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The Cure for Erectile Dysfunction May Be Better Oral Hygiene

If this won't get you to the dentist, there is a good chance nothing will.
By Lauren Vinopal
November 16, 2022

A recent thread in the “Ask Men” page on Reddit, posed the question: What’s the biggest woman repellant? Among many answers related to self-care and confidence, bad hygiene ranked as one of the top deal breakers, particularly “bad oral hygiene is one of the biggest turn-offs ever,” Angelinapatina commented. “Halitosis is no joke, please take care of your teeth!”

If that isn’t reason enough to take your dental care more seriously, here’s another motivating factor: bigger, stronger boners.

That’s right, there is evidence that prolonged neglect of your teeth and gums is a pretty short path to erectile dysfunction. 

If only the dentist told you that when you canceled your last appointment. 

Hard Truths About ED

Erectile dysfunction affects approximately 26 percent of men under the age of 40, and the risk increases from there for about 10 percent for every decade of age.

Unfortunately, a lot of men are still too embarrassed to bring wilting erections up with their doctor, allowing anything from a hormone deficiency to a heart problem to go undiagnosed. 

That said, when guys finally bring their concern to a doctor, a urologist well-versed in ED will often recommend a trip to the dentist — mostly because men in their thirties who have severe gum disease are three times more likely to have erectile dysfunction. In other words, you have a lot more to worry about than stinky breath. 

Another study found that men with erectile dysfunction were 80 percent more prone to chronic gum disease, compared to men who did not have ED.

The main reason this happens is because gum disease damages the lining of your blood vessels, and you need to have healthy blood flow for healthy boners. It’s as simple as that. 

The good news is that other research seems to indicate that when men with severe ED and gum disease receive adequate treatment for their dental issues, their erections were back to full mast within three months.