It seems that nitrogen monoxide (NO) has many functions in the body, NO affects not only erection and blood circulation, but also appears to be a powerful poison against pathogens (pathogenic microorganisms such as bacteria). How NO works in connection with erections, are largely clarified and understood. Read more about nitrogen monoxide and erections. |
How NO and other nitrogen oxides act as a poison against pathogens in the body are not fully clarified and understood.
As mentioned, the microorganisms on the tongue helps to form NO by containing bacteria that convert nitrates to nitrites, and that when the nitrites come into contact with the stomach acid - they are transformed into NO. In this way, the food we eat might help kill harmful bacteria.
This has been confirmed in animal experiments, where it is shown that anaerobic bacteria (bacteria that do not use oxygen in their energy metabolism) live in the area at the back of the tongue. These bacteria use nitrate in their energy conversion rather than oxygene, and in this energy conversion process, nitrates are reduced to nitrite. Nitrite is preserved in the mouth by spit's basic environment, and when nitrite is swallowed with saliva, it comes into contact with stomach acid and NO is formed.
It is not only in the stomach nitrite become converted into NO. Some of the saliva in the oral cavity also finds way to acid-producing bacteria around the teeth and gums, and there converts to NO that kills pathogens. The researchers believe that this might be an important mechanism to prevent ailments associated with teeth and gums.
In this way, the oral cavity, and perhaps especially the posterior part of the tongue, seem to be an important part of the body's NO production, and there is great reason to assume that this NO production also affects the possibilities for a fully functioning erection.
Although these mechanisms have not yet been fully clarified, there is reason to be aware of this. The use of mouthwash fluid that kills bacteria in the mouth can be counterproductive, both in relation to erectile dysfunction, and in relation to problems associated with oral cavity and digestion.
It has been shown that use of mouthwash can reduce the level of nitrite (converted nitrate) in urine by up to 80%. In saliva, the reduction was even greater. If this again affects the level of NO the current survey did not look at - but there is every reason to assume that this might be the case.
If you have any problems with microbiota in the stomach, gum problems - or problems associated with erection, there is reason to stop thinking about whether there are better alternatives to your oral hygiene than anti-bacterial mouthwash. More research is needed. Talk to your doctor.
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