Periodontal Disease, Erectile Dysfunction Linked

Periodontal Disease, Erectile Dysfunction Linked
Periodontal Disease, Erectile Dysfunction Linked

Researchers have found an association between chronic periodontitis (CP) and erectile dysfunction in men aged 30 to 40 years, according to an online report in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Fatih Oğuz, MD, of Inonu University in Malatya, Turkey, and colleagues examined the association between CP and ED in a group of 80 males with ED and 82 control males without ED (all aged 30 to 40 years). Male sexual function was assessed using the International Index of Erectile Function. Plaque index, bleeding on probing, probing depth (PD), and clinical attachment level (CAL) were compared between the groups.

Compared with controls, men with ED had a 3.2 times increased odds of having CP. In addition, compared with the control group, in the ED group the mean values of the plaque index, bleeding on probing, and the percentages of sites with PD over 4 mm and sites with CAL over 4 mm were significantly higher. The study revealed no significant difference between the mean values of PD and CAL in the two groups. The ED group also had significantly higher decayed, missing, filled teeth scores than the non-ED group.

"This study is the first to demonstrate the associations between clinical periodontal parameters and ED," the investigators observed. "Periodontal diseases must be considered in the etiology of ED in young adults."

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