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Men’s Prostate Health Linked to Oral Health

Sep 30, 2019 04:18PM ● By Maureen Cary

          Inflammatory diseases affecting the prostate can have a negative effect on men’s health.  Many studies have been conducted to demonstrate the bi-directional relationship between oral health and systemic health. Much of the current research being conducted shows there are important similarities between the presence of periodontal disease and its impact on systemic health. Research has indicated that oral bacteria associated with inflammation and gum disease can survive in the blood stream and be easily disseminated to distant sites and attach to other organs in the body, including the prostate gland.

          A study, published in the Journal of Periodontology, September 2017, isolated oral bacterial DNA found in plaque below the gumline from prostatic secretions in individuals with chronic inflammation of the prostate. Although the research is still ongoing, good oral self-care along with professional care to ensure gum health can help reduce overall systemic inflammation and help prostate health.

 Source: Dr. John Broderick and Dr. Scott Fertik, specialists in periodontology at Peridontics Inc., in Providence and Cumberland. For more information, visit