HealthDay reported that research published in Dentistry shows that treating gum disease may help reduce symptoms of prostate inflammation. Prostatitis can make urination difficult and mimic symptoms of an enlarged prostate. The link between periodontitis and prostatitis is the increased level of systemic inflammation in periodontal disease. Men who received treatment for gum disease had improved prostate symptoms (21 out of 27). There are also associations between gum disease and premature births, cardiovascular disease, and lung disease.