Delta Dental of South Dakota
720 North Euclid
Pierre, SD 57501
Delta Dental of South Dakota
Danielle Ducheneaux, Marketing Communications
Oral Health Education Needed
PIERRE, SD. (November 12, 2014) – Most Americans know there is a general connection between oral health and overall health, but many aren’t aware of specific connections. That’s one of the findings of the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey1 announced last week.
More than eight of 10 Americans (83 percent) believe there is a connection between oral health and overall health. Although studies have demonstrated that there is an association between periodontal (gum) disease and several common diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, a recent Delta Dental survey of adults found that only 55 percent believe there is an association between gum disease and heart disease, and only 44 percent believe there is a connection between gum disease and diabetes.
Delta Dental of South Dakota provides a program that addresses the connection between your oral health and overall health. The Smile Smart for Your Health Program integrates medical and dental care by customizing benefits and offering services to people with specific health conditions. This program also includes benefits to aid in the fight against oral cancer. “Habits like smoking or a poor diet, as well as your genetic makeup, can have health effects throughout your body. So it only makes sense that what is happening in the mouth may mirror what is occurring in the rest of the body,” says Dr. Bill Kohn, DDS, Delta Dental Plans Association’s vice president of dental science and policy. “As former U.S. Surgeon General C. Everett Koop used to say, ‘You can’t be healthy without good oral health.’”
Oral Health for Oral Health’s Sake
In addition to connections between oral health and overall health, having a healthy mouth is critical for daily activities such as eating, talking, kissing and singing.
Through one of the lighter topics addressed in the survey, Delta Dental found that more than half of both men and women would miss eating the most if they lacked good oral health. Talking was number two on the women’s list – and kissing was number two for men. Younger adults ages 18 to 24 also would miss kissing second-most. “Keep your oral health strong, however, and you don’t have to choose,” Kohn says.
For more information on the Smile Smart for Your Health Program please contact the Delta Dental of South Dakota Call Center at 877-841-1478. You can also view results from the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey by visiting deltadental.com.
About Delta Dental of South Dakota
Delta Dental of South Dakota is an oral health company specializing in providing dental benefits programs to nearly 1,700 employer groups throughout South Dakota. Through its supporting 501(c) (3) foundation, the Delta Dental Philanthropic Fund, the company supports a number of oral health causes as part of its not-for-profit mission to advance and promote the improvement of oral health in South Dakota. Delta Dental of South Dakota is a member of the Delta Dental Plans Association, the largest and oldest dental plan system in the country.
1Morpace, Inc. conducted the Delta Dental Oral Health and Well-Being Survey on behalf of Delta Dental with 1,003 consumers across the United States.