February 9, 2012

Did You Know Your Oral Health and Heart Health Are Connected?

The heart is a central focus of February because of Valentine’s Day. There’s quite a difference, though, between the red, decorative heart associated with love and the heart beating in our bodies. The heart as a vital organ, as opposed to a romantic symbol, is an important organ and one that, perhaps surprisingly, can be impacted by your oral health.

The trouble begins when built up plaque and bacteria create pockets between your teeth and gums. These pockets offer the very same bacteria and plaque an avenue to your bloodstream and, from there, other parts of your body.

All of which is why it’s so important to stay on top of your oral health. Through regular visits to Dr. Polansky’s Cherry Hill dental office, you can support your oral health and, as a result, support your heart’s health as well.

Which is not to say that gum disease prevention automatically leads to heart disease prevention.

The exact nature of their relationship is still a topic of debate, but the evidence more than indicates that a link does exist.

For questions about this link and what you can do to help your oral and overall health, give our Cherry Hill office a call today. Dr. Polansky is more than happy to help patients from Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Marlton, Haddonfield, Haddon Heights, Audubon, and surrounding areas learn all they can about achieving optimal oral health.

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