Healthy Teeth and Gums Are Important for a Healthy Body

Posted on Jun 10th 2019 by Florida Blue

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Did you know your mouth is full of bacteria? It’s true. No matter how well you brush, floss and rinse, more than 700 kinds of bacteria can be present. Some of the bacteria in your mouth are good. But too much of the bad bacteria can cause problems ranging from bad breath and cavities to issues in other parts of your body. 

Mouth and Body Health: A Close Connection

Keeping your mouth healthy is especially important if you have certain medical conditions. When oral bacteria gets into the bloodstream, it can make some conditions worse. The opposite can also be true: having certain conditions can make you more likely to have oral health problems.  Here are a few examples.


Don’t Skip Dental Checkups
Here’s an easy way to remember your dental checkups—make a dental appointment at the same time you’re making your annual health checkup appointment. Your dentist will tell you how often you need to come in.

Having healthy teeth and gums is an important part of your overall health. Dental coverage isn’t included in most health plans. Dental-only plans can help with the out-of-pocket costs of dental care. Some even offer extra programs for people with certain health conditions.

If you don’t know if dental benefits are included in your plan, call the number on the back of your Florida Blue member ID card to find out.

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