Periodontal Disease, Erectile Dysfunction Linked

Significantly more 30- to 40-year-old males with erectile dysfunction have chronic periodontitis

TUESDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- For males aged 30 to 40 years, there is an association between chronic periodontitis (CP) and erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a study published online Dec. 4 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Fatih Oğuz, M.D., from 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.

The researchers noted a significant association between CP and ED, with 23 percent of controls and 53 percent of men with ED having CP (odds ratio, 3.29). 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. There was 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 authors write. "Periodontal diseases must be considered in the etiology of ED in young adults."

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