When you open your mouth the dentist can deduce a lot about your health, and not only if you are flossing regularly or if you have a toothache. Your gums, teeth, mouth, tongue, breath and throat provide clues about your overall health. According to new research from Johns Hopkins University, less than half of adults 65 and older have consulted with a dentist in the past year but regular screenings are important to maintain more than dental hygiene. If you are a man with a chronic gum disease your dentist may tell you that your sex life may also be affected.
An analysis of five studies of 213,000 patients between the ages of 20 and 80 years published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, found that erectile dysfunction was almost twice as common in men with periodontitis a chronic bacterial infection than in men who did not have the infection. Because of the inflammation it causes gum disease has also been linked to a higher risk of heart disease. The good news is that a study published in 2013 found that treating gum disease seemed to lessen the symptoms of erectile dysfunction after three months. Read more »