Oral health: The gateway to a better erection

Everything in your body is connected. The way various things are connected may not always be readily apparent, but things that affect certain parts of your body can affect different, seemingly unrelated parts as well.

Case in point: Poor oral health has been found to cause erectile problems. While your mouth and your penis are on pretty much opposite ends of the body, it has been found that neglecting one has a profound effect on the other.

Researchers found that periodontitis, an inflammation or infection of the gums, can effect a man’s ability to achieve an erection.

This is because the gum disease increased inflammation in the body;  when the body’s inflammation levels are chronically high, severe health conditions- such as heart disease- may result. Heart disease is bad for your ticker, and has been found to have a negative effect on your penis.

The disease also decreases the amount of the enzyme eNOS in the body. This enzyme produces nitric acid in the body, which in turn relaxes blood vessels, increases blood flow to the penis, and triggers erections. So, with less eNOS, that means it will be more difficult to achieve an erection.

So, while bad breath, bleeding gums, and crooked teeth are definite turn-offs, you’ve now got another reason to be better to your mouth: your erection. Brush twice a day, floss thoroughly, and regularly visit your dentist to avoid this problem. Happy gums means a happy penis.

Evan Hopkins is a 24 year old writer operating out of Atlanta, GA. When he isn't writing, he enjoys reading books, drinking coffee, and folk music.Evan Hopkins on Google+