Category: Individuals

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Oral health and heart disease

February 4, 2019.Individuals.#coronary artery disease

You might be surprised to learn that the health of your teeth and gums can affect the rest of your body and vice versa. Such a connection has long been speculated between oral health and heart disease. While research in this area is ongoing, studies suggests a link between the health of our mouths and the health of our hearts. A review published in the Journal of Periodontology found that gum disease is a risk factor for coronary heart disease and that people with gum disease and fewer teeth have a higher risk of stroke.1 Another study reported by the American Heart Association found that people with healthier gums respond better to blood pressure treatment.2 The link between gum disease and heart disease is largely due to the existence of plaque in both conditions, but it’s hard to say if plaque on teeth causes plaque in arteries or if it’s […]

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Start the year with a great smile and use your dental benefits

January 2, 2019.Individuals.#checkups

Having dental benefits contributes to better oral and overall health. Research shows that people with dental coverage are more likely to go to the dentist. Schedule your next dental appointment and start 2019 with a healthy smile and body.  Here’s why you should visit your dentist regularly and how you can maximize your dental benefits in the new year. Getting Preventive Dental Care Avoids More Costly Treatment Regular preventive care allows the dentist to spot and treat oral health issues early, helping you avoid costly and serious dental problems in the future.  Plus, most dental plans cover preventive dental care, such as cleanings, exams and X-rays, at little or no cost to you. Oral and Overall Health are Linked Your oral health is connected to your overall health. Studies show that gum disease is linked to numerous health conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. In fact, more than 120 […]

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Helpful Tips for Managing Dental Anxiety

October 9, 2018.Individuals.#avoidance

Professional checkups and cleanings make a huge difference in maintaining a healthy smile. Unfortunately, dental anxiety can prevent people from visiting the dentist regularly. If this describes you, you’re not alone. In America, up to 20 percent of adults avoid the dentist due to dental anxiety.1 Luckily, you can reduce your dental anxiety with research, planning and relaxation tools. For the sake of your smile, take a look at our tips to help overcome your anxiety today. Use the power of sound. You’ll likely have your phone with you at your next dentist appointment, so why not plug in your headphones and listen to something soothing? A relaxing track or enjoyable song can reduce anxiety by giving you something else to focus on.2 If you’re looking to engage your mind even further, consider downloading a podcast, audio book or comedy routine for your appointment. Kids with dental anxiety may benefit […]

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What you need to know about implants

September 10, 2018.Individuals.#dental procedures

More than 178 million Americans are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million Americans are missing all of their teeth.  As people age, the incidence of missing teeth increases, and about 30 percent of adults age 65 – 74 years old have no natural teeth.1 Missing teeth affect the ability to chew properly and can affect diet since softer foods are easier to eat and often lack good nutrition. Missing teeth also make talking more difficult and can impact one’s smile and confidence. Dental implants are a durable treatment option for missing teeth, look natural and can last for years.  In fact, 98 percent of implants last more than 10 years, and with good daily care, many can last a lifetime. If you have a missing tooth, talk to your dentist about dental implants. Your dentist can recommend the best treatment option for you. When you receive a dental […]

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How nutrition benefits oral health

September 5, 2018.Individuals.#calcium

While many people know that avoiding sugar is good for teeth, many do not realize that getting the right nutrients and vitamins is also essential for good oral health. Here are five nutrients that benefit both your smile and body as well as ways to incorporate them into your and your family’s diet. Calcium Calcium is critical to the structure of teeth and bones. Calcium is also the most abundant mineral in the body and required by the body’s vascular and muscular systems to function properly.  When you do not consume enough calcium, your body uses the calcium stored in your teeth and bones, weakening their structure.1 Getting enough calcium in your diet keeps teeth and bones strong.   Healthy foods rich in calcium include low-fat milk, cheese, yogurt, broccoli and Chinese cabbage. Magnesium Magnesium is another nutrient used in the development of strong teeth and bones.  It helps the body […]

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