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Why Oral Health Matters

Your oral health says a lot about your overall health. Protect it with the AARP® Dental Insurance Plan, administered by Delta Dental Insurance Company.

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What your dentist can see

Your dentist may be the first health care provider to notice a potential medical problem. Research shows that more than 90% of all diseases have oral symptoms.1 Many medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancers can be detected early on by your dentist.

Gum health is important to heart health

Recent research has found a link between heart disease and your gums: Having gum disease increases your risk of a first heart attack by 28%.2 Your dentist will help you take steps to reduce your chances of gum disease, inflammation, and related illnesses.

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Tooth loss: Age is not a culprit

Contrary to common belief, tooth loss is primarily the result of preventable oral disease and not a result of the aging process. Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss, but your dentist can help you keep you teeth right where they belong.

National survey reveals baby boomers miss links between oral and overall health. Academy of General Dentistry, 2016.

Rydén L, Buhlin K, Ekstrand E, et al. Periodontitis increases the risk of a first myocardial infarction: A report from the PAROKRANK study, 2016.

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.

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