Get Wise About Your Oral Health

Get Wise About Your Oral Health



You’re probably wise to the fact that brushing,
flossing and seeing your dentist are all important for a healthy smile, even if you have dentures. But what you may not know is how your oral
health is connected to your overall health. It’s time to get wise! During a routine exam, your dentist is looking
for more than cavities and gum disease. They’re searching for clues pointing to
serious health issues inside and outside your mouth. By examining your mouth, head and neck, dentists
can detect 120 signs and symptoms of non dental disease, including respiratory, heart and
kidney disorders. For example, inflammation of the gums and
jaw pain could be associated with heart disease. Tooth loss or changes in denture fit could
be a sign of osteoporosis. Other diseases with oral signs and symptoms
your dentist may observe include oral cancer, kidney disease, digestive disorders …. the
list goes on. Seeing a dentist can also help manage chronic
health conditions, like diabetes or dry mouth. People with diabetes are at higher risk of
gingivitis and serious gum disease, especially when blood glucose levels are poorly controlled. Dry mouth, a side effect of many medications,
can lead to an increase in tooth decay. Without saliva, it's more difficult for the
body to protect the tooth enamel. Dental visits are wise for your oral AND your
overall health, and Delta Dental has you and your family covered. Three out of four dentists participate in
Delta Dental’s networks, which makes finding an excellent dentist at
home or anywhere you go easy. And when it’s easy, you’re more likely
to use your benefits. Many Delta Dental benefit plans cover preventive
dental visits at 100 percent when you see an in-network dentist and your
annual maximum has not been met. So stay wise and schedule your next appointment. These visits help keep your gums and teeth healthy, and catch possible warning signs of other health issues. Visit Delta Dental online to find an in-network
dentist near you.

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