Yes – It Really Could Be That Simple
It is easy to want a better sex life. You know you are having problems with erectile dysfunction (ED) and you have probably already tried a number of things and found them not to work. Although it may seem strange, possibly the first and best thing you want to consider next for an improved sex life is to ensure that your teeth and gums are in good condition.
Gum Disease and ED
Recent research has shown that there is a connection between having periodontal disease and erectile dysfunction. Periodontal disease is the more serious form of gum disease and a connection has been shown to exist between it and cardiovascular disease and hardening of the arteries.
The connection is believed to be the result of inflammation, but hardening of the arteries and stroke are also known to be connected to ED. Several earlier studies were looked at which involved 213,000 men who ranged in age from 20 to 80. It was found the ED existed more frequently in men who had chronic periodontitis. It was also discovered that it especially affected men with this gum disease who were under 40 and those who were over 59.
The studies also indicated that ED affected men 2.28 times more often than those without this severe gum disease. Diabetes was taken into account in these studies.
A Second Study
Another study that was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine revealed that as many as 53 percent of men who had ED also had severe periodontitis. A little different problem, but just as serious, is that having gum disease raises your PSA levels – the common indicator of prostate cancer.
Inflammation and Other Diseases
Gum disease – whether gingivitis or periodontitis – means that there is inflammation in your body. The bacteria and inflammation that cause gum disease likely entered your body through your gums. Research has now shown that inflammation is behind the formation of many serious illnesses. They include cardiovascular disease, heart attack, stroke, Alzheimer's, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, and more.
Inflammation and Cancer
Periodontitis also raises your risk of cancer considerably. Here are four kinds of cancer and your risk levels if you have this gum disease:
Pancreatic cancer – 54 percent more likely
Lung cancer – 36 percent more likely
Kidney cancer – 49 percent more likely
Blood cancer – 30 percent more likely.
Treating Periodontitis Improves Sex
Another study performed on men with periodontitis and ED revealed that when the gum disease was treated, that their symptoms of ED decreased. This means that they started to have better sex. The reason for this connection is not yet certain, but it does appear to be clear that the connection exists.
The current thinking behind the connection between periodontal disease and ED is that the inflammation restricts blood flow to the penis, as well as to the heart. Removing the source of inflammation, or at least reducing it, can help with better circulation.
Eliminating Early Gum Disease
If you have symptoms of gum disease, you want to take care of it before it becomes worse. If you are in the early stage, which is revealed by bleeding and inflamed gums, you can usually eliminate it simply by brushing twice a day and flossing. You need to be consistent with it in order to have the greatest effect.
More Tips for Better Sex
Eating healthy foods will also help. This provides the nutrients needed to maintain healthy gums and it also strengthens the immune system in your gums. Healthy foods will also help you maintain an erection when you need it. If you have diabetes, controlling your sugar levels are also necessary for a good sex performance.
There are also some other performance factors you may want to know about. It is difficult to have good sex if you smoke often, drink a lot of alcohol, are obese, have sleep apnea, low testosterone levels, or have high cholesterol. In other words, living healthy can enable you to improve your sex life. Some medications will also cause problems with ED.
Visiting the Dentist
Periodontitis will only get worse over time unless it is treated. This can happen slowly or fast, depending on several factors. It will progress faster if you do not take care of your teeth, and if you eat a lot of sugary foods and drinks.
Seeing a dentist for periodontal disease treatment is necessary for evaluation and eliminating periodontal disease. In more serious cases, the dentist can prescribe medications, do a deep cleaning, or perform any necessary surgery to restore your gums and teeth.
If you have problems with ED and know that you have periodontitis, but want a better sex life, you can get treatment for it from Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board-certified Periodontist. He has dental offices in the Carrollton, TX and Grapevine, TX areas. For more information about his dental services, or to set up an appointment, you can call his office today at (817) 756-8578.