Treating gum disease can reduce inflammation in the body, and it could be a way of reversing arthritis and heart disease. And a new study demonstrates that it's an effective way to treat prostate inflammation, or prostatitis.
With prostatitis, the prostate gland becomes inflamed, and urination can be difficult or painful. It can heal in time, but drugs such as antibiotics, painkillers and anti-inflammatories are commonly prescribed to help treat it.
But researchers from Case Western Reserve University have successfully treated the problem by reducing gum disease and inflammation.
In a study of 27 men with prostatitis, all had moderate to severe gum disease. During the eight-week study period, they were treated for gum disease, but not for their prostatitis, and yet 21 of the 27 men had lower levels of PSA (an inflammation marker of the prostate gland) afterwards. Those with the highest levels of inflammation benefited the most, and their symptoms improved or disappeared altogether. Just six of the men said there had been no improvement in their prostatitis.
(Source: Dentistry, 2015; 05(03); doi: 10.45172/2161-1122.1000284)