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Courtney E. Vannah



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An estimated thirty million men in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). Recent research suggests a link between periodontal disease (PD) and other systemic conditions. The purpose of this research is to answer the following research question: Is there a relationship between PD and ED in men? A 2019 study found that patients with PD were 95% more likely to be diagnosed with ED. Studies indicate that both diseases share common risk factors, and a positive correlation between radiographic alveolar bone loss and severity of ED. Additional studies showed improved IIEF (International Index of Erectile Function) scores of ED severity after three months of periodontal treatment. In summary, periodontal disease treatment can ease the exacerbation of the severity of ED. Routine dental visits, oral health screenings, and SRP’s are recommended for patients with ED to maintain overall systemic health. Patient education on the interrelation of systemic and oral health is crucial in addressing ED and PD treatment.

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Dental Hygiene

Dysfunctional Oral Health



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