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How to Keep Your Smile Healthy as You Age

September 1, 2022.Individuals.#dental exam

Did you know that your teeth can say a lot about your age? Aging can have a noticeable impact on your smile. As you get older, the appearance of your teeth is typically darker and duller. In addition, receding gums give the lips less support, making you look older. Effects of poor oral health can go beyond a person’s mouth. Research continues to show a connection between oral and overall health. Gum disease has been linked to several systemic diseases, including diabetes and heart disease. Luckily, it is never too late to form better oral health habits that benefit your overall health. Take a moment during National Healthy Aging Month to learn more about oral health and how to keep your smile in tip-top shape. Four ways your smile can change as you age General wear and tear Dry mouth caused by medications Shifting teeth—can cause receding gums and make them more […]

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Understanding Your Dental Benefits

March 4, 2021.Individuals.#annual maximum

Dental benefits go hand in hand with good oral and overall health. However, 46% of adults aged 30 years or older in the United States show signs of gum disease.1 Finding the right dental plan and understanding how to get the most from your benefits can help you care for your oral health while staying true to your budget. Learn how you can take advantage of the benefits of preventive care, schedule treatments at the right time and save money. Comparing Dental Coverage Options Choosing dental coverage that’s right for you and your family starts with looking at your needs. One way to do that is to review how you used your dental coverage in previous years –– including trips to the dentist and completed procedures –– and evaluate your current health conditions. Compare the dental coverage options based on the type of services you need. There are three common […]

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Delicious holiday treats to share and care for oral health

December 4, 2019.Individuals.#dental health

The holidays bring family and friends together and often, gatherings are filled with sweet treats of the season. This holiday, offer healthier options that are tasty as well as healthier for your teeth. Chocolate covered strawberries with pistachios Strawberries are available year-round and are a tooth-friendly treat when you choose dark chocolate. It’s lower in sugar than milk or white chocolate and offsets the sweetness of the strawberry. Pistachios are high in antioxidants and can help improve blood vessel health in the gum tissue. Easy-to-make, these dark chocolate-covered strawberries with pistachios will leave your guests smiling. Cinnamon spiced pumpkin muffins and breads A well-known spice, cinnamon has been shown to be beneficial to your oral health by helping to prevent inflammation and fight bacteria. Pumpkin contains Vitamin A which promotes the production of saliva and improves symptoms of dry mouth. Its magnesium content can help prevent the development of gum […]

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Diabetic related health problems can occur in your mouth. Understand what to look for and how to help prevent oral health issues if you have diabetes.

November 4, 2019.Individuals.#dental exam

Diabetes affects more than 30 million people in the United States and one in four of them do not know they have it.1 It affects your body’s ability to produce or use insulin, a hormone that allows your body to turn sugar into energy. Excess sugar in your blood can lead to health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, kidney disease and oral health issues. Oral health problems associated with diabetes. Diabetics are more likely to experience gum disease at an earlier age than those who do not have the disease. Periodontal disease can also change blood glucose levels, making diabetes more difficult to manage. Understand how too much blood sugar can cause pain and infections in your mouth causing problems for your: Teeth. Due to high sugar or glucose blood levels, harmful bacteria can grow which can cause bad breath and also cause a soft, sticky […]

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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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