Prostate Health May Be Linked to Periodontal Health

A good oral hygiene routine may reduce your risk of prostatitis.

A good oral hygiene routine may reduce your risk of prostatitis.

Researchers continue to uncover evidence linking oral health and overall health and the latest example examines the possible relationship between periodontitis and prostatitis.

What is periodontitis?
Periodontitis is a common but serious gum infection that destroys the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth and is often the result of poor oral hygiene. Symptoms include swollen and sensitive gums, loosening of teeth and bad breath. Periodontitis can cause tooth loss and has been linked to an increased risk of heart attack or stroke and other serious health problems. You can get Periodontal Disease from Plaque, so it’s a good idea to try and keep your teeth and gums clean as often as possible.

What is prostatitis?
Prostatitis is swelling and inflammation of the prostate gland, a walnut-size gland associated with the male reproductive system. Symptoms include pain or burning when urinating, difficulty urinating, frequent urination and pain in the abdomen, groin or lower back. In many cases of prostatitis, the cause is not identified. When a cause is identified, a bacterial infection is often the culprit. Immune system disorders, nervous system disorders or injury to the prostate area can also cause prostatitis. I’ve heard that some are seeing positive results from supplements similar to prostagenix when it comes to managing an enlarged prostate.

What is the relation between periodontitis and prostate health?
Prostate-specific antigen (PSA) is an enzyme created in the prostate that is normally secreted in very small amounts. When the prostate becomes inflamed, infected or affected by cancer, PSA levels rise. Research has shown that men with indicators of periodontal disease and prostatitis have higher levels of PSA than men with only one of these conditions.

In one such study by Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, researchers selected 35 men, most of them patients who had mild to severe periodontitis and in some cases, also suffered from prostate cancer. All had not had dental work done for at least three months and were given an exam to measure their gum health. The results found that those patients with the most severe form of prostatitis also showed signs of periodontitis.

What can we do to decrease our risk?
Risk factors for prostatitis include:

  • Being a young or middle-ages man
  • Having a bladder or urethra infection
  • Not drinking enough fluids
  • Having unprotected sex
  • Using an urinary catheter

The most important thing you can do to reduce your risk of periodontitis is to maintain a good oral hygiene routine:

  • Brush twice a day and floss once daily.
  • Schedule regular dental check-ups so your dentist or hygienist can examine your teeth, plaque levels and gums and evaluate any risk factors you may have for periodontal disease.

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8 Responses to “Prostate Health May Be Linked to Periodontal Health”

  1. Laura
    06/12/2017 at 7:05 am #

    My brother died at age 59 from prostate cancer. He may have kept info from us about how long back he has the issues with his prostate. He had a 1970’s mindset about caner which might have killed him. He put off getting the tests and the treatment. My bro was one of the strongest people I know physically. At the end as the cancer spread to his eye and face and wasted him away-he still built shelves and did yard work. In fact he somehow raked the backyard of leaves the day before going into the final stages toward death. A week earlier he installed a bathroom shelf with my help.

    Please, death from this is usually preventable-get the tests, get the treatment. My bro died in 2013 but may have symptoms as early as 1999.

    • Caroline Jacobson →
      06/12/2017 at 10:41 am #

      I’m so sorry to hear about your brother, Laura, but very much appreciate you sharing your story. It was very touching to read. Thank you.

  2. Laura
    06/12/2017 at 7:06 am #

    Wanted to add one more thing. My bro had terrible dental pain for several years before his diagnosis of prostate cancer/ After reading this article I wonder if it may have been related.

  3. Anuj Gupta
    06/13/2017 at 1:38 am #

    That’s strange and new to hear. Didn’t know that Periodontal has a role associated with prostate problem. Thanks for the post it was really helpful and new to hear.

  4. Taylor Anderson
    08/30/2018 at 10:29 am #

    It’s so interesting that prostatitis could be caused by immune system disorders. My father has been having some prostate issues, so I think he should be screened for cancer. Do you have any tips for finding a great prostate doctor in his area?

    • Ryan Boulding →
      09/10/2018 at 8:39 am #

      Soliciting opinions from friends and family members is always a great start for finding any new provider, Taylor.

  5. Barry
    12/15/2018 at 4:25 pm #

    Was told about gum disease early in life. To proud to pay attention to the relationship between dental care and apparently your entire body. Been having teeth leave me like old friends. Diagnosed last year with local prostate cancer. Completed radiation therapy and currently on hormones treatment. Need to lose another tooth right now. Hope that everyone who reads this pay attention. Your dentist is very important in to you in your youth. Don’t wait until later in life to become proactive. It’s costly and painful.

    • Ryan Boulding →
      12/17/2018 at 11:46 am #

      Thanks for sharing your story, Barry. We hope you have a solid recovery!

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