(Los Angeles, CA) “Male Sub Fertility”…a subject that men don’t know about or don’t like to discuss.
What is it? It isn’t infertility, but it is a reduction of a man’s reproductive capacity.
It can be caused by many factors including a bacterial infection in the male reproductive system. Medical researchers see a direct causal relationship between gum and dental diseases and intra-oral bacteria that is a source of recurrent bacterial contamination of the sperm.
In one person’s mouth, the number of bacteria can easily exceed the number of people who live on Earth! Although many of these bacteria are beneficial, some can be quite harmful. In particular, the bacteria that flourish in your mouth when you have gum disease can permanently damage your guns, as well as the bone and connective tissue that support your teeth. But these bacteria can worsen—or even cause—problems elsewhere in the body, including a male bacterial reproductive system infection.
According to dental clinician, Dr. Robert Gregg, DDS, the bacteria present in the semen (called bacteriospermia) or ejaculate of infected men are often identical to common intra-oral bacteria. “These bacteria can reach the male reproductive organs via the circulatory system and reduce sperm motility,” explains Gregg, who has treated hundreds of men with gum disease.
Listen to Dr. Gregg on Dr. DeSilva radio discussing the oral-systemic connection
“Fortunately, the presence of bacteria in sperm can be eliminated when dental cleanings and directed antibiotic therapy are prescribed, explains Gregg. “After regular dental check-ups, sub-fertile males usually have improved sperm motility, morphology, and density.”
Gregg advises men to get full dental check-ups twice a year. For controlling plaque that builds up and hold the organisms that lead to gum disease, Gregg recommends brushing at least twice each day, flossing at least once a day, and limiting the amount of sugary foods eaten, particularly between meals.
Dr. Robert Gregg, DDS, and Dr. Delwin McCarthy, DDS, practicing general dentist clinicians (Millennium Dental Technologies), revolutionized the treatment of gum disease using lasers instead of scalpels and sutures. Improving on early results, they patented the first laser-assisted gum disease treatment in 1997, and followed up with the world’s first digital dental laser design, the PerioLase™ MVP-7, which won FDA clearance in November 2001.