This blog post is the 11th and final blog in a series of articles to inform our readers about the connection between your oral health and your overall health.
It’s called the “Mouth-Body Connection,” and it means that poor dental health can severely deteriorate your body, especially your lungs and heart, and it can also lead to a host to other conditions including migraines, Alzheimer’s disease, some Cancers and even erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the regular or repeated inability to obtain or maintain an erection. Symptoms include trouble getting an erection; trouble keeping an erection; and reduced sexual desire.
The link between erectile dysfunction and gum disease.
- 8% of men with gum disease have erectile dysfunction.
- Since erectile dysfunction is vascular in nature, inflammation in the mouth, and especially in the presence of gum disease and infections, affects all the blood vessels including those involved with creating an erection.
- The chronic inflammation associated with gum disease can lead to impotence.
- Additionally, underlying health issues such as Diabetes or heart disease account for 70% of all erectile dysfunction cases.
As we have discussed extensively in previous blogs, gum disease not only leads to severe oral health disorders, but can exacerbate overall health conditions, such as diabetes or respiratory disorders.
More about gum disease
80% of people have Gum Disease and DO NOT KNOW IT! There is usually no pain involved for people until extremely late in the degeneration. Many gum problems will go unnoticed until they are diagnosed by a dentist.
The good news is that Dr. Korenman and his team are dedicated to educating the public about the dangers of gum disease and they check all their patients for it.
If you are diagnosed with gum disease, Dr. Korenman can design a treatment plan to help you keep it under control.
We urge you to call Loveable Smiles for your Total Health Dental Care appointment. 972-231-0585
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