Are your dental habits holding you back from a healthier life?

X-Ray TeethMost people are aware that poor eating habits and a lack of exercise can increase the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes. What many people are not aware of is the connection between poor dental health and diabetes. There is a direct correlation between diabetics and an increased risk of periodontal disease. Alternatively, a correlation has been discovered between serious gum disease and it’s contribution to the development of diabetes.

According to Dental Plans.com, there are two dental problems that you need to be more diligent in preventing if you currently have diabetes:
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• Tooth Decay – the sugars and starches you get from food interact with naturally occurring bacteria creating plaque on your teeth, which results in erosion of tooth enamel.
• Gum Disease – When teeth aren’t cleaned properly, plaque will harden and become tartar, which builds up under the gum line. Tartar buildup can lead to gum disease and gingivitis.

For those with diabetes that are looking to further improve their oral health care, here are some more tips from Dental Plans.com:

1. Go to the dentist. Regular check-ups by a professional will help ensure that you have a beautiful smile all year round.
2. Look for the signs: If know what to look for, it will be easier to prevent further progression, saving your teeth – and your money. An important warning sign to watch out for includes red, swollen or bleeding gums.

By improving your dental health, you may also be reducing the chance that you may be diagnosed with diabetes. If you already have diabetes, improved dental care will reduce the risk of periodontal disease.

To ensure that your visits to the dentist are painless to you and your pocketbook, make sure you have a benefits plan that will offer you the coverage you need. For many small businesses, there are only three ways to pay for a health benefit plan. Make sure you are paying for the coverage you need and use. Click here to see the coverage you can have for your teeth.