Prostatitis, an inflammation of the prostate, can make it hard to urinate and may lead to pain and frequent bladder infections. But for many men, there can be a quick fix.
A study at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine shows that treating gum disease can clear up problems with prostatitis.
Their research implicated gum disease in rheumatoid arthritis. And other research has already shown the connection between gum disease and prostatitis. And a growing body of research has linked gum infections to a wide array of inflammatory health problems like heart disease. It has also been coupled to osteoporosis in post-menopausal women.
“This study shows that if we treat the gum disease, it can improve the symptoms of prostatitis and the quality of life for those who have the disease,” says researcher Nabil Bissada, who is with Case Western Reserve’s Department of Periodontics.
In this latest study, most of the men with prostatitis who were treated for gum disease (also called periodontitis), had relief from many of their urinary tract problems without even having direct treatment of the prostate.
To keep your gums healthier, many experts recommend taking CoQ10. Researchers in India explain that CoQ10 acts as an antioxidant and “bioenergizer” that helps gum tissue fight off pathogenic microbes.
They also warn that as you get older, your levels of CoQ10 drop, meaning that you are more likely to need supplements to keep enough of this important nutrient in your body. And they say that taking vitamin C and E along with CoQ10 provides extra beneficial antioxidant support.