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The Link Between Gum Disease & Erectile Dysfunction

The Link Between Gum Disease & Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is more common in men treated for gum disease, Reuters Health reports.

According to a new analysis of existing studies, chronic bacterial infection of the gums, also known as periodontitis, is not only a major cause of tooth loss for adults. but has also been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and general inflammation. Both can be tied to stroke and hardening of the arteries, which, in turn, have been associated with erectile dysfunction (ED).

The review authors looked at data from five studies that were published between 2009 and 2014 and covered over 213,000 participants aged 20 to 80. According to one of the studies reviewed, erectile dysfunction was 2.28 times more common for men with periodontitis than for men without it, while a study from 2013 found that treating periodontitis improves erectile dysfunction symptom.

Overall, the analysis, published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, concluded that ED was was more common among men being treated for chronic periodontitis, particularly in those younger than 40 and older than 59.

Even though the review authors state that further epidemiological studies may be needed to better estimate, it might be beneficial to “inform patients with chronic periodontitis about its association with ED,”  said senior author Dr. Zhigang Zhao of The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University in China.

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3 Reasons to be Thankful for Your Dental Health, by Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Care

3 Reasons to be Thankful for Your Dental Health, by Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Care

November 26th this year marks Thanksgiving, the day in which we gather with family and friends and express our gratitude for each other and all that we have. This year, Dr. Ferdkoff and Plainfield Dental Care would like you to also give thanks to your dental health. With gratitude in mind, here are 3 reasons why you should be thankful that you’ve practiced good oral hygiene, just like the dentist recommended!

  1. Be Thankful for a Healthy Mouth: Brushing your teeth twice per day, 3 Reasons to be Thankful for Your Dental Health, by Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Carecombined with daily flossing and regular rinsing in between meals, are three of the best ways to have a healthy mouth. Using other dental aids such as tongue cleaners, fluoride and any medicated rinses, are also a major factor. We know that these habits can take some time to perfect, but your overall health will benefit along with your beautiful, healthy smile.
  2. Give Thanks for No Tooth & Gum Sensitivities or Pain: Taking care of your teeth and gums allows you to fully experience and enjoy everything from hot and cold drinks and foods to some sweet treats (in moderation of course!) throughout the Holiday season! Appreciating your clean and strong teeth will keep you on track and healthy throughout the season and the rest of your lifetime.
  3. Say Thank You for Your Bright Smile: A beautiful, healthy smile is the ultimate goal at Plainfield Dental Care. Regular visits to the dentist at least twice per year, in conjunction with good at-home dental care, is the only way to preserve the smile that you have cared for all this time. Your pearly whites can stay both pearly and white with these regular visits, and with the Holiday Season here, there will be plenty of opportunities for you to show everyone that dazzling smile!

Need to visit the dentist before you give thanks this Thanksgiving? Make an appointment today!

Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544


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Top Dental Tips for Halloween from Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Care

Top Dental Tips for Halloween from Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Care

It’s that time of year when the whole family comes together for trick-or-treating on Halloween! While this Holiday brings fun Fall activities and family bonding, it also brings with it the dental nightmare, called candy. Children will collect all types of candies throughout the evening, and at least 80% of parents will enjoy some candy with their kids. For all the young and old candy lovers out there this October 31st, Plainfield Dental Care and Dr. Ferdkoff have outlined our top dental tips for a healthier Halloween this year.

Be SelectiveTop Dental Tips for Halloween from Dr. Ferdkoff at Plainfield Dental Care

Not all Halloween treats are scary! Our tip is to encourage parents and children to eat the candy that melts quickly. It’s best to avoid chewy candies, like caramels and gummies, as well as hard candies, like lollipops, because these tend to linger on the teeth and in the mouth.

Hide the Excess Candy

It’s harder to avoid candy if it’s prominently placed around your home! Hide it away in a cupboard or pantry. Allow kids to have a treat or two as a dessert or during a snack time, but not at multiple times throughout the day.

Avoid Grazing

This tip will be easy if the excess candy is hidden! The more that sugar is present in the mouth, the greater the chances of tooth decay. Have your candy as an after meal treat. Remember to brush your teeth after eating candy, or at least rinse your mouth with water.

Eat a Healthy Meal First

Fill up on a healthy, nutritious meal before having some candy. This will give both children (and parents!) less temptation to eat too much candy. Overdoing your candy consumption can not only harm your teeth, but it may also make you feel sick!

This Halloween does not have to be a time being scared of potential dental problems. Everyone deserves sweet treats here and there! These tips are meant to give both parents and children our best dental hygiene tricks to maintain great dental health throughout Halloween and the rest of the year and to avoid dental fillings.

Plainfield Dental Care proudly provides quality dental care to the community of Plainfield, IL 60585 and surrounding areas. Their featured services are General Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Laser Gum Treatment, Dental Implants, and many more. All families are welcome at their dental office, and they accept most insurance plans.

13621 S Route 59
 Unit 103

Plainfield, IL 60544


(815)676-0906

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