Hopefully, most men reading this article will already be as dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene as they are to maintaining good penis health. But in case they are not, it may interest them to know that sometimes the two can be related and that the health of an erect penis may be related to some degree to the state of a man's oral hygiene. If that sounds a little sketchy - after all, a man's mouth is pretty far away from his penis - read on to learn more.
Oral hygiene is the overall term for the state of health associated with the mouth. In most cases, when a person talks about oral hygiene, they're referring to the day-to-day activities someone engages in to keep the teeth healthy - brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, etc. Oral hygiene would also encompass those less-frequent activities, such as getting a dental check-up regularly, having teeth cleaned, taking care of cavities, etc.
One of the goals of good oral hygiene is to prevent the development of periodontitis, or advanced gum disease. Also called pyorrhea, periodontitis is the name given to a range of inflammatory diseases that can strike the tissues that surround the teeth.
Periodontitis starts when microorganisms develop on the teeth. The body's immune system responds with agents to neutralize these microorganisms. The battle between the two forces significantly weakens the bones in the area and provides other problematic issues, which cause the gums to deteriorate; thus, the overall health of the teeth and mouth lessen.
As part of this decrease in overall oral health, agents are released which weaken the endothelial cells, which form the lining on the blood vessels.
So what does all this have to do with an impact on the erect penis? It's actually not as far-fetched as it sounds.
A study in the Journal of Sex and Medicine looked at rats with periodontitis. They found that many of these rats also had difficulty in attaining an erect penis.
Periodontitis can cause damage to the endothelial cells that line blood vessels. When these cells are damaged, the vessels are unable to open and close as they normally do. That means that when blood rushes to the penis to create and maintain an erection, not as much of it is able to get through and do its job. That's what was happening with these rats: they either weren't getting an erect penis or they weren't getting one that was as hard and firm as it needed to be.
The doctors theorized the damage to the endothelial cells was related to a lack of nitric oxide, which is one of the key components that allows blood vessels to open and be receptive to a greater flow.
Therefore, men who are interested in keeping their erect penis healthy should also spend time keeping their teeth healthy. Regular brushing and flossing is key, but so is seeing the dentist on a regular basis. Often a person doesn't know they have periodontitis until it is relatively advanced, so taking steps to prevent it or to nip it early is essential.
Oral hygiene is just one step in maintaining the health an erect penis needs. Regular use of a superior penis health crème (health professionals recommend Man1 Man Oil, which is clinically proven mild and safe for skin) also plays a role. Be sure to find a crème that includes L-arginine. This amino acid is part of the process by which nitric oxide is developed, which is important in keeping penile blood vessels open and flowing. The crème should also include vitamin C, a key component of collagen, a tissue in the body that gives skin its tone and elasticity and is vital for penile erections.