If you are male and haven’t remembered to go to the dentist as often as you should, a recent study may make you want to reconsider your position. We know that living and working in the Perth market can be a drain and that you might think you “don’t have enough time” to go to the dentist, but science is beginning to show links between gum disease and a lot of other serious medical conditions. One of those is prostate disease.
Gum Disease and Prostate Disease: The Relationship
The most recent study was performed by the School of Dental Medicine and both the Pathology and Urology departments of the University Hospitals at Case Western University in the US. The links between gum disease and prostate disease are already well-documented, but this study actually showed that treating gum disease can also help improve the symptoms and indicators of prostate disease.
The disease in question, prostatitis, is an inflammation of the prostate that makes urination difficult. Reducing inflammation in the prostate greatly improves the quality of life for those who suffer from prostatitis.
Details of the Study
The study was performed on 27 men who had symptoms of prostatitis and were 21 years of age or older. All had been given needle biopsies to confirm prostatitis symptoms and all had elevated levels of PSA (prostate specific antigen), which is a sign of prostate cancer.
The men were given a test to determine their International Prostate Symptom Score test, which measures quality of life in prostate disease patients. 21 of the participants had mild inflammation or no discernable inflammation, but 15 of them were found to have malignancies. Two of the subjects had inflammation and a malignancy. They also had gum disease and at least 18 teeth.
The men were put on a regimen of periodontal care. 21 of the 27 decreased their PSA levels, even though they received no treatment for prostatitis. The higher the level of inflammation, the more the patients benefitted.
If you are male, we recommend starting a dental plan as early as possible. It may keep you from developing prostate disease.
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