A recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has revealed that men with severe gum disease are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction, inability to get or maintain erection.
Researchers from Inonu University analyzed 80 men with erectile dysfunction and 82 men without any dysfunction. The participants aged between 30 and 40 years old. It was found that nearly 53% of the participants with erectile dysfunction suffered from gum disease.
Scientists explain that the bacteria in gums slowly enter the bloodstream and thereby spread through all the blood vessels. Bacterial infection hardens the blood vessels and arteries. Hardening of arteries in the penis impairs erection. It has also been shown by previous researches that gum disease leads to heart diseases.
According to Dr. Fatih Oguz, lead study author, aging, smoking, diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease are the risk factors for erectile dysfunction and chronic gum disease.
Poor oral health apart from causing other disorders also affects self-esteem and confidence.
Hence, brushing and flossing regularly is highly recommended to keep gum disease at bay.