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Heart Your Heart This Month (And Your Smile)

added on: February 13, 2020
heart health month

Your Wilmington holistic dentist loves every one of our patients. We want you and your family to be healthy and happy for a lifetime. We thought, in honor of Heart Health Month, we would talk a little bit about the importance of cardiac health and its connection to your teeth.

Raising Awareness for Better Heart Health

The American Heart Association says heart disease is the leading cause of death for both women and men in our country. Your holistic Wilmington dentist did some digging and found out heart issues are affecting us right here at home. The Delaware Behavioral Risk Factor Survey (BRFS) found that in 2017, hypertension and high blood cholesterol affected more than a third of the state’s adult population. It also shows that 6.4 percent of adults living in Delaware reported a diagnosis of coronary heart disease, or they had a heart attack.

As you can see, heart disease doesn’t discriminate. It attacks both men and women across the country and in Delaware.

Time to Make a Change

We want you to be healthy — bottom line. That’s why your holistic dentist in Wilmington places so much emphasis on wellbeing and total body health. Sure, we take care of your teeth, but your smile has a deep connection to the rest of your body too.

Make 2020 the year you made healthy, life-saving changes that can help lower your risk of developing this deadly disease. If you know someone who’s already been diagnosed, you can help them too. Controlling and preventing these risk factors is always best:

– Watch your weight
– Be active and get exercise
– Quit smoking and vaping
– Avoid secondhand smoke
– Control your cholesterol levels
– Keep blood pressure in check
– Drink alcohol in moderation
– Eat a heart-healthy diet

What’s With Teeth and Heart Disease?

While research is still ongoing, there’s still a debate about the connection between poor oral health and heart disease. Studies have shown:

  • Gum disease is associated with an elevated risk of developing heart disease.
  • Poor dental health can lead to a bacterial infection that spreads to your bloodstream and can affect your heart valves.
  • Certain patterns for tooth loss have connections to coronary artery disease.

Your Wilmington holistic dentist believes in the powerful connection between your smile and your body. That’s why we believe in using non-invasive yet proven methods of holistic dental care. If you’re concerned about your smile or if you want to learn more, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our knowledgeable team at All About Smiles. We look forward to helping you stay healthy!

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It all adds up to better health, smile, body, and spirit!