Guys who suffer from erectile dysfunction have a lot to worry about. ED can cause lowered self esteem, reduced confidence, embarrassment, depression, and a wide range of relationship problems. And while there are plenty of different things to think about when you’re suffering from ED, one thing that’s often overlooked is so far removed from the problem that most people simply wouldn’t think there is a connection at all. But the fact is that chronic periodontitis gum disease is actually connected to erectile dysfunction.
A recent study revealed that men who have erectile dysfunction are actually three times more likely to have this type of gum disease than men who don’t have erection problems. A study of 162 men discovered that 53 percent of men with gum disease also had erectile dysfunction. That’s a huge margin, and it seems to suggest that periodontal health could have a direct impact on your sexual performance, surprising as it may sound.
The main connection between the two is inflammation. Chronic periodontitis involves mild to severe inflammation in the gums. This inflammation is essentially the body’s immune system doing its job, but the issue is that when gum disease is ignored, the immune system can go into overdrive. Pathogens within the mouth will be attacked, and in the process bacteria may end up entering the bloodstream. Once there, they could do damage to blood vessels and impede circulation. When you consider that most erectile dysfunction is caused by reduced blood flow into the penis, it makes sense that gum disease and ED are linked.
Of course, this is just one study, albeit one that has revealed an interesting possibility and one more way for men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction to work towards overcoming the problem. Cutting out things like smoking, drinking, and obesity is important as well, but it now seems that maintaining good oral health is also a big part of fighting erectile dysfunction. It’s actually one of the few risk factors that are fairly easy to keep in check.
Right now, more than 150 million men around the world suffer from erectile dysfunction. And more than 30 million men in America suffer from gum disease. With evidence growing that periodontal disease and erectile dysfunction are closely connected, there’s never been a better time to focus on good oral hygiene. It not only influences the way you look and the impressions others have of you, but it could help you in the bedroom as well.