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Preventive Care

The key to oral health is in the preventive care of your teeth. This includes brushing for two minutes twice a day and flossing at least once a day. On top of brushing and flossing, adults should also make a habit of seeing a dentist every six months or at least once a year.

At your dentist visit, your dentist or hygienist will likely talk to you about the importance of fluoride. Fluoride is a mineral that protects teeth by strengthening enamel. This fights acids that can cause tooth decay or cavities.

If you have questions about your dental coverage and cost, call the number on your member ID card. If you are currently uninsured, more affordable dental care may be available to you through a Federally Qualified Health Center. Patients are billed based on their situation. Visit the Health Resources & Services Administration website to learn more.

The Impact of Oral Health

Oral health is an important part of your overall health. People with poor dental hygiene are at risk for heart disease, gum disease, and oral cancers. During your regular dental checkup, your dentist will screen you for oral cancers.

Often, other conditions and disorders can have an impact on your oral health too. Eating and digestive disorders often lead to higher levels of stomach acids that can decay teeth at faster rates.

It is important to talk to your dentist about your medical history and any medications you are taking. These can affect your dental health.

Effects of Medication on Oral Health

Dry mouth is one of the most common side effects of medications, including:

  • Allergy relievers.
  • Cold and flu medicine.
  • Pain killers.

Dry mouth happens when there is not enough saliva being produced. If left untreated, a lack of saliva decays teeth at a faster rate.

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