Approximately 3 million American men have prostate disease in some form. For men under the age of 50, the most common form is prostatitis. Prostatitis is an inflammation of the prostate most commonly caused by a bacterial infection. So why is a periodontist talking about prostates? The link might surprise you.
In a recent study by Case Western Reserve University, 27 men with elevated prostate-specific antigen (PSA) levels and moderate to severe periodontal disease were tracked over the course of a year. While the periodontal disease was treated, the prostatitis was not. At the end of the study it was found that:
- 21 out of 27 men saw a decrease in their PSA levels
- Those with the highest levels of PSA saw the greatest improvement following periodontal treatment
- Treating gum disease improves prostatitis
- Periodontal treatment should become a standard of care in patients with prostate issues
Connecting periodontitis to disease in other parts of the body is nothing new. It has also been linked to cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes. This study just confirms that good oral hygiene doesn’t just save your teeth and gums—it could save your life.
Your best defense against gum disease is to follow a daily oral hygiene routine at home that includes daily brushing and flossing accompanied by twice-yearly dental exams with professional cleanings.
Early symptoms of gum disease include puffy gums, bleeding while brushing and teeth that appear longer than they used to. If you are noticing any of these occuring in your mouth or you are being treated for prostate disease, you’ll want to schedule a comprehensive oral health evaluation from the board-certified periodontists at Anthem Periodontics and Dental Implants right away. During this visit we can assess the level of your gum disease and create an individualized treatment plant to not just improve your oral health but also protect the health of your whole body. Contact us today.