Yes, there seems to be a strong link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction.
And this is not news by the way. I have previously written about it here.
First off, what is gum disease?
It is an infection of the tissues that hold your teeth in place (you gum). If this infection / inflammation gets severe, it can lead to your teeth falling out. The disease is also called periodontitis or periodontal disease.
Normal symptoms are: Puffy red gums, inflamed, swollen, or bleeding gums, gums pulling away from teeth, and bad breath.
It is often caused by poor dental hygiene.
Research studies done in Israel, Turkey, China and Spain, have found statistically significant correlations between gum disease and erectile dysfunction.
Question: What is the link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction? Why does gum disease cause ED?
One reason is the chronic inflammation. Periodic inflammation in your body is OK, chronic inflammation is not.
Inflammation sends signals to your brain, which in turn makes your body produce ‘helpers’ to fix the inflammation. However, when the inflammation is chronic, it makes you continue to produce these ‘helpers’.
In the long term, this excess production can cause imbalances to delicate systems in your body, such as your endocrine system. This in turn can alter production of dopamine, testosterone, etc., which you need in appropriate amounts in order to get and maintain erections.
Chronic inflammation can also lead to excess production of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable and highly reactive molecules, looking to steal en electron from somewhere. They can therefore cause all kinds of damage in your body, including damage to your DNA.
But free radicals also like to react with your nitric oxide (also a free radical), and hence, if you have more free radicals, you tend to have less nitric oxide.
You need nitric oxide to get erections.
Is gum disease prevalent?
Perhaps as much as 10% of the population has it. You can check this relatively easily in the mirror. Are your gums red? Do they bleed easily?
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