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Dentists can detect health problems

Posted On Wed, November 3, 2010

Dentist can do more than just clean teeth and fill cavities. Good oral care is important to overall health. A dentist can detect major health conditions and diseases.

For example, there has been a link made between diabetes and oral disease as well as gum disease and pregnant women giving birth to low-weight babies.

United Concordia Dental corporate director Jerome Blum says good oral care is necessary for the entire family.

"It's important that you and your children see a dentist regularly," says Blum. "Dentists not only take care of your teeth, they are also trained to look for signs of other issues, including bumps and sores that may be signs of a medical problem."

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says many oral health problems can be prevented. Drinking water with fluoride and using dental sealants can help prevent cavities.

Sometimes people put off going to the dentist or the doctor because of healthcare expenses. However, there are several affordable dental and health insurance plans people can chose from that will help cover costs. Searching online can help people find and compare rates.

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