March 15th, 2019
Men who suffer from periodontitis (inflammation and damage to the tissues surrounding the teeth) are at increased risk of developing erectile dysfunction.
Careful cleaning of the teeth, combined with good oral hygiene, can help prevent the development of impotence. The results of the study of Spanish urologists and dentists were published at Journal of Clinical Periodontology.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to achieve an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. It may be due to physiological or psychological factors or their combination. Periodontitis is a chronic inflammation of the gums and deeper dental-toothed tissues, which gradually destroys the alveolar bone and ligaments that fix the teeth. Without treatment, periodontitis can lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal bacteria and inflammatory cytokines that appear in infected gums can damage the inner lining of blood vessels. The resulting endothelial dysfunction in the blood vessels of the penis can lead to impaired blood circulation, which leads to impotence.
The study involved 80 men and 78 more men from the control group. Participants provided their socio-demographic data, underwent a dental examination, were tested for testosterone level, lipid profile, C-reactive protein, blood glucose levels and glycated hemoglobin.
Researchers have discoveredthat 74% of patients with erectile dysfunction had signs of periodontitis. In men with the most severe form of ED, most periodontal damage was observed. Patients with periodontitis had a 2.28 times higher risk of developing ED than patients with healthy gums.