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Why oral health matters

Your oral health says a lot about your overall health. Protect it with the AARP® Dental Insurance Plan, administered by Delta Dental Insurance Company.

What your dentist can see

Your dentist may be the first to spot a potential problem. Research shows that many diseases have oral symptoms.¹ Some medical conditions, including heart disease, diabetes and certain types of cancers can be detected early by your dentist.

Gum health is important to heart health

Nearly 70% of Americans 65 and older have some stage of gum disease, which has been linked to heart disease.² Your dentist can help you take steps to reduce your chances of gum disease, inflammation and related illnesses.

Tooth loss: Age is not a culprit

Contrary to common belief, tooth loss is primarily the result of preventable oral disease and not due to the aging process. Gum disease is the major cause of tooth loss³, but your dentist can help you keep you teeth right where they belong.

  1. Oral health: a window to your overall health. Mayo Clinic, 2019.
  2. The Between Gum Disease and Heart Disease. Penn Medicine, 2019.
  3. Gum Disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2020.

The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. You should always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.

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