A study published in the December 2012 issue of the Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men in their thirties who had advanced periodontal disease were three times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). This study suggests that there may be a causal relationship between periodontal disease and ED,but the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) believes that more research is needed relating to confounding factors before conclusively linking the two. Nonetheless, men’s health is uniquely linked to periodontal disease in several ways, including the following:
Prevention. In a study published by the American Journal of Periodontology,men were shown to be half as likely as women to receive regular dental check-ups. Regular dental exams are the first step in finding and treating periodontal disease. According to the CDC 56% of American men suffer from periodontal disease compared to 38% of women.
Prostate Health. In a 2010 study published by the AAP, researchers found that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA), an enzyme created in the prostate that is normally secreted in very small amounts, is secreted at higher levels in men with periodontal disease and prostate cancer than men with just one of the diseases.
Cancer. Recent research found that men with a history of gum disease are 14 percent more likely to develop cancer than men with healthy gums. Broken down by gender, 49 percent of men are more likely than women to develop kidney cancer, 59 percent are more likely to develop pancreatic cancer and 30 percent more likely to develop blood cancer.
Regardless of gender, gum disease is preventable. Daily brushing and flossing in addition to regular visits to the dentist will enable you to catch gum disease early and treat it effectively.