Study Shows Link between Gum Health and Erectile Dysfunction
Did you know that your male partner’s oral health is highly connected to their penile function? For one, men who don’t floss their teeth are more likely to have impotence issues. New research shows that gum health and erectile dysfunction are linked.
Gum Health and Erectile Dysfunction
A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that bleeding gums can provide a major warning sign of erectile dysfunction. Severe gum disease, which is a common cause for bleeding gums, increases the risks that males will be unable to get their penis up.
The current study conducted by researchers from the Inonu University, Turkey. The researchers looked into a group of men with erectile dysfunction and a group of men without erectile dysfunction. They found that 53% of those with erectile dysfunction had severe gum disease, while only 23% of those without erectile dysfunction had severe gum disease.
According to the researchers, when people suffer from gum disease, bacteria from their mouth can enter the bloodstream. Once inside the bloodstream, these bacteria can affect the blood vessels and arteries. This can cause the vessels and arteries to harden and narrow, which in turn increases the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Furthermore, the research findings suggest that the bacteria may trigger a harmful immune system response, causing blood vessels to become inflamed, or contribute to the fatty deposits in arteries.
Erectile Problems Preventable with Oral Hygiene
Dr. Nigel Carter, who is the chief executive of the British Dental Health Foundation, comments of the research findings by highlighting overall oral health.
“The link may seem frivolous, but the research clearly points to severe gum disease as a possible cause of erectile dysfunction. Not only does oral health become a problem, self-confidence, esteem and relationships could suffer, too.”
Also, Dr. Carter shares how gum diseases can be prevented with proper oral hygiene.
“To avoid it even becoming an issue, there are a number of things you can do to stop gum disease from developing. Removing food stuck in between your teeth close to gum lines is a really important step to preventing gum disease. Using interdental brushes or flossing is the best way of doing this. Brushing alone only cleans 60% of the tooth’s surface, so this is an excellent way of keeping plaque – the cause of gum disease – at bay.”
The findings on gum health and erectile dysfunction should be enough motivation for you and your man to never miss a day of brushing and flossing.