Deal with gum illness and erectile dysfunction with only one brush


Who knew minty breath could lead to a better sex life!

However, a new Turkish study links the treatment of periodontitis in patients with and presenting with a decrease in symptoms of erectile dysfunction. The results support previous studies on erectile dysfunction (ED) with periodontitis (inflammation of the gums), and provide hope that improving oral health can also improve erectile dysfunction – in the same brush!

The study in Turkey focused on 120 patients with severe to moderate erectile dysfunction as well as chronic periodontitis. While half of the patients were receiving treatment for gum disease; the other half received none. After 3 months, all patients completed a questionnaire detailing their erectile dysfunction. Scientists have learned that patients who received treatment for gum disease reported improved levels of erectile function.

« To our knowledge, this is the first study to assess a potential link between the severity of erectile dysfunction and the treatment of periodontal disease, » said scientists from Inonu University in Malatya, Turkey, pointing towards similar studies in India, Israel and Taiwan. linked the two conditions. However, this particular study suggested that gum disease can actually cause erectile problems.

« There is nothing causal between the two, » says Dr. Andrew Kramer, associate professor of urology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. « I think the causative element is likely vascular disease, poor general health, lack of medical care (gum disease), underlying diabetes/hypertension, or all of the above…related and correlated, but due to an underlying common factor. »

Source: Fox News


Jim Green

Jim has spent the past 5 years writing for a variety of health related websites. At Activebeat, James is an essential member of the editorial team, providing information on exercise, diet and nutrition, and men’s health – among many other things.

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