More than 8 in 10 (83%) adults say oral health is important to them, although only about half of all adults recognize the important connection between oral health and overall health and wellness.2
For instance, pregnancy may make a woman more prone to periodontal (gum) disease and cavities. What's more, poor oral health during pregnancy can lead to poor health outcomes for the mother and baby.3
Regular dental visits reveal so much more than your toothpaste flavor preferences at a cleaning (mint, or bubblegum?). What your dentist sees in your mouth can actually reveal the risk, or even the presence — of other health issues, including:
People with gum disease (periodontal disease) have two to three times the risk of having a heart attack, stroke, or other serious cardiovascular event.4
If you have gum disease, your diabetes may be harder to manage. Treating gum disease may be able to help lower your blood sugar over time.5
Your mouth and teeth offer many clues to potential mental health issues. For example, if you grind your teeth at night or experience jaw pain, this could be a sign of anxiety.6
Dental benefits from Guardian are simple to understand and use — for you, and your whole family. And because your employer offers these benefits, you can save even more on the dental care you need. Designed with feedback from our own members, our dental plans focus on preventive care that’s easy to access and afford, so you can leave no stone — or tooth — unturned when it comes to your overall well-being.
Here are just a few of the features our members asked for: