February marks the beginning of American Heart Month. Across the country, medical professionals are trying to raise awareness about heart disease prevention. In the United States, one out of every three deaths is a result of cardiovascular disease. Unfortunately, many people don’t understand the simple steps for decreasing their risk of heart disease. In today’s blog, your Livingston dentists, Drs. David and Gary Silverstrom, explain how reducing your risk of heart disease also safeguards your dental health.

Proper Nutrition

Eating healthy strengthens your heart and protects your smile. Try to avoid foods high in sodium, trans fats, sugar, and cholesterol. Add more fresh fruit and vegetables to your diet. Obesity is a leading cause of heart disease and often leads to serious dental issues such as obstructive sleep apnea. Foods and drinks high in sugars and other starches not only pack on the pounds, but also leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. Bacteria in your mouth break down sugars and other food particles, which increase the presence of oral acids. Over time, acid weakens enamel, leaving your teeth susceptible to tooth decay. Proper nutrition reduces high blood pressure, decreases cholesterol, and brightens your smile.


To combat the symptoms of heart disease, the CDC recommends at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise each day. Regular exercise fights heart disease by lowering blood pressure and decreasing cholesterol levels. Working out in the sun provides an additional bonus, as well: stronger tooth enamel. When a person runs, jogs, or even walks outside, the sun’s UV rays give much-needed doses of vitamin D. This vitamin promotes calcium absorption, which strengthens bones and tooth enamel.

Preventive Dentistry

While exercise and diet do promote good oral and heart health, preventive dentistry can help your teeth stay beautiful and bright. Regular checkups and cleanings from your Livingston dentists allow Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom to watch for the signs of developing dental issues. Early detection allows Dr. David or Gary Silverstrom to prescribe the necessary treatment to ensure a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums.

Schedule an Appointment with Your Livingston Dentists

Do you or your family need a checkup or cleaning? Schedule a consultation with your Livingston dentists today. Contact The Silverstrom Group in Livingston, New Jersey by calling (973) 797-9345. The Silverstrom Group is located at 580 South Livingston Avenue, Livingston, New Jersey.