Study Says Forgetting To Brush Your Teeth Can Kill Your Erections

If you forgot to brush your teeth this morning, a new study out of Taiwan may have you rushing to scrub those pearly whites!

According to preliminary research from Taiwan, poor dental hygiene can impact your ability to maintain an erection.

The study foud that men with erectile dysfunction (ED) were 79 percent more likely to have been diagnosed with chronic periodontal disease (CPD) than guys without ED.

CPD is an infection that occurs from poor brushing and causes the gums pull away from the teeth, creating deep pockets for bacteria and bugs to spread to the bone surrounding the teeth.

Men’s Health adds:

Chronic inflammation caused by gum disease may damage your endothelial cells, which form the lining on all of your blood vessels—including those in your penis. The endothelial damage can result in impaired blood flow, leaving you limp in the sack, says Larry Lipshultz, M.D., a urology advisor for Men’s Health.

(Because the blood vessels to the penis are about 25 percent the size of the ones to the coronaries, ED can often serve as an early warning sign for heart problems and vascular disease. So be sure to consult your doctor to make sure your member isn’t the only malfunction. )

“Most people who have [CPD] don’t feel pain until it is in the advanced stages, so be sure to see your dentist if you experience red swollen gums, bleeding gums when brushing, bad breath, loose teeth, and receding gums,” says Dr. Cram.

The good news is periodontal disease is almost entirely preventable by brushing your teeth for 2 minutes twice daily with a fluoride toothpaste, flossing once per day, and getting regular cleanings and checkups from your dentist, says Dr. Cram.

She also suggests scheduling more frequent cleanings—every 3 months rather than 6 months.