Severe Gum Disease May Be Linked to Impotence

Small study found men with periodontitis were about 3 times as likely to experience erectile problems

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Newhouse said people with evidence of periodontal disease -- a treatable chronic condition -- should be wondering about their general health. "If your gums bleed, you're really not healthy."

While the study found an association between severe gum disease and sexual problems for men in their 30s, it did not prove a cause-and-effect relationship.

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To learn more about erectile dysfunction, see the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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