Saturday, July 4, 2009

Could Periodontal Disease be linked to Erectile Dysfunction?

Although there are many different specialties in medicine, our goal is all the same... the optimum health of the patient. To that end, the old adage of "the knee bone is connected to the ankle bone" holds true. All bodily parts are connected and frequently when one has a problem, it can affect others.

In recent years researchers have begun to find the pathogens that are linked to periodontal disease in other parts of the body such as atherosclerotic plaque in the blood vessels of those suffering from coronary artery disease. While this does not necessarily mean that having periodontal disease predisposes one to have coronary artery disease, it is interesting that oral bugs are in the heart, and the subject continues to be researched. Perhaps one day there will be evidence that a healthy mouth means a more healthy heart, but those of us who love science will let the researchers determine that.

Along these same lines however, comes another thought about how all our parts are connected. The theory goes like this: "IF there is a possible link between periodontal disease and the narrowing of blood vessels in the heart, then could there also be a link between periodontal disease and narrowing of the blood vessels in parts of the male anatomy?"

While it's just a theory, it's an interesting thought. One group of researchers is already looking into this problem. For all the details, click here.

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