Men with the most severe form of prostatitis also showed signs of periodontitis, raising the possibility that the inflammation characterizing the two conditions may be related.

In an online report publish in the Journal of Periodontology, Nabil F. Bassada, DDS, MSD, of Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine in Cleveland, and colleagues noted that in their small study of 35 men, those with moderate or severe prostatitis and poor periodontal health had significantly higher mean PSA levels than those with neither or only one condition.