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It's important for everyone to practice proper dental health habits, but men, in particular, may want to pay close attention to their teeth and gums if they want to have a healthy sex life. According to a recent study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, men who have severe gum disease may be up to three times as likely to experience erectile dysfunction (ED) than their healthier counterparts.
The researchers stated that ED is a common problem, and since dental health issues are so prevalent throughout the world, there may be a connection between the two.
"Erectile dysfunction is a major public health problem that affects the quality of life of some 150 million men, and their partners, worldwide," said lead author Faith Oguz, Ph.D., from Inonu University in Malatya, Turkey.
The scientists examined both men who reported problems with ED and those who did not. They found that 50 percent of the men with ED had inflamed gums, compared to 23 percent without sexual function problems.
To avoid developing gum disease, the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research recommends that people brush and floss on a daily basis, quit smoking and check their medications to make sure they do not cause dry mouth.
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