a standard part of treating prostate disease.
Dr. Douglas Angell and the staff at Angell’s Dentistry are committed to helping you keep your mouth healthy. Be sure to tell Dr. Angell if you are being treated for prostate disease, or any other health issues.
Give us a call to schedule an appointment for a dental checkup and be sure to visit our website at: http://www.angellsdentistry.com.