Good health starts here
Oral health is closely linked to your overall health. Dental disease can contribute to cardiovascular disease, respiratory illness, diabetes and other health issues. With regular exams and cleanings, your dentist can help identify warning signs and symptoms of these diseases, before they become larger problems.
Dental exams include oral cancer screenings.
Did you know that dentists perform oral cancer screenings as part of routine preventive exams? That’s why your dentist is your best ally to help detect cancer early.
Almost 90% of people survive oral cancer when it’s caught early.* Unfortunately, most cases are diagnosed in the later stages after the cancer has spread. That’s why it’s important to take advantage of your covered preventive checkups.
Your Mouth & Serious Health Conditions
A great smile. Fresh breath. Pain-free teeth and gums. All marks of good oral health. But did you know your mouth is connected to overall wellness?
Recent research reveals a link between chronic oral infection and serious illnesses, including
- Heart disease
- Premature and low-birthweight babies
- Respiratory disease
Your mouth and mind are connected
It’s not just your body at stake. Oral health conditions like birth defects, chronic pain and cold sores can damage self-esteem, interfere with social interactions, and may result in lost productivity, stress and depression.
Reducing your risk
Preventing dental problems is easy. Just remember:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Visit your dentist regularly and share any health issues with your dentist
Stop being embarrassed by bad breath
Bacteria in the mouth are usually at the root of bad breath—especially on the tongue and gums. While garlic, coffee, onions and sugary foods are big causes of mouth odors.