Discover the connection between good oral health and better overall health.
Taking care of your oral health with regular dental visits plays a key role in your overall well-being. When you see a network dentist, your plan covers preventive dental care.
50% of U.S. adults over 30 have gum disease.¹
Take advantage of your dental plan to help keep your gums in check.
Most dental plans cover wellness benefits at 100 percent when you see a network dentist.2
Two routine checkups in a 12-month period—one every 6 months.
- Includes cleanings.
- Some plans cover more cleanings for an additional copay.
Annual oral cancer screenings for covered adults (age 18 and older).
- Light contrast screening: A test that uses light to help your dentist find health and unhealthy tissue.
- Brush biopsy: A tissue sample taken from a suspicious area.
Extra cleanings and gum treatments for expectant mothers—as recommended by your dentist.*
- Dental cleanings while you’re pregnant and 3 months following delivery.
- Deep scaling (non-surgical gum treatment).
- Gum maintenance.
Regular screenings can help reduce risk of:
Diabetics have a weakened immune system, which may make it harder to keep bacteria from causing gum disease and raising blood glucose levels.
Gum disease allows bacteria to get into your bloodstream and puts you at risk for heart attack and stroke.
Gum disease bacteria can be inhaled into your lungs, and increase your risk of pneumonia and infections.
Gum disease can increase the severity of arthritis.
Know the warning signs
Gum disease is a painless condition many people don’t realize they have until it’s already done significant damage. When your gums become infected, bacteria and toxins enter your bloodstream, which may worsen other health conditions. If you experience any of the following, see your dentist immediately.
- Red, swollen or tender gums.
- Gums that bleed when you brush.
- Bad breath.
- Loose teeth.
- Changes in how teeth fit together.
#1 chronic infectious disease to affect children is tooth decay.3
1 in 5 cases of total tooth loss are linked to diabetes.4
4x higher risk of stroke for people with severe gum disease.5
Learn more about your dental plan benefits.
* Not available in the state of Washington.
1 Eke P, Dye BA, Wei L, Thornton-Evans GO, Genco RJ. Prevalence of periodontitis in adults in the United States: 2009 and 2010. J Dent Res 2012; 91(10):
2 "Plan" may refer to insurance and/or HMO benefit plans. Policies have exclusions, limitations and terms under which the policy may be continued in force or discontinued. For costs and complete details of the coverage, please see your official dental plan documents.
3 Children’s Oral Health,” U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, http://www.cdc.gov/OralHealth/topics/child.htm, page last modified: January 7, 2011.
4 The American Dental Association. “Diabetes.”
5 Grau, Armin J. et al. “Periodontal Disease as a Risk Factor for Ischemic Stroke.” Stroke. 2004. http://stroke.ahajournals.org/content/35/2/496.full.
914-920. Published online August 30, 2012.
The information provided is for educational purposes only. If you have a UnitedHealthcare Dental plan, please refer to your certificate of coverage for a full
description of benefits.
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