When most people think about dental problems, they imagine cavities and crooked teeth. That said, for nearly half the U.S. population, gum disease is the primary issue threatening their oral health. Also known as periodontal disease, this problem is linked to serious medical issues related to inflammation. It may also contribute to an embarrassing problem that plagues numerous American men.

Erectile Dysfunction

New research out of Turkey suggests that gum disease may cause or contribute to erectile dysfunction. Published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, the study evaluated several patients who were suffering from ED. Ultimately, they found that 53 percent also suffered from severe gum disease.

A Big Number

According to researchers, men who do not have erectile dysfunction tend to have gum disease only 23 percent of the time. This seems to indicate that gum disease may play a role in promoting ED. Although researchers can’t say for sure, they believe the reason centers on inflammation, which could potentially begin in the mouth and spread to other parts of the body.

Taking Oral Health Seriously

Nearly everyone brushes and flosses to some degree; however, not enough people get routine dental checkups, which can help prevent and detect potential gum problems before they get too serious.

Most people think they would be able to tell if they had gum disease; however, when it’s first developing, this dangerous problem can go unnoticed. As the months pass, this ticking time bomb could be working to promote tooth loss, erectile dysfunction and serious health problems.

To ensure that your oral health is in tip-top shape, schedule routine dental cleanings and checkups with Dr. Siegel. Don’t wait until it’s too late; take your oral health seriously by contacting his office today.