facebook tracking pixel

Healthy Aging

4 reasons to get an oral cancer screening

Protect yourself from oral cancer by getting a screening the next time you visit the dentist.

Adult dental health: Healthy aging

Did you know that gum disease – and not the aging process — is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults? Good oral health habits and a healthy lifestyle can help you keep your gums healthy and your smile bright for a lifetime.

Aging and oral health

Our oral health care needs change as we age. Learn to keep your smile healthy for a lifetime.

All about dental implants

Dental implants — artificial replacements for natural teeth/roots — are an alternative to partial and full dentures or bridges.

Baby boomers need to link oral and overall health

Boomers are especially vulnerable to developing Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Researchers believe that symptoms of these diseases can manifest themselves in the mouth - making dentists key in diagnosing these diseases.

Dental health care for Alzheimer’s patients

Proper dental care can maintain or increase an Alzheimer's patient's quality of life. Taking time to brush, floss, inspect his teeth and see his dentist on a regular basis should be top priorities.

Diabetes? Heart disease? Osteoporosis? Your dentist may know before you do

The risks of developing diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease increase with age. Since symptoms of these conditions can manifest in the mouth, dentists may be key in diagnosing the diseases.


Learn about types of dentures, how to care for them and alternatives to dentures.

Diabetes and oral health

Studies show that diabetics are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal disease. Oral infections tend to be more severe in diabetic patients than non-diabetic patients.

Diet, diabetes and tooth decay

You’re probably aware that diabetes can cause problems with your eyes, nerves, kidneys, heart and other parts of your body. What you may not know is that diabetics are more susceptible to developing oral infections and gum disease than those who do not have diabetes.

Does your dentist know what’s in your medicine cabinet?

The pills, tablets and supplements you take to get well aren’t always good news for your teeth and gums.

Got dry mouth? What you should know

Did you know that medications are the most common cause of dry mouth? Learn how to relieve the symptoms.

Oral cancer

Your dentist can perform a screening for oral cancer, which is most frequently found on the tongue, the floor of the mouth, soft palate tissues in back of the tongue, lips, and gums. Early detection and treatment is essential.

Preventing gum disease

The best way to prevent gum disease? Daily brushing and flossing, of course! Scheduling regular dental appointments, eating a healthy diet and other preventive steps can help, too.

Preventing gum disease may help avoid Alzheimer’s

The Washington Post recently published an article citing three studies that demonstrated a correlation between gum (periodontal) disease and Alzheimer's disease.

Treatments for gum disease

If you’ve been diagnosed with gum disease, you’ll need treatment beyond a regular cleaning. Learn more about both non-surgical and surgical procedures that can be used to treat gum disease.

A woman’s mouth can say a lot about osteoporosis

If you’re a woman, your dentist may be the first health professional to suspect you have osteoporosis — and refer you to a physician before the disease advances.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that causes inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70 percent of adult tooth loss.

Using herbal supplements? Why you should tell your dentist.

Always tell your dentist about any medications and supplements you are taking, even herbal supplements and alternative medicines. Everything you ingest, even vitamins, causes a certain reaction and could affect your oral health.

SmileWay Wellness Program

Watch Your Health

Dentistry Decoded: Senior Oral Health

© Delta Dental.This website is the home of Delta Dental of California; Delta Dental Insurance Company; Delta Dental of Pennsylvania; Delta Dental of New York, Inc.; Delta Dental of the District of Columbia; Delta Dental of Delaware, Inc.; Delta Dental of West Virginia, Inc. and their affiliated companies. Delta Dental of California and Affiliates is a part of Delta Dental Plans Association. Through our national network of Delta Dental companies, we offer dental coverage in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories. Pending regulatory approval, we offer vision coverage through DeltaVision in 15 states and the District of Columbia.