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Men who lack good oral hygiene may pay for their negligence with poor prostate or heart health
Updated: 5/17/2011 7:00:01 PM

Keeping gums healthy may be key for prostate wellness When it comes to general hygiene, many people think that women take better care of their bodies, compared to men. This may be true, but males who neglect to take care of their dental health are risking more than just bragging rights.

While gum disease has been linked to several serious health conditions, the investigators found that among a group of men with either mild or severe prostatitis - an enlarged prostate gland resulting in painful and difficult urination - those with the chronic form were more likely to have gum disease.

The dental experts explained that this connection may be due to inflammation, since this has been identified as the source of puffy, irritated gums in individuals with gingivitis, as well as the swollen, tender prostates in males with severe postatitis.

According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, more than 8 percent of American adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have periodontal disease.

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