Yet another study is out linking erectile dysfunction to not brushing your teeth enough.
Over the past decade there have been a number of studies finding that men with poor oral hygiene are more likely to have trouble with sexual performance.
This latest one, however, puts it very simply. If you don't brush your teeth twice a day, you are three times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Earlier research linked gum disease and severe lack of oral health to erectile dysfunction, but this latest study finds that even men with generally healthy teeth have higher risk if they are not clearing their mouths of bacteria through brushing at least two times every day.
That possible link remains the topic of scientific debate.
The Journal of Sexual Medicine finds that this latest research out of China "strengthens the evidence that PD (periodontal disease) might have important clinical implications for risk stratification of ED (erectile dysfunction)."
So, what could it hurt to brush your teeth twice a day?
Seems to me it is in fact a potential win-win. Your breath won't stink, so you are more likely to find yourself in a romantic encounter, and it may in fact allow you to keep performing in that department.
Plus, I have never seen a study that finds brushing your teeth twice a day could CAUSE any diseases or health problems.
Furthermore, some research goes beyond linking just sexual health to oral hygiene. Gum disease has also been linked to diabetes, stroke and heart disease. The thought is that the molecules that cause gum disease affect inflammation in small blood vessels first (like those controlling blood flow to the genitals), but can also later impact larger structures and even the heart.
That remains a matter of medical debate, but again... what could it possibly hurt to brush your teeth twice a day.