Friday, April 22, 2011

Is Chronic Periodontitis (Gum Disease) Associated With Erectile Dysfunction?

Apparently so, according to this article in the Journal of Periodontology.

BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Erectile dysfunction (ED) and chronic periodontitis (CP) shares the common risk factors. There is only a single report on the association between ED and CP Thus the aim of this study is to find the association between vasculogenic ED and CP.

METHODS: Total of 70 male subjects (Mean age 35.3 ± 3.64 years), clinically diagnosed with erectile dysfunction was included in the study. They were given Sexual Health Inventory for Men Questionnaire and subjected to colored penile Doppler ultrasound. Periodontal parameters like probing pocket depth and clinical attachment level were recorded. 5 subjects with erectile dysfunction and chronic periodontitis were selected randomly for cardiac color Doppler to assess the integrity.

RESULTS: Among the all selected vasculogenic ED subjects, mild to moderate vasculogenic ED showed the highest prevalence. While prevalence for CP among all vasculogenic ED subjects was highest among severe ED (81.8%). Association of CP and vasculogenic ED was found to be correlated positively but it showed no statistically significance. 2 subjects out of 5 subjects were found for vascular insufficiency.

CONCLUSION: It can be hypothesized that an association exists between vasculogenic ED in young men and CP. However, a large-scale study with confounder analysis and a longitudinal follow-up is warranted.

Further studies are definitely warranted here. So, instead of expensive Viagra pills, taking care of your teeth throughout your lifetime sounds like a healthier course of action.

But, stay tuned.

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