Prostrate Disease and Dentistry
Those with prostrate disease need to be on the lookout for gum disease, according to recent study results conducted by researchers at Case Western Reserve University.
The study involved thirty five patients with prostrate disease, or prostatitis. Those participants with severe prostatitis showed signs of periodontal disease, such as, gum bleeding, and depth in pockets between the teeth and gums. These are the signs of periodontal disease. There is no cure for periodontal disease, but it can be managed to prevent tooth loss over time. Periodontal disease has also been linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, and other quality of life threatening diseases.
Management for gum disease begins at home with a proper dental regimen. This includes:
- Brushing twice day for two minutes each session in a small circular motion reaching the gum line.
- Flossing after brushing once a day or more often if food debris gets caught between teeth.
- Biofilm treatment is a painless approach to help balance good and bad bacteria in the mouth for optimal microflora in the mouth. Biofilm treatment can be found at a select number of dentists’ offices.
- Your dentist may also prescribe additional professional tooth cleanings throughout the year, deep planing and root scaling, periodontal surgery, or laser antibiotic therapy.
If you are interested in general dentistry or cosmetic dentistry, contact Dr. Mark Sweeney, an Austin Texas cosmetic dentist, for a consultation at 512-380-1300.