When we read medical surveys, one topic that is regularly highlighted is the connection between conditions. One such recent condition caught our attention here at Southeast Family Dental in Indianapolis.

This was an admittedly small study—involving 27 men who were all older than 21 and suffered both from prostatitis and severe gum disease. Dr. Nabil Bissada, the chair of periodontics at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, reported that the treatment of gum disease improved both the symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who suffer from it. Prostate gland inflammation can be classified as acute, chronic or asymptomatic, and can also be described as chronic pelvic pain syndrome.

Preventing gum disease

As we are aware, gum disease affects more than just the mouths of sufferers. It is both unpleasant and painful and can also cause inflammation in other parts of the body. With this in mind, below you’ll find three simple and useful tips to help prevent it.

The first key is to recognize that prevention is always preferable to cure; therefore, commit to regular check-up visits with your dentist. Our friendly and highly experienced Southeast Family Dental team works with each individual patient to agree the level of frequency of such checks.

With prevention still in mind, take the time to discuss with your dentist how best to look after your teeth between check-ups. We are always happy to discuss key areas such as brushing and flossing techniques, and the best products to use when undertaking either of these key dental care activities.

Also, make sure to steer clear of the environmental and lifestyle factors that are recognized as contributory factors in the genesis of gum disease. Two of the most common would be smoking and an excess of sugar-rich products. Again, our team is always happy to offer advice on this area when you visit.

Prostate inflammation often makes urination difficult or uncomfortable; therefore, any new information that might help is always welcome. In this, as in many other circumstances, looking after your teeth and gums is one of the simplest actions to take.