Well, here we are again … our faithful followers and any new readers to our blog … and we thank you for joining us again today for another segment in our article series on marijuana and gum disease. As you may already know, Dr. Scharf is a Periodontist in Long Island who delights in the education of his readers as well as his patients, as he loves to keep them informed about all things dental, especially as they may apply to their overall general health. For those of you who have been following this blog, you may recall that we have been discussing various health topics as they apply to marijuana / cannabis use, gum disease and how the two might be connected. Last week, we continued this article series about marijuana and gum disease, discussing how marijuana/cannabis use can have a long term effect on your brain, discussing the last two of the six major health issues which dentists can see very early in their development as the routine cleaning and evaluations are done. Today, as promised last week, we will discuss a very sensitive topic, the risks of which are increased with marijuana / cannabis use …men’s health, specifically erectile dysfunction. We invite you to come along as we continue to part 13 of this article series as we continue this discussion about men’s health issues as they apply to marijuana use and gum disease.
Gum disease and ED are related… really?
Are you reading this blog post and are finding yourself thinking … “yeah…right! If this is the case, you could be in for a quite a surprise when, perhaps at the worst possible moment, you experience a “deflated” tool that can’t be revived. While this situation is certainly inconvenient as well as embarrassing, it can also be a warning sign to bigger, more serious health problems.
Vascular issues run deeply
There is some recent preliminary research which has been done in Taiwan which reveals that poor dental hygiene can lead to erection difficulties over time. In this study, it showed that men with erectile dysfunction (ED) were 79 percent more likely to have chronic periodontal disease (CPD) than men without ED. Chronic periodontal disease (CPD) is basically an infection of the gum tissues which causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, which creates pockets in which more bacteria and germs can live and breed, wreaking further havoc on the bone that surrounds your teeth.
Chronic inflammation causes changes in the epithelial lining of all of your blood vessels, interfering with normal blood flow, and it is blood flow to vessels in your penis that results in its erection. Medical professionals are concerned when erectile dysfunction is present because the blood vessels in the penis are only about a quarter of the size of blood vessels in other parts of the body. If these vessels are experiencing impeded blood flow, the chances are that other parts of your body will soon or perhaps already are suffering damage, increasing your risks of heart disease and other vascular diseases.
What all of this means to those of you who are currently suffering from ED is this: while it is important to have your medical doctor get involved, ascertaining if other parts are also experiencing dysfunction, it is also important for your oral health to be regularly evaluated and treated as needed to identify and control the gum disease which is likely at the root of the problem. Dr. Scharf wants to be your Periodontist in Long Island and, in that role, he can identify and treat gum disease in any member of your family. Call him at (631)661-6633 or visit him on the web at https://drscharf.com and let him tell you how he can treat gum disease with a laser rather than a scalpel. And, stayed tuned and come back next week as we will continue our discussion of this topic and provide some important information to you guys out there that will help to protect your member.