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Could Your Prostate Problems Be Caused by Untreated Gum Disease?


Posted on 2/21/2022 by Dr. Dennison
Could Your Prostate Problems Be Caused by Untreated Gum Disease?If gum disease is untreated, it increases the chances of prostate cancer. There is a direct link between these two conditions, meaning they affect each other directly. Research and sufficient evidence show that untreated gum disease makes a person vulnerable to prostate cancer. Therefore, if you have constant prostate problems, untreated gum disease could be influencing the condition.

Prostate Cancer and Gum Disease


There are many studies and reports linking gum disease to prostate cancer. One condition significantly influences the possibility of getting another. One recent study established that individuals with untreated gum disease are more likely to develop gingivitis, a form of gum disease. The report further indicates that when gingivitis is treated, it reduces the symptoms of gum disease and stabilizes the condition. Treating gum disease also helps lower the PSA levels in individuals with both periodontitis and prostatitis.

The connection between gum disease and prostate cancer is based on microbes found in both parts of the body. The periodontal pathogens harbor LPS endotoxins and trigger immune pathways. Once they are activated, they cause a unique process called downstream synthesis. They also trigger the release of pro-inflammatory mediators that could cause prostate cancer. This happens when the mediators enter the systemic circulation and increase systemic inflammatory. This is what increases the risk of developing prostate cancer.

While fitness and a good diet are good ways to prevent prostate cancer, they might not be enough to get the job done. This is because a connection with gum disease could also trigger this condition. Therefore, you need to take good care of your gums. If you have gum disease, come in for treatment right away. Contact us for more information on the connection between prostate cancer and gum disease.
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