Health Link: Oral Hygiene and Heart Disease | Harmony Dental

The human body operates as a cohesive network of interconnected systems and organs. Unfortunately, issues affecting one area can have repercussions throughout. Recent studies have underscored the correlation between gum disease and heart disease.

While researchers continue to explore the specifics of this connection, it’s notable that individuals with gum disease are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease. Alarmingly, nearly half of all Americans live with undiagnosed gum disease. Given that heart disease ranks as the leading cause of death in the United States, maintaining healthy gums becomes imperative.

Although gum disease can contribute to heart disease, it’s not the sole culprit. Regular visits to your primary care physician are vital for assessing overall health. Lifestyle choices, such as diet and exercise, profoundly impact heart health. Embrace an active lifestyle with activities like walking, biking, or yoga, while minimizing consumption of starches and sugars, including carbonated drinks.

Avoiding smoking, whether traditional or vaping, is crucial. Nicotine adversely affects the cardiovascular system, teeth, gums, and lungs. Recent research has linked vaping to a rapid decline in the oral epithelial cells that play a crucial role in maintaining oral health.

Basic oral hygiene practices, like brushing and flossing twice daily, are foundational. By maintaining balance, regular exercise, and prioritizing oral health, you adopt a holistic approach to overall well-being, mitigating the risk of heart disease.

Preventing gum disease is just one step in averting heart disease. Embrace a proactive stance toward maintaining overall health, beginning with oral health. To schedule a comprehensive cleaning and examination, contact Harmony Dental today. Your well-being is our priority.

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Phone: 267-262-6201
3386 Memphis St
Philadelphia, PA 19134

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