The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a study a few years back that showed 53% of male patients with Erectile Dysfunction (ED) also suffered severe gum disease. ED affects millions of men in the U.S.; some experts estimate that one in four men seek treatment for the condition. The percentages increase with age. According to WebMD, 5% of men around 40 have ED while 15 to 25% of men aged 65 have it. Like all the other connections, the link between ED and gum disease is tied to the inflammation of the gums that passes to the other systems throughout the body.