Month: August 2018

Who is at risk for gum disease?

People tend to pay more attention to their teeth than their gums. But bright, sparkling teeth are not the only sign of a healthy mouth. Actually, an astounding number of people are affected by gum disease – about half of the adults in the U.S.

Gums are a barrier that helps prevent things that may consequently damage your body. Similar to skin protecting muscles, bones, and organs, gums protect teeth as well as the structures holding them in place.  Also known as periodontal disease, gum disease happens from plaque invading spaces between the gums and teeth.

Gum disease can become difficult, painful, and expensive and has also been linked to health problems like diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature births or low-birth weight babies.

But, many of the risk factors of gum disease are controllable through the right oral care habits. However, some people are more at risk for gum disease than others.

Poor Oral Care Habits

Neglecting to take care for your mouth puts you at the highest risk. Not brushing and flossing every day allows plaque to build up and become tartar. Regular cleanings by your dentist are also valuable in preventing gum disease. When you skip visits to the dentist you have a greater opportunity of building up plaque and increasing your risk of developing gum disease.

Smoking

Every type of tobacco is detrimental to your gums. Tobacco remains one of the top risk factors for gum disease, along with being one of the most preventable. Tobacco increases your risk of developing oral cancer (among other types of cancer) and reduces blood supply to the gum tissue which can mask symptoms of gum disease.

Older Adults

One of the uncontrollable risk factors for gum disease is aging because plaque has had time to build up. Daily brushing and flossing along with regular visits to your dentist can lower your risk of gum disease.

American Dental Group partners with independent, hometown dentists to help members save money on dental care.  Regular preventative care is the best chance of reducing the risk of gum disease and other oral health concerns.

Serving Colorado for over 25 years, American Dental Group takes time to know their dentists and feel confident that our members are getting treatment from the best dentists in the state.

To learn more about American Dental Group and our participating providers, call now at 1-800-633-3010.

Eye health relies on protection from UV rays

Over the years, we’ve all become well acquainted with the need to protect our skin from too much sun.  However, it’s not just our skin that needs protection and care  – our eyes can be damaged easily by UV radiation.

Too much exposure to UV light increases the risk of eye diseases, including cataract, growths on the eye, and cancer.

Growths on the eye, such as pterygium, can show up in our teens or twenties, especially for surfers, skiers, fishermen, farmers, and anyone spending long hours in the mid-day sun or the UV-intense conditions found from reflective surfaces.

Diseases like cataract and eye cancers can take many years to develop, but we are adding damage each time we’re out in the sun without protection.

The easy answer, of course, is to keep a pair of sunglasses on whenever you’re outdoors. But it’s also important to be sure your sunglasses are doing a good job, and not just looking good.

Before purchasing sunglasses, check tags, labels, or packaging to make sure the lenses provide proper UV protection. For extra assurance, look for The Skin Cancer Foundation’s Seal of Recommendation.

For proper protection, look for sunglasses offer the following:

  • The ability to absorb and block 99 to 100 percent of UVA and UVB light. Ideally, they should also guard against HEV light.
  • Sufficient size to shield the eyes, eyelids, and surrounding areas. The more skin covered, the better. Wraparound styles with a comfortable, close fit and UV-protective side shields are ideal.
  • Durability and impact resistance.
  • Polarized lenses to eliminate glare, especially when driving, but also out in the snow or on the water, where reflection greatly magnifies glare. Continuing glare can cause fatigue, headaches, and even migraines.

Members of American Dental Group receive savings of up to 40 percent on eye wear at over 10,000 providers nationwide, including major retailers. One membership card is valid for an entire household and there is no additional Enrollment Fee when you enroll at the same time as your Dental Plan.

To learn more about saving on prescription services through American Dental Group, as well as how to get reduced-fee dental care from our team of hometown, independent dentists, call now.

1-800-633-3010