Good health starts with a healthy mouth. Regular dental cleanings may prevent complications with serious health conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and premature and underweight babies.
Why do I need dental coverage?
Healthy gums help prevent bacteria in your mouth from entering your bloodstream, keeping you healthier.
- In a poll by the American Dental Association, 33 percent say they are unaware that periodontal disease needs to be treated and cannot be left alone.
- Nearly 1 in 3 adults in the US aged 30-54 has periodontal (gum) disease. (Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, June 2007)
- Dental disease is one of the leading causes of school absenteeism for children (Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, June 2007)
Dental care is always important, and with regular dental care, a dentist may be able to recognize early problems that you can't see, and provide simple treatment to stop a serious condition from progressing.