Chew on This: Good Oral Health Can Help Fight Major Diseases

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Do you know how important your oral health is to your overall health? Research by the Academy of General Dentistry shows that more than 90% of all systemic diseases (involving many organs or the whole body) are linked to oral health issues, such as swollen gums, mouth ulcers and dry mouth. These diseases include:

  • Heart disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Diabetes
  • Oral cancer
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Leukemia

If you get routine oral exams every 6-12 months as recommended by the American Dental Association, your dentist may be able to find a health problem in its early stages. Learn more about the link between your oral health and your overall health from our dental care partner, Delta Dental.

To keep your teeth healthy between visits to the dentist, it’s important to know the risks associated with foods and drinks you consume each day. Check out the infographic above from Bright Side Dental that highlights some of the worst oral offenders.

With fall festivities featuring treats like cider, doughnuts and candy, now also is a good time for a reminder from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. AAPD recommends that children go to the dentist by age 1 or within six months after their first tooth comes in.

If your kiddos have candy to spare this year, check out Bright Side Dental’s Halloween Candy Buy Back Program to help support U.S. troops, and get a chance to win some great prizes!


HAP members, learn more about your options for dental coverage.

Categories: Get Healthy

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