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Health Link: Oral Hygiene and Heart Disease | Dentist West Deptford

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The human body is a network of interconnected systems and organs. Issues that affect one area can impact the health and function of other areas. Recent studies have highlighted evidence linking gum disease and heart disease.

While the exact nature of this connection is still being researched, people with gum disease are almost twice as likely to develop heart disease. Nearly half of all Americans have undiagnosed gum disease. In the United States, heart disease is the leading cause of death, making it crucial to maintain a healthy heart. The first key to doing so might lie in keeping your gums healthy.

Although gum disease may contribute to heart disease, it is not the only cause. Regular visits to your primary care physician are essential to monitor your overall health. Other factors and lifestyle choices also impact heart health.

Diet and Exercise

Maintain an active lifestyle with activities you enjoy, such as walking, biking, playing sports, or doing yoga. Avoid foods high in starches and sugars, including carbonated soft drinks, as they can damage your teeth and contribute to gum disease.

Avoid Smoking

Whether you’re smoking or vaping, nicotine negatively affects your cardiovascular system and can damage teeth, gums, and lungs. Recent studies have connected vaping to a rapid loss of healthy cells that line the top layer of your mouth, which play a crucial role in maintaining oral health.

Brush and Floss Regularly

The most basic part of oral hygiene is also the most effective. Brush and floss at least twice a day to maintain healthy gums and teeth.

By maintaining a balanced lifestyle, exercising regularly, and taking care of your teeth, you adopt a holistic approach to your well-being and minimize your risk of developing heart disease.

Preventing gum disease alone won’t eliminate the risk of heart disease entirely. However, you can take proactive steps to keep your body healthy, starting with your oral health.

For a cleaning and examination, please contact Friendly Smiles. As your trusted dentist in West Deptford, we are here to help you maintain optimal oral and overall health.

Friendly Smiles of West Deptford
Phone: 856-464-1141
1165 Mantua Pike
West Deptford, NJ 08051