Do you brush and floss regularly? According to a new Taiwanese study, doing so may protect your erection. But those who do not practice proper dental care may experience ED somewhere down the line, preliminary data shows. Researchers found that those men who had erectile dysfunction were 79% more likely to experience chronic periodontal disease (CPD). CPD is a condition where the gums become swollen, puffy and pink instead of red. When touched even gingerly they tend to bleed. The puffiness is due to an invasion by bacteria. Gum disease and the chronic inflammation that it causes can hurt the lining of the blood vessels or endothelial cells. That includes vessels that supply blood to the sex organs. Repeatedly damaging the lining of blood vessels can eventually cause less blood flow to the penis, causing erectile dysfunction.
Brushing and flossing regularly and visiting your dentist every six months for a cleaning and checkup can help avoid this problem. If you have gum disease, make an appointment with your dentist. In the early stages, a few deep cleanings can get rid of it. Late-stage gum disease however may require surgery. For those who have particular trouble, a cleaning every three months moving forward may be necessary, once the issue is under control. Those who have had gum disease previously are at higher risk of experiencing it again, in the near future. So if you have it or had it in the past, keep on top of your gums and keep to a strict dental health plan to keep them healthy. If you have red, swollen gums that bleed or are losing teeth, see your dentist right away. Just brushing for two minutes twice per day with an American Dental Association (ADA) approved toothpaste is usually all that is needed to prevent gum disease. For erectile dysfunction be sure to see your doctor or a urologist.