Gum Disease and Prostate Problems

Friday, May 8th, 2015, 4:32 pm

Everything in our body is linked. A new report from Caste Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine found that treating gum disease reduced symptoms of prostate inflammation. Previous studies had found links between gum disease and prostatitis which is a disease that inflames the prostate gland.

Study author Nabil Bissada said “This study shows that if we treat the gum disease, it can improve the symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who have the disease.” Bissada explained that gum disease is a system-wide condition that causes inflammation, not only in the mouth, but throughout other parts of the body.

Study participants had a needle biopsy that confirmed inflammation of the prostate and a blood test that showed elevated PSA levels, an indicator of inflammation and possible cancer. The men also had moderate to severe gum disease which was treated. After 1 to 2 months the men were tested again and showed improvement. During the treatment for the gum disease the men received no treatment for their prostate problems, but even without treatment, 21 of 27 men showed decreased PSA levels. The researchers are continuing their study and hope to make periodontal treatment a standard part of treating prostate disease.

Men are not the only ones to benefit from healthy gums. The inflammation from gum disease has been shown to affect rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease and even fetal health.

Keep your gums (and your body) free from inflammation by brushing, flossing and visiting your dental hygienist regularly. If you have been told you have gum disease it needs to be treated. We used to think that gum disease led to tooth loss and that was pretty much it – now we know that untreated gum disease can have terrible consequences for overall health.

Please contact Wilbanks Smile Center in Toccoa, GA today at 706-391-8777 to schedule your next visit.

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