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Healthy Mouth, Healthy You: The Importance of Oral Health!

Our bodies are incredibly interconnected. Poor oral health can negatively impact overall health. And plenty of health conditions can hurt oral health. Improving either oral or overall health can have wideranging positive effects.

Conditions that can be intensified by oral health issues:

  • Endocarditis – an infection of the inner lining of your heart chambers or valves
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Pregnancy and birth complications
  • Pneumonia

Conditions that affect oral health:

  • Diabetes
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Osteoporosis
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Eating disorders
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Certain cancers

How can I protect my oral health?

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoridated toothpaste
  • Floss and use alcohol-free mouthwash at least once a day
  • Stick to a healthy diet and limit sugars and starches
  • Replace your toothbrush every three months
  • Avoid tobacco use

COVID-19 delayed your preventive dental care visit?

If your regular preventive dental care visits have been delayed due to COVID-19, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible.

Dentists across the country have adapted their practices to provide a safe environment for staff and patients. From wearing additional protective gear to taking patients’ temperatures on arrival, you may find that your next visit to the dentist is a little different than what you’re used to. But it’s all done to help ensure the safety and well-being of you and the dental office staff.

With the new safety measures in place at most dental offices, you can now prioritize important dental care and help stay healthier overall. After all, good oral health is just one component of good whole health.

This information was provided by Cigna Dental. For more information about their plans through the ASRS, visit Cigna.com/ASRS. |

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