There is a growing body of research that indicates a link between chronic periodontal disease and erectile dysfunction (ED) and the common thread appears to be related to inflammation. Journal of Sexual Medicine found that men in their thirties who had inflamed gums caused by severe periodontal disease were three times more likely to suffer from ED. A new study in the International Journal of Impotence Research suggests that ED is related to the damage caused by endothelial dysfunction and the systemic inflammatory changes associated with chronic periodontal disease (CPD). The risk of ED is related to many factors, including age, smoking, diabetes, heart disease, depression, and hypertension. So to avoid getting CPD please see your dentist and hygienist on a regular basis.