Your mouth and serious health conditions
A great smile. Fresh breath. Pain-free teeth and gums. All marks of good oral health. But did you know the health of your mouth is connected to overall wellness?
Recent research reveals a link between chronic oral infection and serious illnesses, including:
- Heart disease
- Premature and low-birthweight babies
- Respiratory disease
Your mouth and mind are connected
It’s not just your body at stake. Oral health conditions like birth defects, chronic pain and cold sores can damage self-esteem, interfere with social interactions, and may result in lost productivity, stress and depression.
Reducing your risk
Preventing dental problems is easy. Just remember:
- Brush twice a day
- Floss once a day
- Visit your dentist regularly and share any health issues with your dentist
The TRICARE Dental Program has you covered
The TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) offers members two routine exams and two cleanings in a consecutive 12-month period. Enrollees can get a third exam if seen by a different dentist. (This option can be used for a second opinion.) Learn about TDP benefit information here.