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Dental Checkups Go Much Deeper than Healthy Teeth

11/22/16

  04:45:00 pm, by MedBen5   , 243 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Dental, Heart, Research

Dental Checkups Go Much Deeper than Healthy Teeth

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Is there anything a dental checkup can't do? In addition to ensuring the continued health of your teeth (and often getting a free toothbrush in the bargain), dentist visits may even help to keep your lungs clean.

HealthDay News reports that a new study suggests that regular dental cleanings could lower your risk of pneumonia by reducing levels of bacteria that cause the lung infection. The review of over 26,000 medical records found that people who never saw a dentist were 86%t more likely to get bacterial pneumonia compared to people who got dental checkups twice a year.

While "clean lungs" may sound comparatively trivial to things like healthy teeth and gums, the study does serve to show that the advantages of dental care go beyond the obvious ‒ and why dental coverage offers a value-added benefit to your group health care plan.

In addition to promoting preventive care through regular exams, MedBen Dental allows businesses to provide employees with restorative services at reasonable prices. And because frequent cleanings could actually reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, a good dental plan complements a company's wellness program.

Dental care is among the least expensive benefits that employers can offer, and one of the most popular. Whether as a stand-alone service or part of a total health benefits package, MedBen Dental offers valuable care at an affordable cost. Learn more about its advantages by contacting Vice President of Sales & Marketing Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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