Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Gum Disease And Impotence

Turkish Researchers Believe There May Be A Connection

Recently, I read some NEWS about researchers in Turkey who are suggesting that men with gum disease are at greater risk for erectile dysfunction.

While I heard that there were possible links between gum disease and diabetes, lung infections, heart disease, low birth weight babies and a few other things, erectile dysfunction is a new one on the list. 

Why All These Connections?

Researchers have been noticing these connections between gum disease and other diseases for years.  They may not be exactly sure what the direct relationship is,  but they have been noticing these things for quite a while.

Consider. for a moment, life about 200 years ago.    People lived from the land and many people were involved in farming ( a very noble profession in my opinion - as it feeds the people of the world).  Those people had an instinctual understanding about the health of their animals.

They somehow knew that the mouth was a reflection of the body.   You have probably heard some sayings related to this.   "Don't Look A Gift Horse In The Mouth."   What is that about?

Whenever people would buy livestock back then and right up until today,  they would always look in the mouth of the animal.  If there were problems there like rotting, missing teeth, then they figured the rest of the animal would be sick soon too.

But when something is given as a gift, you don't spend money on it.   So, "Don't look a gift horse in the mouth",  was a saying.  

How did they know that this connection existed?   They observed what happened in the real world over time.  It was just common knowledge back then that the mouth really could tell them about the overall health of the animal.

Modern Times

Today's researchers are just catching up now.  They can see that there is a relationship between the number on cause of tooth loss, gum disease, and other diseases.

They may not understand the exact mechanisms of these connections but they know they exist.  many doctors and dentists today just take it for granted that there is this connection.

One Anesthesiologist called me one day to order one of our Hydro Floss machines.   He told me that a lot of the heart patients they operate on have periodontal disease.   He told me he is sure about that connection and if more people cleared up their gum disease there would be less heart surgeries needed.

Real world subjective experience fueled his opinion.   It is probably just a matter of time before researchers pinpoint the exact mechanism(s).  In the meantime there appears to be enough anectdotal evidence to assume the connections are real.

Learning how to prevent or stop gum disease is very important, because about 3 out of every 4 people have some.    Some doctors ad the phrase 'over 35' in there.  But others just say a straight up 75%.

You have to realize that the over 35 group is just seeing the results of years of damage.  But younger people are found to have gum disease too.  You can be 6 years old and have some.

Anyway, I digress.  This is a real problem for the human race.  If you like the idea of health and doing all you can to keep it, then here are two resources to read about.

What You Should Know About Gum Disease
This machine

I speak in general terms only here.  Specific questions about your unique dental health situation should be directed to your periodontist or dentist.


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