Why do your teeth matter for your overall health?

dental care and health Thursday, April 11, 2019


Taking care of your teeth is about more than maintaining your smile. Research shows that good, healthy oral habits lead to better overall health.

Problems with your teeth and gums are linked to other health concerns. Diabetes, pregnancy, and other health conditions increase your chances for gum disease and cavities so it's important to:

  • brush your teeth twice a day, or after meals
  • floss daily
  • keep up with regular dental visits, including cleanings twice a year

These habits are good for everyone, not only those with existing conditions. Poor dental health can lead to increased risks for serious medical issues. According to Blue Cross Blue Shield Health of America, people with gum or dental conditions are:

  • 25% more likely to suffer from heart disease
  • 2 times as likely to visit the ER or have a hospital stay
  • Likely to suffer from autoimmune disorders, anemia, gastro-intestinal disorders, or renal disease

A recent study also linked gum disease to high blood pressure.

These health implications are serious. So Premera added routine dental coverage for adults ages 19 and over to our individual health plans in Alaska.

Here's what that coverage looks like if you live in Alaska and buy a non-HSA plan through healthcare.gov. You’ll get 2 cleanings and 1 set of bitewing x-rays per year, with the deductible waived. You’ll also get access to our large network of dentists and a simple experience for managing all your healthcare. If you're on an employer-sponsored health plan, your employer can provide more information about your coverage.

Your mouth is part of your body, so it’s important to take good care of it and avoid unnecessary complications. Now your Premera health plan can help.

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