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Video: Scientists Have Linked Tooth Brushing To The Prevention Of Impotence
Scientists have linked tooth brushing to the prevention of impotence
Men who suffer from periodontitis (inflammation and damage to the tissues surrounding the teeth) are at increased risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Thorough brushing of teeth combined with good oral hygiene can help prevent impotence.
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Men who suffer from periodontitis (inflammation and damage to the tissues surrounding the teeth) are at increased risk of developing erectile dysfunction. Thorough brushing of teeth combined with good oral hygiene can help prevent impotence. The results of a study by Spanish urologists and dentists were published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a man's inability to achieve an erection sufficient for intercourse. It can be due to physiological or psychological factors, or a combination of both. Periodontitis is a chronic inflammation of the gums and deeper periodontal tissues that gradually destroys the alveolar bone and the ligaments that anchor the teeth. Without treatment, periodontitis cannot lead to tooth loss.
Periodontal bacteria and inflammatory cytokines that appear in infected gums can damage the lining of blood vessels. The resulting endothelial dysfunction in the blood vessels of the penis can lead to impaired circulation, leading to impotence.
The study involved 80 men and 78 more men from the control group. Participants provided their socio-demographic data, underwent a dental examination, and were tested for testosterone levels, lipid profile, C-reactive protein, blood glucose levels, and glycated hemoglobin.
The researchers found that 74% of patients with erectile dysfunction had signs of periodontitis. Men with the most severe form of ED had the most periodontal damage. Patients with periodontitis had a 2.28-fold higher risk of developing ED than those with healthy gums.
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