Taking a bite out of bedroom bliss

Having trouble in the bedroom? Quick, grab a mirror and check your gums. According to a new study of causes of ED published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, men with inflamed gums caused by severe periodontal disease were three times as likely to experience erection problems.

Researchers compared 80 men between the ages of 30 and 40 who had erection troubles with a control group of 82 men without bedroom issues. It turns out that over half of the men with erection troubles had inflamed gums. But only 23 percent of the men in the control group had gum problems.

Even after making adjustments for things like income, education level, age, and body mass index, gum disease was still linked to causes of ED. Other studies have linked troubles in your mouth to troubles with your heart and vascular system.

The moral of this story?

If you're a guy, for goodness sake take care of your teeth and gums! And if you're just married to one, then you might want to seriously consider giving the gift of a good electric toothbrush this year. There are 12 Days of Christmas, after all.