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Poor Dental Hygiene Related to Erectile Dysfunction

 

If you don't take care of your mouth, it can affect other part of your body.

Researchers found a strong connection between chronic periodontal disease and erectile dysfunction (ED). Specifically, those with ED were nearly 80 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with chronic periodontal disease than those without ED.

Chronic periodontal disease is a common disease of mouth which includes inflammation of the periodontal tissues. The cause is  large amounts of dental plaque. Gums pull away from the teeth while bacteria increase and spread to the bone in the mouth.

The implications of chronic periodontal disease go far beyond the mouth, however. The associated chronic inflammation may damage endothelial cells which form the lining of your blood vessels. This includes the blood vessels in the penis, resulting in impaired blood flow, and ED.

The erectile dysfunction may be helped by one or more treatments to the oral cavity: dental cleanings, gum surgery, or perhaps even tooth extraction. Ongoing teeth cleaning may also be prudent.

The study was published in the publication Andrologia.

 

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