Men’s Health: Severe Gum Disease Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Is the link between severe gum disease and ED causing your bedroom slump?

Is the link between severe gum disease and erectile dysfunction (ED) causing your bedroom slump?

A toothbrush doesn’t sound like the sexiest thing to pack for an overnight rendezvous but — trust us — it’s more necessary than you might think. A new study in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that periodontitis, a chronic infection of the gums, not only is the main source of bad breath; it also may contribute to erectile dysfunction. Two things that you definitely don’t want to have when wooing a woman.

Researchers at China’s Luzhou Medical College found that rats with periodontitis had less of the enzyme eNOS, which helps males achieve an erection. This supports human research that shows men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to have gum disease than those who don’t have it.

While both studies exhibit a strong link, experts say more studies are needed to identify the exact association between periodontal disease and men’s sexual health.

According to Donald S. Clem, DSS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology, chronic periodontitis may just be a marker for other issues previously linked to ED, like poor nutrition, diabetes and heart disease.

So men, take time to see your dentist twice a year and brush and floss regularly. Taking care of your teeth will help your overall health — and perhaps help you avoid that little blue pill.

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3 Responses to “Men’s Health: Severe Gum Disease Linked to Erectile Dysfunction”

  1. Robin Khan, DDS
    06/06/2013 at 10:34 am #

    Periodontal disease is a major concern for many health related problems. This is one more very good reason for us to communicate the importance of good oral hygiene. It is not just for kids. Useful link to use for my patients.

  2. Paige Miller, DDS →
    06/13/2013 at 1:04 pm #

    Many times the call for health is only heard when other health issues are the result. Wish it did not come to that but that is the case many times in out health care system.

  3. Hoang Truong, DDS
    06/28/2013 at 10:05 am #

    What a great article. I will be sharing this with my patients.

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