February is American Hearth Month; How Does Your Oral Health Affect Your Heart?

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. While there is still discussion over the degree of the relationship, it is generally acknowledged that there is an association between heart disease and oral health.
  • Research suggests that people with gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
  • Oral health is the gateway to overall health. The oral cavity serves as a vantage point for early detection of systemic disease.

Heart disease can sometimes be prevented when people make healthy choices and manage their health, such as brushing, flossing, rinsing, eating right and exercising.

Communities, health professionals and caregivers can work together to create opportunities for older adults to make these healthier choices.

Make a difference in your community!

Spread the word about strategies for preventing heart disease and how good oral health can help.