Oral Health & Overall Health

A collaboration between Columbia University College of Dental Medicine—one of the nation’s top dental schools—and Aetna, Simple Steps to Better Dental Health® is a comprehensive dental information website.

The mouth-body connection

You may have heard of the mind-body connection, but what about the mouth-body connection? To many people, a dental visit is about getting their teeth cleaned, having a tooth pulled, or getting a filling. However, a dental visit is not just about teeth. It is also about your overall health. What goes on in your mouth can affect the rest of your body. What goes on in your body also can have an effect on your mouth.

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Dental benefits and Dental insurance plans are offered, underwritten or administered by Aetna Dental Inc., Aetna Dental of California Inc., Aetna Health Inc. and/or Aetna Life Insurance Company, and in Texas by Aetna Dental Inc., and in Arizona by Aetna Health Inc. Dental rider plans are provided or administered by Aetna Health Inc., Aetna Health of California Inc.; Aetna Dental Inc.; and/or Aetna Life Insurance Company; and in Arizona by Aetna Health Inc. and/or Aetna Health Insurance Company; and in Texas by Aetna Health Inc., Aetna Health Insurance Company and/or Aetna Life Insurance Company (Aetna). In Maryland, by Aetna Health Inc., 151 Farmington Avenue, Hartford, CT 06156. Each insurer has sole financial responsibility for its own products.

This material is for information only. Dental benefits and dental insurance plans contain exclusions and limitations.  Dental information programs provide general dental information and are not a substitute for diagnosis or treatment by a dentist or other dental care professional. Dental providers are independent contractors and are not agents of Aetna. Provider participation may change without notice. Aetna does not provide care or guarantee access to dental services. For self-funded accounts, benefits coverage is offered by your employer, with administrative services only provided by Aetna Life Insurance Company. Information is believed to be accurate as of the production date; however, it is subject to change. For more information about Aetna plans, refer to www.aetna.com.

Policy forms issued in Oklahoma include: GR-9, GR-9N, GR-23 and/or GR-29/GR-29N.

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