Did you know that your dentist might be the first to notice a medical problem? The fact is, symptoms of more than 100 diseases can show up in the mouth.1 That’s why regular exams are such an important part of protecting your total health as well as your dental health.
If you are one of the 37.3 million Americans living with diabetes,2 it is even more important. People with diabetes are at a higher risk for gum disease and other oral problems. Research suggests that treating gum disease can help improve blood sugar control in patients living with diabetes.3 And that can help decrease the progression of the disease.
Studies also show that gum disease is linked to heart disease.4 People with gum disease are twice as likely to have a heart attack as those with healthy gums!5
The symptoms of gum disease are easy to spot:
- Red or swollen gums
- Tender or bleeding gums
- Bad breath that won’t go away
- Painful chewing
- Loose teeth
- Sensitive teeth
- Receding gums or longer-appearing teeth
Three ways to help keep your mouth – and body – healthy:
- Spot warning signs of gum trouble early
- Have teeth cleaned and checked at least twice per year
- Make sure your dentist knows if you have diabetes, heart disease or other chronic illnesses
Simply taking care of your teeth and gums can have a big impact on your quality of life – and that’s certainly something to smile about.
Did you know that most Dental Blue® plans cover preventive services at 100 percent with no deductible? It’s true! Learn more about dental benefits from Blue Cross NC at BlueCrossNC.com/DentalHealth.
1 Source: mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/adult-health/in-depth/dental/art-20047475 (Accessed November 2022)
2 Source: cdc.gov/diabetes/library/spotlights/diabetes-facts-stats.html (Accessed November 2022)
3 Source: mouthhealthy.org/all-topics-a-z/diabetes/ (Accessed November 2022)
4 Source: ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7027895/ (Accessed November 2022)
5 Source: health.harvard.edu/heart-health/gum-disease-and-heart-health-probing-the-link (Accessed November 2022)