Oh, do we have your attention now? As science looks more closely at why we are the way we are, more and more conclusive evidence is linking good dental health to good overall health, and certainly vice versa. Some convincing preliminary research in Taiwan and other countries like Israel and Turkey suggest that dental disease is closely linked to erectile dysfunction (ED). In the study conducted in Taiwan, 79 percent of men with ED were likely to have also been diagnosed with chronic periodontal disease (CPD). It’s nothing short of surprising that there is so much synergy between your teeth, gums, and your vitality.
On this Valentine’s Day, we thought it would be important for our male patients to know about CPD and how that can affect your performance in multiple areas, not just in the bedroom, but in your daily life. Those who’ve not been into Bedford Dental Group for a checkup lately might want to take heed and schedule that next checkup today.
CPD (also referred to as chronic periodontitis) is a fairly common disease. It’s one of those things that you think will never happen to you, but you’d be surprised to find that some of the people in your life might even be living with it. CPD occurs in the oral cavity; it’s a chronic (meaning “persistent,” or “constantly recurring”) condition that consists of inflammation of your periodontal tissues (your gums), which is brought on by plaque accumulation over time. CPD causes your gums to pull away from your teeth, exposing deep pockets where bacteria love to grow and spread into bone surrounding the teeth. We could write an entire blog about the way periodontitis affects your teeth and mouth, but we’ll focus more on how it can affect your sex drive since it’s rather timely during this lover’s holiday.
Now, on to how periodontitis directly affects your ability to perform. Chronic inflammation caused by gum disease can damage endothelial cells, cells that form a lining on all of the body’s blood vessels, even those in those parts only we save for only our Valentines. If left alone, endothelial damage can impair your blood flow, resulting in erectile dysfunction, since it takes healthy blood flow to achieve an erection.
Fret not if you suffer from CPD, because studies have also found that improving the gums can also improve erectile dysfunction. That’s why it’s important to never give up on your oral health. It’s never too late to start taking care of our teeth, our gums, and therefore ourselves. A study in Turkey involving 120 patients with moderate to severe ED coupled with periodontitis found that the half who received treatment reported increased erectile functionality after just three months.
It’s important not to put your teeth on the back burner. Like anything else, if you ignore the routine maintenance, bigger, costlier problems can lie ahead. We’d like to help you avoid that, because Bedford Dental Group believes in practicing responsible preventative dentistry. If you believe that you may have chronic periodontal disease, we can help. Contact Bedford Dental Group today.