But as it turns out, taking care of your oral health is not necessarily only about looks. In some cases, it may help individuals become more fertile. Studies done the past few years on this subject, appear to support this. Interestingly enough, it is not only for women, but men as well. It turns out that men who have bad teeth or gum disease, also have sperm and semen health that is poor. At the same time, females take longer to conceive if they are not taking good care of their teeth.
In one research, more than 250 women who were healthy were studied. These were females who were not pregnant and were looking to conceive. In order to see how oral health impacted their fertility, the women were tracked for a full year. What they found turned out to be quite startling. For example, issues related to periodontal diseases were examined. They included issues such as tender, swollen and red gums as well as porphyromas gingivalis. Those women who had higher amounts of serum and salivary antibodies fared better than their counterparts.
It turns out that those with better oral wellness also had a higher sperm count. Not just that, but the sperm’s motility rate was also higher. Even the shape of the sperm appeared to be different. Males with better oral hygiene and care showed normal sperm morphology.
Overall, there have been various studies dealing with oral health and fertility. In most of them, both men and women who took better care of their teeth performed better. That means those who treated their dental infections saw their semen health improve — the same for those with cavities and other oral issues. There are a few theories as to why bad oral wellness is connected to decreased fertility rates. Experts believe that infections such as tooth decay can have advert effects. A person’s immunological response could be forced to work overtime. As a result of fighting these infections in the mouth, other parts of that need attention are ignored. In addition, the bacteria in the mouth may affect other parts of the body.