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Men and Gum Health: How your gums can affect your groin

It is common knowledge, amongst the medical research world, that most studies have been performed on males, humans or other animals, with very few exceptions, one of which is the link between periodontal disease (or health) on women.

So it was really nice the other day to listen to the latest podcast from the European Federation of Periodontology (EFP) with the title: ‘Men’s perio health: from gum to groin’.

You can listen to it on several platforms, like Spotify, or directly following the link below:

https://www.efp.org/efp-virtual/perio-talks-podcasts/mens-perio-health-from-gum-to-groin/?utm_source=NL&utm_campaign=NLNOV23&utm_id=NLNOV23

The main points, from gum to groin

But if you are not as dedicated to dentistry, as I am, and you do ‘have a (normal) life’ with no spare 45 minutes, here is a summary of the main points.

  • Gum disease appears to be more common with men rather than women, with no apparent reason. The researchers mentioned that men tend to avoid medical care more often than women and this may play its role.
  • There is good association between gum disease and diabetes, which is heavily linked with erectile dysfunction.
  • Some research shows that periodontal disease reduces sperm quality.
  • Some studies suggest that inflamed gums may affect the performance of elite athletes.
  • STDs can be transmitted by the mouth and can affect the gums, but the latter is rather rare nowadays.
  • There is some connection between periodontal inflammation and Benign Prostate Hyperplasia (BPH). Though there is no good evidence that gum disease may be connected to prostate cancer, it is important to keep in mind that cancer generally thrives in inflammation.

 

So what can men do for their gums to keep their groin healthy?

 

  • Make sure you keep your gums healthy and if you already suffer from gum disease, keep it well controlled. Yes, this is possible.
  • Avoid tobacco and alcohol.
  • If you suffer from diabetes or other metabolic and inflammatory diseases, make a serious effort to control them.
  • Most importantly, prevent disease and aging. Consider intermittent fasting, exercise frequently and preferably in nature, get enough (7 hours minimum) sleep and stop ‘chasing the rat’.


Finally, make sure you visit your dentist regularly to maintain your oral health.

Here at Bridgeways we have a great team of clinicians to take care of your periodontal health and provide gum disease treatment from the simple case to the very advanced.

Katie Radford and Angelika Kubuszek are our experienced hygienists with expertise in gum treatment, led by Dr George Margaritis who holds a Master of Science with Distinction in Periodontics.