Brush your teeth to prevent erectile dysfunction

December 5, 2012, 1:15 pmmenshealth

Not brushing regularly may give you more to worry about than just bad breath


It's long been known that not brushing your teeth will cause trouble with the fairer sex, but a new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine has found another reason to keep your chompers sparkling. On top of yellow teeth and bad breath, not regularly brushing your teeth makes you three times more likely to experience erectile dysfunction.

Researchers at Inonu University in Turkey examined the gums of 160 men aged between 30 and 40, half with diagnosed erectile dysfunction and half without. Of the men with erectile dysfunction, 53 per cent had inflamed gums compared with 23 per cent of the control group.

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Even adjusting for other factors (age, BMI, income and education level), men with severe periodontal disease were three times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than men with healthy gums.


"Many studies have reported that chronic periodontitis may induce vascular diseases, such as coronary heart disease, which have been linked with erection problems," said lead study author Dr Faith Oguz.

However, researchers at China's Luzhou Medical College have come up with a different theory: periodontitis inhibits the body's ability to create the enzyme eNOS, which is involved in achieving an erection.

So . . . no ENOS, no lift-off.

But is periodontitis a causal factor or just a symptom related to erectile dysfunction? According to Dr Leonard Gormella, professor and chairman of the Department of Urology at Thomas Jefferson University, more research of human inflammatory issues is needed before any conclusive links can be made.

“Since periodontal disease is considered an inflammatory disorder, it may play a role in the progression of ED,” he said.

Your move: it hasn't been conclusively proven that reaching for your toothbrush more regularly will stop you needing to reach for those little blue pills on your bedside table next time performance anxiety strikes, but whether you're worried about bad breath or stage fright, keeping those pearly whites nice and clean certainly can't hurt.

Want another reason to keep your smile glowing? Learn how your smile can make you more presuasive with the opposite sex.

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  1. VICTOR .S06:41am Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Women? why guys only.

  2. Charlie03:50am Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Not really true,i have lost teeth and my gums are really bad,some infected but you know what ?the girls love the sensation when i go down on them,and that allways gives me a huge stiffy,so i think the story might be a little bit of the mark.

  3. Russell Hayden01:54am Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @ Nathan, pubic hair isn't floss either and I'm sure she doesn't want you flossing in her #$%$

  4. Russell Hayden01:53am Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @ Nathan, your a dirty sod, make the most of it, you wont be getting it for much longer.

  5. Russell Hayden01:31am Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    My teeth are cleaned daily and I have ED, from smoking, drinking, age and mainly from a lower back fusion that I had a few years ago. I've paid taxes my whole life and I don't get any discount for Viagra, the people in the army coming from Arab land do though. Why is there work any different from what I've done my whole life? I helped get the country to where it is today, what do I get for that? NOTHING!!!

  6. nathan12:45am Thursday 06th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    i have not brushed my teeth for 12 years i only floss/use mouth wash and i have no problems with making them scream in bed and the fact they don't want to be in bed with me has nothing to do with it because they have no choice!

  7. Tom Whatson09:56pm Wednesday 05th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    #$%$ should be brushing anyway and the woman too

  8. Scott09:40pm Wednesday 05th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    what a load of #$%$ never had a problem brushing or not brushing only thing this leads to is knockbacks from woman

  9. Glib05:41pm Wednesday 05th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Brush your teeth and keep in practice by watching more porn.

  10. rob03:06pm Wednesday 05th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It certainly has the potential to lead to more knockbacks!!!



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