It’s true what they say about the “mind-body connection” for quite a few conditions found in the body. That saying is also true for the correlation between better dental health and a better sex life.
Let’s explore the most current research and factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction.
ED Research and Periodontitis
- *A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men in their 30’s who had severe periodontal disease were three times more likely to suffer from erection problems.
- *Another study done by the American Urological Association found that prolonged chronic inflammation, like that found in men with periodontal disease, can cause damage to blood vessels which can lead to impotence.
There are several factors that can contribute to having erectile dysfunction. Some of these factors are treatable by lifestyle changes while others require the consultation of your physician, and possibly, medical treatment. They are:
- Heart disease and conditions
- Using tobacco products
- Being overweight
- Drug use
- Excessive alcohol use
- Certain medications (high blood pressure, pain, and prostate cancer)
- Psychological conditions (stress, depression, anxiety)
Start With Instituting Personal Change
Erectile dysfunction can cause extreme embarrassment and an uncomfortable environment with which to sustain a personal relationship. If you find yourself in this situation, consider implementing the following changes and see how they work for you:
- Lose weight by changing your eating patterns. Keep a journal or use an app like LoseIt to track your caloric intake. Only a few pounds could make a big difference.
- Quit smoking or using tobacco products.
- Cut back on your excessive use of alcohol and non-prescribed drugs.
- Engage in regular exercise for stress reduction, improvement in self-confidence, and overall perspective.
These suggestions do not require a prescription or a purchase. Instead they offer advice on how you can take control of the most intimate aspect of your life and relationship.
Have the Talk with Your Doctor
When we say talk with your doctor, we also mean that you can approach us during your next dental appointment. Quite often symptoms of Periodontitis are the first treatable sign that you could be experiencing side effects of erectile dysfunction.
Along with your family physician and other medical specialists, we can get you back on the road to a more satisfying and fulfilling life!