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This year’s theme is Empowering Women, Cultivating Health:
Celebrating Voices, Wellness, and Resilience.

The theme empowers women to take charge of their health journeys and shines a light on health issues unique to women. It celebrates the strength and determination of women who have taken control of their Health and fosters an environment where all women feel supported and empowered to speak up about their health needs and concerns. Each day, a new topic is celebrated. Follow along here > https://www.womenshealth.gov/nwhw.

Day 7 is the one we will focus on in this blog. Women and Heart Health.

More than 60 million women living in the U.S. have heart disease, affecting underserved communities hardest.

Understanding women’s heart health related to dental care is essential.

Poor oral Health is linked to high blood pressure, which can reduce blood flow to the gums and lead to gum disease. Gum disease is an infection that can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel to the heart, contributing to plaque buildup in arteries. This can lead to heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes. Studies show that women with gum disease are two to three times more likely to develop heart disease than women without gum disease.

Regular dental checkups are not just about maintaining a healthy smile, they are also crucial for your heart health. Dental checkups are recommended every four to six months or twice a year. However, some patients, such as those undergoing dental implants or other extensive treatments, may need more frequent visits. Visiting your dentist is proactive, and seeing your dentist regularly so that they can catch any issues early before they become a problem. At Impeccable Smiles, we practice and provide preventative care.

Prevention Is Possible

Up to 80% of heart attacks and strokes can be prevented. How? It starts with lifestyle changes. This means eating a balanced diet filled with fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, engaging in regular physical activity (at least 150 minutes of moderate exercise per week), quitting smoking, and managing stress. It’s also important to be proactive about your health by getting regular checkups like dental and monitoring blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and other heart disease indicators. Education plays a crucial role because understanding the risk factors and how to address them can drastically reduce the likelihood of heart disease and stroke.

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