The Impact of Periodontal Disease

Statistics say that more than half of the men suffering from different forms of erectile dysfunctions show signs of gum inflammation.

Recent researches indicate that men who suffer from chronic periodontal disease are significantly more likely to experience erection issues as well. Scientists are not yet certain which of the two problems may be the cause and which may be the effect, or if the two symptoms should be both effects of a distinct common factor (which could be age, body mass, lifestyle, diabetes, coronary artery disease, etc.); however, they believe that the occurrence of both these symptoms in a significant number of 30+ male subjects is no coincidence at all.

  • What is chronic periodontal disease? The term refers to a class of different infectious diseases commonly associated with gum inflammation. When left untreated, periodontal diseases are likely to induce systemic vascular diseases and this can explain the connection to erection problems.
  • How can health care professionals asses erectile function and gum health? The nature of sexual function can be assessed via specific charts or indexes which are international. Gum health can be evaluated via plaque index, probing, and other specific methods. For more information on the subject, please feel free to ask your dentist.

Whichever the case may be, it is quite obvious that there may a direct correlation between the level of gum’s health in men over 30 years of age and the nature of erectile dysfunction. However, as long as there’s no solution to this relation at this point at an international level, various dentists and sexologists offer a solution of compromise in order to reduce the risks associated to these two conditions in the long run:

  1. If you’re a man over 30 and you suffer from periodontal disease, but you haven’t experienced sexual or erectile dysfunctions, it’s still recommended to see a professional in this field and run some tests. Even if the tests turn out well, it is a good idea to repeat these tests every two years. Such an approach would give you an advantage should you develop erectile dysfunction in the future.
  2. Conversely, if you’ve experienced erectile dysfunctions, you should consider a dental check. In this situation, the urgency is not as relevant as it is in the other case, but considering the risks involved, you would be better if you discovered the periodontal disease as soon as it occurs.

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