The connection between heart health and oral health

Happy middle aged man reclining on deck chair in gardenDrs. Gary and Ashley McDowell of Abington, PA, are a dental team at McDowell Dental Group who work with patients to ensure they have healthy smiles. But did you also know that a healthy smile also means a healthy heart? By fully understanding the oral-systemic connection, you can have a better grasp of the importance of good quality dental care with an experienced, friendly team of providers.

Understanding the connection between heart health and oral health

There is a strong connection between heart health and oral health. Many of the same risk factors that contribute to heart disease, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and high cholesterol, also increase the risk for oral health problems. In addition, research has shown that inflammation and bacteria in the mouth can lead to heart disease. The “oral systemic connection” links the bacteria in patients with periodontal disease that carries through the blood system to the other organs of the body, causing simultaneous issues.

How can I protect my heart and oral health?

To keep your heart healthy, it is critical that you take care of your mouth. Brushing and flossing regularly can help remove plaque from your teeth and gums, which reduces your risk for gum disease. Gum disease is a severe condition that can lead to tooth loss and other health problems. If you have gum disease, it is crucial to see a dentist so it can be adequately treated.

In addition, we encourage you to eat a healthy diet. Eating foods that are high in fiber and low in saturated fat can help reduce your risk for heart disease. Exercise is also important for heart health. Regular exercise can help you maintain a healthy weight, lower your blood pressure, and improve your cholesterol levels.

By taking care of your mouth and following a healthy lifestyle, you can help reduce your risk for both heart disease and oral health problems.

Learn more about the oral-systemic connection

If you reside in the Abington, PA, community or beyond and are interested in working with Drs. Gary and Ashley McDowell of McDowell Dental Group to learn more about self-care, connect with the team by calling 215-885-0555 for an appointment.

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Yes! After our long tenured residence at the Tempenns building, McDowell Dental Group will be relocating. In addition to the move we are changing our name to McDowell Dental & Aesthetics. Don’t worry, even though there are a lot of changes happening we are still committed to providing our patients with the same valued care we always have. Lead by Dr. Ashley McDowell the office will bring additional focus to cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetics along with all general dentistry services. Dr. Ashley has been working tirelessly over the past year to create a state of the art practice utilizing the best equipment and latest technologies. We are so excited for everyone to see and enjoy our new office.


Starting Monday, November 20th we will be seeing patients at:

1077 Rydal Road
Suite 300
Rydal, PA 19046


It is located just a short distance from our current office. The building has a spacious parking lot and an elevator for ease of travel. We look forward to seeing everyone at our new location!

McDowell Dental & Aesthetics Team