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A Healthy Mouth Improves Your Overall Health

Taking care of your teeth and gums is essential to your general health and well-being. Studies show that issues with dental health can cause pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, and interacting with others. 

Here are some things you can do to maintain your oral health:

  • Practice good oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily to remove dental plaque.
  • Drink fluoridated water and brush with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Visit your dentist at least once a year, even if you wear dentures.
  • Do not use tobacco products; if you do, consider quitting.
  • Limit alcohol.
  • If you have diabetes, learn how to manage it to reduce the risk of complications like gum disease, which may raise your blood sugar levels.
  • If your medication causes dry mouth, discuss alternatives with your doctor and drink plenty of water or chew sugarless gum.
  • See your doctor or dentist if you have sudden changes in taste and smell.
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This screening is part of our Elderplan Wellness Incentive program. Read more to see if you are eligible to participate!

At Elderplan, we value the health and wellness of our members. Knowing the basics about specific health conditions may help you be more aware of the risk factors to look for. As an Elderplan member, many screenings, like dental exams, may be covered at no cost to you. 

If you are an Elderplan Member and need help, contact Member Services. We can assist in scheduling your exam or recommend other care options through one of our programs.

If you are not a Member, please explore our health plan options to see if there is a plan that may suit your needs. 

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