There is an association between chronic periodontitis and erectile dysfunction, according to a case-controlled study now summarised for the EFP’s JCP Digest.
The research, conducted at the University of Granada, involved 158 men (80 with erectile dysfunction and a control sample of 78) and found that chronic periodontitis was an independent risk factor for erectile dysfunction.
Summarised as JCP Digest 07 (2018: 45), the study showed that periodontitis patients were more likely to present erectile dysfunction, after adjusting for other risk factors. Researchers said that urologists may need to consider oral-health status when assessing and treating men suffering from this condition.
They also said that longitudinal studies that assess penile endothelial dysfunction with an objective technique were needed in order to better understand the interaction between chronic periodontitis and erectile dysfunction.
The study, published in full in the July 2018 edition of the Journal of Clinical Periodontology, was summarised for JCP Digest by a student at the postgraduate programme in periodontology at the University of Turin in Italy.
Like all issues of JCP Digest, it is published first in English and then translated into Croatian, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish.