Start Brushing and Flossing
How does a man keep his significant other happy? Scientific studies show he should start with brushing his teeth and flossing regularly. According to The Journal of Sexual Medicine, men who suffer from ED are three times more likely to exhibit gum disease, in comparison to men who don’t have ED.
The Erectile Dysfunction Study Results
Dr. Hauser came across a study regarding the link between erectile dysfunction and poor oral hygiene. Performed by Turkish researchers, data showed that 53% of male patients who have ED had chronic gum disease. This was compared to the 23% of men with erectile dysfunction who did not exhibit periodontal problems.
This study was performed on 82 men free from gum disease and 80 with chronic periodontitis. Please note that the research was limited to men between 30 to 40 years of age to rule out the age factor. Since smoking is another causative factor, the researchers made sure that none of the subjects were smokers.
The researchers went to great lengths to check for links to other factors, like BMI, education status and even household income. Unfortunately, the data gathered proved that there truly is a link between erectile dysfunction and chronic gum disease.
How Is ED and Gum Disease Related?
Dr. Hauser tells his patients that, while the mouth and reproductive organs are far apart, they are linked by the blood supply. Inflammation is part of our body’s response to pathogens. Thus, a person with gum disease should have the problem treated as soon as possible.
One of the first signs of gum disease is bleeding gingival tissue. The onset of bacteria will trigger swelling as the immune cells act upon the foreign bodies trying to destroy them. However, some bacteria will be able to gain entry to the bloodstream and destroy blood vessels.
Erectile dysfunction is caused by impaired blood circulation in the penis. Therefore, gum disease can most definitely be linked to this condition, especially in older individuals.
Prevention Is the Key
A study by the Center for Disease Control shows that out of all Americans age 30 and above, half of the population has some form of gum disease and 56% of them are men. This is something that should alarm people, considering the fact that we live in one of the most prosperous nations in the world.
Dr. Hauser tells his patients that one of the best ways to prevent erectile dysfunction is to prioritize their oral health. This means visiting the dentist at least twice a year, brushing twice daily and flossing at the same time. He tells male patients to schedule an appointment right away if they notice any signs of gum disease.
Gum discoloration, pain, bleeding and inflammation are telltale signs of gum disease. This should be treated right away to prevent ED and a slew of systemic conditions.
Erectile dysfunction is preventable if you want to take better care of your health. If you would like to know more about maintaining perfect gum health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Hauser of Lakefront Family Dentistry. You can call (951) 244-9495 or go online right now and make an appt.