It might not be the most widely discussed topic at a social gathering, but erectile dysfunction happens to more people than previously thought, with a recent survey showing that the finger of blame could be pointed at gum disease.
Seventy men were interviewed and it was found that there was a correlation between gum disease and those having erectile problems. Simply speaking, the higher the level of gum disease the more frequent their erection problems became apparent.
Of those who were asked, 81% of them had a severe form of gum disease and problems with getting an erection. However, when compared with those who had mild gum disease, fewer had problems with getting an erection. Affecting one in ten men nationwide, erectile dysfunction is more commonly found in those who are aged over forty.
The Chief Executive of the British Dental Health Foundation is Dr. Nigel Carter who urged men with erectile dysfunction to see their dentist as soon as possible and to maintain a good level of dental health.
“To associate gum disease, the major preventable cause of tooth loss in adults, with such a taboo subject amongst males is not something that should be taken lightly…If, in theory, four out of five men who suffer from erectile dysfunction have poor oral health, the effect it could have on their general health poses a serious health risk to those individuals affected” said Dr. Carter.
Erectile dysfunction has previously been blamed on a whole host of reasons such as stress, depression, a lack of self-confidence or a declined in the relationship with a partner or lover. Dr. Carter cannot emphasise the importance of this study enough: “As the findings of this study suggests, looking after your gums and oral health in general can reduce this risk and in turn offer better quality of life.”