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Oral Health = Overall Health

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Did you know the mouth is the window to the body?

Recent research suggests a link between oral health and heart disease, stroke, preterm births, diabetes and respiratory disease.* In fact, a visit to the dentist could detect more than just a cavity, as often the first sign of a medical condition will appear in the mouth. This new OnQ series focuses on the importance of dental and oral care, and its impact on your overall health.

*Oral Health in America, A Report of the Surgeon General, 2000

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For Kids

Taking good care of your teeth is important to overall health. The mouth is where your body starts to break down food so that it can get the vitamins and minerals you need to grow. To help encourage good oral health, United Concordia has created the following fun pages for children of all ages:

The Animals Are Hungry
Stamp Out Cavities
Dental Health Crossword Puzzle
Dental Health Word Search

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ORAL HEALTH AND HEART DISEASE

Nearly 16 million American adults suffer from one or more types of cardiovascular disease.1
There is growing evidence that the infection associated with periodontal disease can travel throughout your body. Some studies suggest the body's response to this infection can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases such as stroke, heart attack, coronary artery disease and atherosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries).

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ORAL HEALTH AND PREGNANCY

Are you aware that your oral health can affect not only your overall health, but the health of your baby?
Recent research suggests a link between periodontal disease and low-birthweight and premature babies.1

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ORAL HEALTH AND DIABETES

If you have diabetes, you probably already realize that you are more susceptible to infection, but did you know that research suggests a link between your oral health and diabetes?1
As your body is less able to repair itself and produces reduced levels of saliva, often those with diabetes develop periodontal disease. In fact, this connection is so well established that periodontal disease has been called the "sixth complication" of diabetes.1

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ORAL HEALTH AND RESPIRATORY DISEASE

Research is increasingly demonstrating the link between oral health and overall health, but did you know that simple oral hygiene measures can decrease the risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia?
Studies show that using a chlorhexidine oral rinse can reduce the risk of ventilator-dependent patients developing ventilator-associated pneumonia by as much as 60%.1

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ORAL HEALTH AND OVERALL WELL-BEING

Oral health doesn't just concern a cavity, wisdom tooth eruption or braces. Oral health is much more than that--it also refers to the condition of your:

  • Upper and lower jaw
  • Gums and supporting tissues
  • Roof of your mouth
  • All linings of your mouth and throat
  • Tongue
  • Lips
  • Salivary glands

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