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Make Good Dental Health a New Year’s Resolution

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We are about to close the books on another year. Many of us take time with our families over the holidays to reflect on the past year and make plans for the future with some New Year’s resolutions.When you look back over the year gone by, did it include a couple of trips to your dentist’s office? Your health and dental insurance coverage probably allows for a visit or two to the dentist for routine maintenance every year. Take advantage of this opportunity, because regular trips to the dentist can help stave off expensive (and painful!) treatments that can be prevented. If you need more convincing before scheduling your next appointment, read on.

An Ounce of Prevention

While most people admit to enjoying “fresh from the dentist” clean teeth, few enjoy the time they spent in the dentist’s chair to get that feeling. But a fresh mouth is far from the only reason to scheduling your next cleaning appointment. Regular dental checkups can help prevent gum disease and tooth decay, and catch oral cancer in its early stages. In addition, most of the dental procedures we generally think of as unpleasant (root canal, tooth replacement, bleeding gums) can be prevented with regular dental check-ups.

Other Health Conditions

Did you know your dentist can help alert you to problems with your overall well-being? Research has shown a correlation between oral health and other health problems. Your dentist may alert you to:

  • Anemia If your gums are pale or sore and your tongue is smooth or bulging, you may be anemic.
  • Heart Disease or Stroke Risk Gum disease is associated with an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. Bacteria starting in a simple cavity can enter your bloodstream and create inflammation in your body, which in turn increases your risk of disease.
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis A person suffering with Rheumatoid Arthritis is more likely to be diagnosed with gum disease because of the same inflammation that makes them more susceptible to other illnesses.
  • Diabetes Is your mouth always dry? Does your breath make people run for cover when you exhale? It may be more than a lack of water and a love of garlic. Along with other symptoms, these are signs your blood sugar is out of control.
  • Gastrointestinal Issues Your dentist will check your teeth for signs of erosion. If present, it might be caused by stomach acid which acts as an enamel stripper.

By understanding the interconnection between your dental health and your general physical condition, you can take steps to protect yourself from illness.

New Year’s Resolution

If you have gotten a bit behind on your dental check-ups, there is no time like the present to fix it. Check your annual health and dental insurance plan limit, make sure you add taking care of your dental health to your list of New Year’s Resolutions, and call your dentist to schedule an appointment today.

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    1. Hi Rose. We’d be happy to help you find a plan that meets your needs. You can call us at 1-800-667-0429, Monday to Friday between 8:45AM to 4:45PM ET to speak with a live agent.

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