Impotence and periodontitis – is there a connection?
An organism is a complex system, parts of which are interconnected, and these connections are not always obvious. Researchers from the University of Granada (Spain) have established a relationship between the development of periodontitis in men and the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Periodontitis is a chronic inflammation of the gums that gradually destroy the alveolar bone and connective tissues that fix the teeth in the alveolar walls. If periodontitis is not treated, it can lead to tooth loss. Erectile dysfunction is defined as the inability to achieve an erection, this concept will replace the previously used term “impotence”.
It would seem, what kind of dependence can there be? But it is there. The binding function is performed by the circulatory system. Periodontal bacteria and inflammatory cytokines produced in the affected gums enter the bloodstream and spread throughout the body. They cause damage to the endothelial layer lining the blood vessels from the inside. Such endothelial dysfunction, which has developed in the vessels of the penis, adversely affects the blood flow and may be the cause of erectile dysfunction.
The study covered 80 men undergoing treatment in the urology department of a local hospital. The study participants presented their sociodemographic data, underwent periodontal examination, and passed tests for testosterone levels, lipid profile, C-reactive protein, blood glucose, and glycated hemoglobin.
74% of patients with erectile dysfunction showed signs of periodontitis. At the same time, patients with the most pronounced erectile dysfunction had the greatest periodontal lesion. In general, the probability of erectile dysfunction in those who suffered from periodontitis was 2.28 times higher than in patients with a healthy oral cavity.
The researchers conclude that if you monitor the condition of the gums, comply with the requirements of oral hygiene and brush your teeth well, you can significantly reduce the risk of male impotence.