Prostate symptoms shown to react to gum disease treatment, researchers say

Gum disease possibly has far-reaching implications in male health. Researchers at Case Western Reserve University reported on the school's news blog May 5 that treating gum disease could be key to reducing symptoms of prostate inflammation.

Prostatitis is a disease that inflames the gland that produces semen, a condition that can make urination difficult. Previous studies have found a link between prostatitis and gum disease, CWRU says in its blog. The CWRU study, a joint effort between its dental school and the Departments of Urology and Pathology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center, determined that treating gum disease could positively affect prostatitis symptoms.

"This study shows that if we treat gum disease, it can improve symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who have the disease," said Dr. Nabil Bissada, chair of Case Western Reserve's Department of Periodontics and the study's corresponding author.

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a systemic condition that can cause inflammation in various parts of the body, according to Dr. Bissada. Previously, the dental school also uncovered links between gum disease and fetal deaths, rheumatoid arthritis and heart disease.

Dr. Bissada hopes to make periodontal treatment a standard part of treating prostate disease, much like cardiac patients are often encouraged to visit their dentist before undergoing heart procedures and a dental checkup is advised for women who are pregnant or considering pregnancy, the website article says.

The ADA consumer website MouthHealthy.org has more information on the health impact of gum disease. Search under A-Z Topics from the homepage.

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