Can gum disease prevent erections?

The bacterial plaque accumulated in your teeth is harmless and unnoticeable – until it isn’t. When it becomes hardened, the plaque enters the space underneath your gums and causes inflammation. Gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, which is sometimes associated with erectile dysfunction.

Harmless and unnoticed bacterial plaque

Not many people with erectile dysfunction seek assistance from a dentist, which is perfectly understandable. The problem should be first assessed by a general practitioner, for instance. The effects of oral health should never be ruled out, however.

– I would definitely recommend people with erectile dysfunction to visit a dentist. It is an integral part of the comprehensive treatment of the problem, says Erkki Virta, a dentist and Senior Advisor of Oral Health at Mehiläinen.

Several studies show a link between erectile dysfunction and periodontitis. Although periodontitis may not be a familiar term to many, it is a very common condition that may not even show any symptoms. Approximately half of people in Finland over 30 have periodontitis.

Periodontitis is a dangerous disease that starts with little symptoms. If you do not clean the bacterial plaque between and on the surfaces of your teeth carefully, your gums can become inflamed. A common gingivitis develops into a periodontitis slowly. The bacterial plaque destroys the connective tissue fibres underneath the gums. At its worst, periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose.

Studies show that people with periodontitis are more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction. According to current knowledge, it cannot be said that erectile dysfunction is unequivocally caused by periodontitis. Both conditions are linked with the same risk factors, including smoking, diabetes and coronary artery disease.

However, a study conducted by a Turkish university showed that treating periodontitis also helped with problems with erection.

Erkki Virta considers the link between periodontitis and erectile dysfunction logical: when the bacteria and pathogens enter the circulatory system from the mouth, they start a low-grade inflammation in the body. Consequently, the walls of the blood vessels collect plaque that can cause a stenosis.

– The heart is at the most risk due to plaque accumulation, but it is also harmful to erections. If the vessels are blocked, blood cannot enter the penis to make it larger, Virta explains.

Talk about erection with your dentist

More studies about the relationship between periodontitis and erectile dysfunction are required. Erectile dysfunction is often caused by more than one issue. That is why it is recommended to include an examination performed by a dentist in the treatment options.

Although many feel the subject to be sensitive, erectile dysfunction should be brought up when visiting a dentist.

– Problems with erection are not easy to talk about and not many consider them to be related to oral health. It would be wonderful to improve general awareness of the risks of periodontitis, says Virta.

Oral health is part of sexual health

  1. Self-esteem. Oral wellbeing has an impact of all aspects of life: talking, eating and social interaction. Good oral health boosts your self-esteem and, most likely, your sexual confidence.
  2. Bacteria, viruses and fungi. Various types of bacteria and viruses enter your mouth from your partner’s mouth or genital area during kissing and sex. The healthier your mouth is, the better the bacterial flora can eliminate any harmful bacteria or fungi. Of course, the risk of sexually transmitted diseases is always present, so remember to pay attention to contraception.
  3. Fertility and pregnancy. Oral health is especially important in terms of reproductive health. Periodontitis can make it harder to become pregnant and increase the risk of premature birth. A study also shows that periodontitis is associated with poor motility of sperm.

Book an appointment for a dental check-up from Mehiläinen’s appointment booking service or by calling our customer service on +358 (0)10 273 8000 (0,0835 €/call + 0,1669 €/min).

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Price list and payment

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The price estimate does not include the outpatient clinic fee (€29.90). No Kanta fee is charged for visits to the dentist.
ServiceMobile Benefit pricePrice estimate
Dental check-up
60.50 €
Without Kela reimbursement
76.00 €
Dental check-up for patients with dental fear
96.00 €
Without Kela reimbursement
111.50 €
Dental X-ray of the teeth and jaws
Mobile Benefit 80.00 €
The price with a doctor's referral after Kela compensation is €80.
100.00 €
Without Kela reimbursement
109.00 €
Tartar removal

30–45 minute appointment with a dental hygienist.

Prices 96.00160.80 €, without Kela reimbursement 101.00178.80 €
from 96.00 €
Without Kela reimbursement
from 101.00 €
Dental fillings

1–3 surfaces.

Prices 85.70237.90 €, without Kela reimbursement 95.70260.90 €
from 85.70 €
Without Kela reimbursement
from 95.70 €
Ceramic filling of the tooth

1–3 surfaces.

Prices 239.70636.00 €, without Kela reimbursement 256.70710.10 €
from 239.70 €
Without Kela reimbursement
from 256.70 €
Dental ceramic crown

Laboratory costs are not included in the price estimate.

Prices 566.00734.30 €, without Kela reimbursement 566.00734.30 €
from 566.00 €
Without Kela reimbursement
from 566.00 €
Chipped tooth
Prices 85.70237.90 €, without Kela reimbursement 95.70260.90 €
from 85.70 €
Without Kela reimbursement
from 95.70 €
Tooth extraction
Prices 98.40668.10 €, without Kela reimbursement 108.40730.10 €
from 98.40 €
Without Kela reimbursement
from 108.40 €
Tooth whitening

Price estimate given at the free consultation appointment.

Prices 90.00420.00 €, without Kela reimbursement 90.00420.00 €
from 90.00 €
Without Kela reimbursement
from 90.00 €
Whitening consultation appointment

Includes an individual price estimate for teeth whitening.

Kela reimbursement deducted from the price
Prices 33.8034.90 €, without Kela reimbursement 36.8037.90 €
from 33.80 €
Without Kela reimbursement
from 36.80 €