Low libido? It could be this…

Gum disease causes low libido, impotenceThere are many factors that can contribute to low libido, including stress, fatigue, heart disease, and even mental illness. These factors are well known and there are often simple solutions to fix them. But research has shown a more surprising cause of low libido you may not have considered before. The good news is, it can also be easily fixed, giving your libido a boost once again.

Gum disease causes low libido, impotence

In the Turkish study, men with severe gum disease (periodontal disease) were over three times more likely to suffer from erection problems, compared to men with healthy gums. The researchers found that among men with erectile dysfunction, 53 percent also had inflamed gums, compared to only 23 percent without signs of gum disease.


The link between gum disease and erectile dysfunction has to do with vascular health. When the brain senses sexual stimulation, the muscles in the penis relax increasing the blood flow to the area. The veins are then shut off, allowing the blood to stay there, thus keeping the erection.
Gum disease can reduce the elasticity of the endothelial lining of blood vessels – which is linked to erectile dysfunction.

Lead study author Dr. Fatih Oguz said, “We know that periodontal diseases cause systemic endothelial dysfunction, which leads to vascular pathology. And vascular pathologies are the most common cause of erectile dysfunction.”

Previous research has found a link between chronic gum disease and vascular diseases, like coronary heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Advanced gum disease affects four to 12 percent of the U.S. population.

Oguz explained, “Erectile dysfunction and chronic periodontitis in humans are caused by similar risk factors, such as aging, smoking, diabetes mellitus, and coronary artery disease.”

Dr. Bruce Gilbert, a professor of urology at Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, added, “Periodontal disease might be associated with other underlying disease, but erectile dysfunction? I would strongly disagree. It’s not a causative condition. But I would say that the study results implore us to consider that diseases of the mouth are something to consider when we assess the overall health of the body.”

If you’ve been skipping dental appointments and have been noticing changes in your bedroom performance, you may want to book an appointment with your dentist first to see what is going on with your oral health. Remember, it’s important to brush and floss regularly, not only for your teeth and gums, but for your overall health as well.

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