(HealthDay News) – For males aged 30–40 years, there is an association between chronic periodontitis (CP) and erectile dysfunction (ED), according to a study published online Dec. 4 in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

Fatih Oğuz, MD, from Inonu University in Malatya, Turkey, and colleagues examined the association between CP and ED in a group of 80 males with ED and 82 control males without ED (all aged 30–40 years). Male sexual function was assessed using the International Index of Erectile Function. Plaque index, bleeding on probing, probing depth (PD), and clinical attachment level (CAL) were compared between the groups.

The researchers noted a significant association between CP and ED, with 23% of controls and 53% of men with ED having CP (odds ratio, 3.29). Compared with the control group, in the ED group the mean values of the plaque index, bleeding on probing, and the percentages of sites with PD >4mm and sites with CAL >4mm were significantly higher. There was no significant difference between the mean values of PD and CAL in the two groups. The ED group also had significantly higher decayed, missing, filled teeth scores than the non-ED group.

“This study is the first to demonstrate the associations between clinical periodontal parameters and ED,” the authors write. “Periodontal diseases must be considered in the etiology of ED in young adults.”

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