More connections shown between oral hygiene and Erectile Dysfunction

The links between Erectile Dysfunction and heart disease have been studied in great depth in recent years. Many studies have shown that men who struggle to achieve an erection, show early signs of atherosclerosis coronary arteries of the heart. Links have also been established between heart disease and the severe gum disease ‘periodontitis’. This attacks the tissue supporting your teeth and is the result of gingivitis being left untreated. It is a serious condition and can lead to tooth loss, and infection of gums and the jaw bones. Periodontitis is the main culprit for adult tooth loss and it is estimated annually in the United Kingdom that there are six cases of severe periodontitis for every 100,000 people.

However, experts have now analysed the association between heart disease and erectile dysfunction. The latest study follows David Bailey, managing director of Medical Specialists Pharmacy, reporting the issue back in August of 2011 and discussing solutions for men with erectile problems.

Researchers from the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital have cooperated with the Herng-Ching Lin School of Care Administration at Taipei Medical University in Taiwan. Nearly 33,000 Taiwanese males who were suffering from impotence were drafted in for the study together with over 162,000 Taiwanese males who did not have any erectile dysfunction issues. All subjects were tracked for a period of five years in order to sustain any possible link between periodontitis and erectile dysfunction.

To ensure more validity for the data, the researchers considered aspects such as location, alcohol intake, any medical conditions and the male’s level of income. After all this was scrutinised, the results determined that the men with erectile dysfunction were more likely to have gum disease. The links between the two were particularly evident in males aged under 30 years and those over 70. In the group who suffered from impotence, 26.9% (8,825) had been given a diagnosis of periodontitis. This compares with just 9.4% (15,469) developing periodontitis in the large group who did not have impotence.

The evidence highlights the need for everybody to maintain a good level of dental hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day, regular visits to the dentist should ensure healthy gums. Do not worry men – gum disease does not actually cause impotence, but the studies seem to suggest a link between the two conditions and more research will need to be carried out to ascertain why the two may be connected.

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