The Dental-Medical Health Connection

A healthier mouth can make for a healthier life

It may seem like your mouth is separate from the rest of your body. After all, you visit a different health professional when you need a filling or tooth cleaning. You may have separate insurance for your dental needs.

But that doesn't make your mouth less important. Far from it! Did you know:

  • If you have gum disease, you are more likely to become diabetic.
  • People who already have diabetes are more likely to be diagnosed with gum disease. Having gum disease can make your blood sugar harder to control.
  • People with gum disease may be more likely to have heart attacks or strokes.
  • Poor oral health – untreated tooth decay, missing teeth, gum disease – can lead to unhealthy diet choices. And a poor diet can increase your risk for infection and illness.
  • Pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to have a preterm (premature) birth, compared with women who have healthy gums
  • Pregnant women who care for their mouths – by having cavities taken care of and by brushing and flossing regularly – are less likely to pass on cavity-causing bacteria to their babies.

Keeping your mouth healthy shouldn't be an afterthought. Our insurance options and discount programs are designed to help.


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