Periodontal Disease Can Lead to Many Other Diseases

Oral Infection is now linked to ED and Libido

As men get older, you may find that your ability to perform in bed is not as great as it once was. Of course, changes in your sex life are going to be a matter of concern for most men, and you may not have any idea where to start looking for an answer. The simple answer is that you may want to start by looking at your teeth and gums.

Oral Infection Is Common

Researchers are continuing to find that there is a direct link between infection in your mouth and many serious problems with your other organs. The particular infection you need to be concerned about is the infection called gum disease.

Gum disease, particularly the more serious version – periodontitis – is a problem that you do not want to ignore. Periodontitis is a problem caused by bacteria that get into your gums. It usually starts to be a problem because of a lack of good care of your teeth by not brushing them often enough or flossing.

Why Periodontitis Can Cause ED

The bacteria involved in gum disease produce acid when it consumes sugar. The bacteria are always in your mouth, but when the acid builds up and plaque forms on your teeth, the acid irritates the gums. This causes the gums to become inflamed and they also start to recede.

The inflammation spreads and the immune system starts to attack not only the bacteria but also the support structures for your teeth and jawbone. This can cause your teeth to become loose, and possibly even fall out.

Because the gums are receding, the bacteria and inflammation are now enabled to enter your bloodstream. Once there, it can now travel anywhere in your body. It will now start to cause further problems with many of your major organs – possibly causing such issues as cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, stroke, dementia, diabetes, ED, several types of cancer, and more.

Studies in rats that have periodontitis were shown to have problems with ED. Another possible connection is that it may lead to lower amounts of nitrous oxide, which is necessary for a good erection. Lower amounts are apt to mean problems.

Between 2009 and 2014, five separate studies were conducted that involved 213,000 men who were between 20 and 80. Each of the studies revealed that the men who had ED were more likely to have periodontitis. ED was found to be 2.28 times more prevalent among men who also had periodontitis. One study conducted in 2013 discovered that treating periodontitis produced better results with ED.

Help Your Prostate, Too

In a study conducted in 2015, a number of men found that their symptoms of prostatitis improved after they had been treated for gum disease. They were not treated for anything else but they saw improvement.

Dentists Can Treat Periodontitis

If you know that you have periodontitis, then you need to get to a dentist for treatment. This gum disease only gets worse and it is apt to affect your sexual health even more, but it also becomes more costly to repair the damage as it progresses. You should also be aware that you cannot treat it yourself because the bacteria are below the gum line and in your gums.

Reversing periodontitis is possible for the dentist but it is necessary to eliminate the bacteria from the gums. This is usually done through a procedure called scaling and root planing, which involves manually cleaning out the bacteria and inflammation out of the pockets. This procedure can also be partly accomplished with a laser.

Other Tips to Help Avoid ED

In addition to periodontitis, there are also some other causes of erectile dysfunction that will hurt your sex life. These things include:
  • Lose Weight – Men who are obese are 2.5 times more likely to have ED. For a better sex life, lose the excess pounds. Being physically active can also help with ED.

  • Smoking – Besides the fact that your sex partner prefers good smelling breath (gum disease gives you bad breath), smoking can also hurt your libido.

  • Reduce Stress – When you are under stress, it will boost your level of adrenaline. This hormone will make your blood vessels contract - which is the opposite of what you want and need for a good time in bed.

  • Control Diabetes – This common disease can also affect your sex drive and give you problems with erections. Controlling your sugar is important because when it is not controlled, it will promote the development of gum disease and make it harder to control.  

  • Get Healthy Teeth – You can give yourself the benefit of healthy teeth and improve sex life at the same time by starting to brush twice a day and flossing.

  • Visit a Dentist Regularly – A dentist can help spot and treat early gum disease.

If you are looking for treatment of periodontal disease for a better sex life, Dr. Kumar T. Vadivel, DDS, FDS RCS, MS, a Board Certified Periodontist, can provide it. Eliminating gum disease may be the best erectile dysfunction remedies you can get. Dr. Vadivel provides a wide range of dental services for all ages and accepts most dental health plans. His dental offices are located in the Carrollton, TX, and Grapevine, TX areas. For a consultation or dental checkup, you can contact his office today at (817) 756-8578.