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Celebrate your smile!

Oral health is more important than ever for older adults

September 6, 2012

September is a great time to celebrate a lifetime of healthy smiles. That’s the theme of a wellness campaign launched this month by our group of Delta Dental companies.

As part of our SmileWay® Wellness Program, we’re focusing this month on adult dental health and healthy aging. Our SmileWay website contains interesting articles and videos that emphasize the connection between good oral health and overall health as part of aging healthfully. We’ve also posted a special edition of our SmileWay Wellness Newsletter. Be sure to visit our website to take our gum disease and cavity risk assessment quizzes and to view flyers with oral health information especially for adults.

Let’s face it — aging is unavoidable. But good oral health isn’t, and with more adults keeping more of their natural teeth for a lifetime, good oral health habits are of utmost importance.

Did you know …?
The expression “long in the tooth” – an idiom for “old” – refers to how gums wear away in the aging process, leaving the root of the tooth exposed. The tooth root is much softer and more prone to dental decay than the enamel that covers the tooth crown. Dental disease is cumulative over a lifetime, so almost all adults ages 65 and older have had dental caries in their permanent teeth.<1

About Delta Dental
Delta Dental of California, Delta Dental of Pennsylvania, Delta Dental Insurance Company and several other companies under common management provide dental benefits to 26 million people in 15 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. All are part of the not-for-profit Delta Dental Plans Association, based in Oak Brook, Ill., the leading national network of independent dental service corporations. Collectively, they provide dental benefits programs to 59.5 million people nationwide.

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1 “Dental Caries (Tooth Decay) in Seniors (Age 65 and Over).” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/DentalCaries/DentalCariesSeniors65older. Accessed August 2012.

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