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Adult Oral Care Affects Total Body Health

January 8th, 2015

Did you know that proper adult oral care can positively impact your systemic health? Regular checkups, professional cleanings and good oral hygiene can positively impact your overall well-being in major ways.

While treatment of one may not help control the other, there is a connection between adult oral care and the following health conditions:

  • Cancer: During routine checkups, a good dentist always screens and checks for signs of oral cancer, such as sores or repeated bleeding in the mouth or lips. The earlier it’s discovered the quicker the treatment, which increases survival rates. This is especially important if you smoke.
  • Heart Disease: Studies show that individuals with moderate to advanced periodontal (gum) disease are more likely to suffer with cardiovascular or heart disease, but the correlation needs more study to determine exactly why. In any case, keep your gums in top shape to safeguard your health.
  • Diabetes: Because diabetes can slow the healing process and lessen resistance to infection, those with the disease are more susceptible to gum (periodontal) disease. See your dentist regularly.
  • Pregnancy: The hormonal changes of pregnancy may bring with them an increase in gingivitis, or gum inflammation. This can lead to periodontal disease, so be sure to visit your dentist if you’re expecting and your gums are sore.

There’s more to a healthy set of teeth than confidence and an attractive smile. Stay on top of adult oral care with the affordable Key Dental Plan. Contact one of our knowledgeable customer care representatives at (800) 539-4550 or join online now. This is not insurance.