What do we look for in a potential mate? Bright eyes, sparkling personality, a pretty smile? Taking care of your teeth is fundamental to romance. No one wants to kiss a nasty mouth. Great breath, white teeth, just being clean are all very important. But what if there is something even more important about dental hygiene that aesthetics? What if your poor brushing habits are not just keeping your partner at a distance, but limiting your ability to perform.
History of Impotence
Impotence or as it’s commonly known these days, erectile dysfunction (ED) has plagued mankind for all of history. Aging, smoking, liver disease, kidney disease, diabetes and even simple stress can cause problems with male virility. In the 16th and 17th centuries, the inability to perform was even a crime and grounds for divorce. Starting in the 90’s, a blue pill changed everything. Viagra swept the world with an effective treatment to this age-old malady. But with everything an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Taking care of your health improves your quality of life in every aspect, including relationships with your spouse.
Erectile Dysfunction and Gum Disease
A study in the Journal of Periodontology explores a link between severe gum disease and impotence. Men who don’t take care of their mouth are twice as likely to have problems than guys with healthy teeth and gums.
This study looked at a sample of 150 European men. Researchers found that nearly 3/4ths of guys suffering from erectile dysfunction also had poor oral health. While this link doesn’t show a definitive cause, there is certainly a correlation which can be managed in a few simple steps. Just brushing twice a day and flossing daily can eliminate gum disease as a factor in your erectile dysfunction.
More About Periodontal Disease
Gum disease will cause swelling in the tissues supporting the teeth. Gums will get sore or even infected. If left untreated, the symptoms will increase and eventually a patient suffering from gum disease can lose teeth. Gum disease has been linked to other diseases like strokes, heart attacks, heart disease and diabetes. Keeping a clean mouth can eliminate bacteria that can cause systemic problems in your body.
Get Healthy – Visit Your Dentist
Maybe you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, or maybe you just haven’t taken care of your mouth the way you should and need a little help. A great first step to get your mouth healthy is to visit an Austin Dentist like Dr. Dan Matthews. Dr. Matthews can inspect your mouth for gum disease, offer cosmetic options if you have lost teeth, and treat any problem you may be having in regards to your teeth. Book an appointment today!