Common Erectile Dysfunction causes stem from both physical and emotional components. The physical part is caused by a myriad of health issues including obesity, diabetes, poor cardiovascular health, Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, medications, smoking, and substance abuse. The emotional component is often linked with the physical, including stress and anxiety in anticipation of sex and getting or maintaining an erection, and depression or other mental health concerns.

At Charleston Men’s Clinic, we want to help you get to the root cause of your sexual health issues whether it be erectile dysfunction, low testosterone, or premature ejaculation. We’re always here for guidance and support, and when you’re ready, making a treatment plan so you can feel and perform your best!

ED is a straightforward condition when it comes to its causes and symptoms, but did you know there is a whole host of oddities that can contribute to ED? Follow along as we explore how flossing and other oddities can affect ED.

ED’s Oddities

While poor nutrition that leads to obesity, high cholesterol and blood pressure, and diabetes is one of the leading causes of ED, there are uncommon things that you may do or not do that could contribute to ED.


If you’re not following the recommended advice of your dentist to floss daily, it may be keeping you from a healthy erection. Researchers found that roughly 15 percent of men with ED also suffer from gum disease, compared to the two percent of men who do not have ED. Oral inflammation can decrease an important enzyme called eNOS that helps to synthesize nitric oxide to regulate regular blood flow, and without your blood pumping and flowing properly, getting an erection will become a struggle.

If you’re struggling with sexual arousal, flossing may just be the key for you! Support healthy gums and a healthy erection by flossing at least once a day!

Your Profession

Many would forego the thought that their job is keeping them from a satisfying sex life, but the two could be linked. If you’re in a profession with increased anxiety and stress, such as customer service, healthcare, or public servants (firefighters and police officers), common coping strategies are often in smoking, drinking, and medications such as antidepressants. We know that mental health issues are a leading psychological cause of ED and taking depressants, such as alcohol, don’t help. If the nervous system is not able to perform because it’s distracted, getting an erection will be an issue.

The best solution is to try and find other ways to cope with your job and to try and not stress over the psychological components of ED too much.

Salty and Savory Are Your Flavors of Choice

Cardiovascular disease is a known offender in ED, and it’s estimated that a middle-aged man has a 60 percent chance of developing the disease in his lifetime. Salt is a culprit of high blood pressure and plays a role in cardiovascular disease. When you have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, they harden arteries and begin to build plaque and diminish blood flow. In addition, you’re more likely to experience a stroke which can damage nerves and their pathways, thus affecting the nerves to your penis and ability to get an erection.

If you consume an abundance of salt, think about how you can work on reducing your intake. Salt hides insidiously in processed food, so guiding your nutrition more towards whole, unprocessed foods may help.

Your Diet is More McDonalds Than Mediterranean

If you’re eating a highly processed diet, as we’ve touched on before, it spells grave trouble for your heart health and overall well-being. Following a Mediterranean-style diet has been shown most effective with those who suffer from ED. Its focus on whole-foods and healthy fats combined with plenty of colorful vegetables helps address blood vessels and plaque growth and improves nitric oxide production.

Throughout this blog, we’ve expanded on uncommon things can contribute to ED such as the lack of flossing, your job, too many salty foods, and a poor diet. Stay tuned for part two, because there are more oddities to explore!

If you’re suffering a less-than-firm erection and think you may be suffering from ED, don’t suffer alone and in silence. Reach out and connect with us at Charleston Men’s Clinic where we staff all male team members to provide a comfortable and non-judgemental space. Call today!