Scientists from the Bikur Holim Hospital in Jerusalem and the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Dental Medicine have discovered that infertile men are more likely to have chronic gum infections than those with healthy sperm. Dr Shonberger, director of the fertility clinic at the hospital, and Dr Klinger, a periodontal specialist at the school, arrived at that conclusion after studying 56 men, aged 23 to 52, who had come to the fertility lab for sperm analysis.
About 13 per cent of the subjects in the three-year pilot study had healthy gums, 50 per cent were diagnosed with gingivitis, 32 per cent with chronic periodontitis, and five per cent with aggressive periodontitis. According to them, 65 per cent of the patients with low sperm counts suffered from gingivitis as compared to only 48 per cent among those with normal sperm, and half of those with no sperm had chronic periodontitis.
Due to the low number of study subjects this study can be best considered a pilot study. A larger longer term study would be appropriate to further study the effect that chronic gum infections have on fertility and dental health.
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