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Gum Disease Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

Gum Disease Linked to Erectile Dysfunction Men might have another good reason to brush and floss their teeth. Men with gum disease are more likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED).

Their risk of ED is over two times higher than that of men with healthy gums, according to a recent study in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology.

Gum disease, also called chronic periodontitis, occurs when an infection or inflammation spreads to tissues that hold teeth in position. It often happens when gingivitis, a mild form of inflammation, goes untreated.

Common symptoms include bad breath, bleeding gums, and loose teeth. Some people with gum disease lose their teeth completely. Patients with severe cases may need surgery to clean out bacteria, support the remaining teeth, or remove other teeth so the infection doesn’t spread.

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