Men beware, not only has periodontal disease been linked to many systemic health problems including diabetes, heart disease, and stroke, it has been linked to impotence as well. So if you are a man looking for a reason to take better care of your teeth and gums, don’t wait to make a New Year’s resolution…start now. Read on as your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, explains the latest on periodontal disease and impotence.
There are two stages of periodontal disease: gingivitis the earliest stage, and periodontitis the most severe stage. Gingivitis is the irritation of your gums. It includes inflammation and redness and is reversible. However, if gingivitis remains untreated it can develop into periodontitis. Periodontitis is when the inflammation progresses underneath the gingival tissue effecting the connecting tissue and bone. It is the major reason for tooth loss.
Gum Disease and Impotence
A research study analyzing gum disease and impotence followed 33,000 men with erectile dysfunction, or impotence, and 162, 000 men without erectile dysfunction, for five years, to determine whether or not there was a link between periodontitis and impotence. The study found that periodontitis was much more prevalent among the men with impotence than the control group. The link proved strongest in men under 30 and older than 70.
Although there is no indication that periodontal disease causes impotence or vice versa, the underlying assumption is that inflammation associated with periodontitis does not exist only in the gums but affects all systems of the body including the blood vessels supplying the penis. Although there is the need for further research and education, the preliminary findings indicate that men with periodontal disease should make dental treatment a priority.
About Your Lake Forest Dentist:
Aside from providing dependable family, general, and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.