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Can Brushing Your Teeth Prevent Heart Disease?

The importance of good oral hygiene

Your mouth provides clues about your overall health. Daily brushing and flossing helps keep bacteria in your mouth under control. But poor oral hygiene can cause bacteria to increase, which may lead to gum disease. The bacteria found in gum disease can spread to your heart, which can increase your risk for heart disease and stroke. In addition, certain bacteria in your mouth can get into your lungs and may cause pneumonia or other respiratory illnesses.

How to protect yourself

Practicing good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings are important parts of your overall health. A cleaning helps remove any plaque missed during brushing. Regular cleanings also make it easier to identify more serious problems that may need to be addressed.

What is good oral hygiene?

Oral hygiene basically consists of flossing and brushing every day. It’s a simple way to improve your overall health.

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss each day.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • See your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.
  • Don’t let oral health problems linger—contact your dentist if a problem arises.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if bristles are frayed.

Your dental coverage makes a difference

Make sure your dental plan provides you with the coverage you need to stay healthy. If you’re looking for a dental plan that covers more, CarePartners of Connecticut HMO and PPO plans include built-in dental coverage*.

With CarePartners of Connecticut, you get dental coverage worth smiling about:

  • Up to $1,500 dental benefit (one of the best in Connecticut)
  • Savings on bridges, dentures, crowns, and more
  • $0 copay for preventive visits such as cleanings and X-rays on our $0 CareAdvantage Preferred (HMO) and $0 CarePartners Access (PPO) plans
  • No waiting period

See complete dental coverage details.

* The plan is administered by Dominion Dental Services, Inc., which operates under the trade name Dominion National. Benefit limits and cost shares apply. For the HMO plans, services must be performed by providers in the Dominion PPO Network. CarePartners of Connecticut PPO members may choose to receive treatment from a non-participating dentist, but may pay higher costs for services and are responsible for any cost above the Maximum Allowable Charge (MAC) charged by the non-participating dentist.