Men with severe periodontal disease were 3.29 times more likely to suffer from erection problems than men with healthy gums.
Published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine (yes, there is such a journal folks), the data backs up the theory that vascular problems begin in the mouth.
Dr Faith Oguz, of Inonu University in Turkey said, 'The result of our study support the theory that chronic periodontitis is present more often in patients with erectile dysfunction than those without and should be considered as a factor by clinicians treating men with erection problems.'
Dr Faith pointed out that the sample excluded known risk groups for heart disease. 'We particularly selected men aged between 30 and 40 to assess the impact of chronic periodontal disease on erectile dysfunction without the results being influenced by the effects of aging.
So ladies the first order of business is to check his gums - sorta like horse wranglers do when buying a stud. And when invited over sneak into the bathroom and see if the toothbrush is worn out. If you don't find one, or the one there still has the wrapper on it, exit before the first kiss.
Save yourself the grief of expecting to shake hands with 'Captain Standish' and getting a handful of 'Wilting Willy' instead.