Don’t let poor dental hygiene ‘gum up’ your sex life

July 13, 2018

If you sex life has been slacking off lately, something may literally be “gumming up the works.” A study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology (2018;45:791-798) reveals that men with severe gum disease are more than twice as likely to suffer from impotence as those with healthy teeth and gums.

In the first study of its kind that involved a European population of more than 150 men, researchers determined that about three out of four men (74%) who had erectile dysfunction also had poor oral health.

Dr Nigel Carter, CEO of the UK’s Oral Health Foundation, says, “As startling as these findings may be, it may turn out to be a wake-up call for men to start paying greater attention to their oral health—particularly their gums.

“In recent years, gum disease has been linked with conditions such as diabetes, stroke, and heart disease—but an increased risk of coming up short in the bedroom may be the final straw for men who might have been reluctant to spend a little extra time looking after their gums.”

Gum disease happens when the tissues supporting the teeth swell and become sore or infected. If you fail to treat it in it’s early stages, the disease will continue to worsen, and can result in tooth loss.

The research found that treating gum disease by reducing inflammation of the gums can result in improved erectile function.

Research contact: mail@dentalhealth.org

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