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10 Tips to Increase Fertility for Men

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Updated May 16, 2014

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Tip #9 to Increase Fertility: Keep Your Teeth and Gums Healthy
Regular dental check-ups may help to protect your fertility.

Regular dental check-ups will keep your teeth and gums healthier, and may even help to protect your fertility.

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Keeping your teeth and gums healthy may help increase your fertility. Who knew?

Bacteriospermia, or the presence of bacteria in semen, has been linked to male infertility. In an interesting research study, 23% of men with bacteria present in their semen did not improve after treatment with antibiotics alone.

The researchers conducted dental exams on some of the men who did not improve with antibiotics, and found untreated dental problems present in all of them.

In a test group, the patients' dental problems were treated. In a control group, the dental problems were not addressed.

Six months after dental treatment, researchers tested the semen again. Two-thirds of the test group had improved semen health, while those in the control group who had not been treated still had poor semen health.

Increasing your fertility is just one more reason to make the dreaded trip to the dentist every six months.

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