Keeping your mouth healthy has a big impact on your overall health, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. Your dentist and dental hygienist can help you stay healthy.
If you have an eligible condition, we'll provide you with extra cleanings that can help improve your overall health. Once enrolled, all you need to do is make an appointment with a participating provider. To find a provider in your network, sign in to regence.com or the Regence app and select Find Care.
Atherosclerosis is a condition that describes the buildup of fats, cholesterol, and other substances (called plaque) in the walls of arteries. Evidence suggests that there’s a link between poor oral health and atherosclerosis.
Hypertensive Heart Disease
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is one of the most common risk factors for developing other serious health problems like heart disease or stroke. Did you know that people with severe gum disease may be twice as likely to have high blood pressure?
Did you know that people with diabetes face a higher-than-average risk of developing gum disease and tooth loss? Gum disease can also increase blood sugar levels, causing complications for people with diabetes.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy affect your body in many ways, including increasing your risk of gum disease. Gum disease-related inflammation can increase the risk of having premature, low-birth-weight babies.