Information on Cigna Dental
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5 Warning Signs Of Gum Disease:

1.   Red, tender or swollen gums
2.   Gums that bleed easily when brushing and flossing
3.   Gums that are receding from your teeth
4.   Chronic bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth
5.   Loose teeth

How to Be Proactive and Prevent Gum Disease

  • Have a daily ritual around brushing and flossing your teeth and teach your children at an early age the benefits of this daily habit.
  • Be sure to brush twice a day and remember to brush along the gum line.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque where your tooth brush cannot reach. As well as scheduling regular dental check-ups, getting your teeth professionally cleaned is certain to flag and detect any potential early signs of inflammation or gum disease.
  • Replace old toothbrushes as they can harbor bacteria and viral infections. Bacteria can thrive within the bristles so make sure to have a new brush on standby, especially after having a viral infection or even a cold.
  • Don’t forget to treat dental infections immediately.

Why Risk Periodontal Disease and its link to Heart Disease and Cancer?

There are two main stages of gum disease. The first stage is Gingivitis which presents with red, swollen or bleeding gums and is reversible with good oral hygiene. The second stage is Periodontitis. This may occur when gingivitis is left untreated.

These diseases are infections of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth. Research shows inflammation from this disease may be the link to other diseases in the body, in particular Diabetes, Heart Disease, Osteoporosis, Respiratory Disease and Cancer. Your gums are full of blood vessels and your mouth is full of bacteria. If your gums are inflamed – swollen – you’re at greater risk of bacteria entering the blood stream. Bacteria can then travel anywhere and trigger inflammation throughout the body. Thomas Boyden, Jr., MD is medical director of preventive cardiology at Spectrum Health Medical Group in Grand Rapids, MI says “Inflammation is one of the main things that cause damage to blood vessels, including those of the heart”.
Periodontal disease and tooth decay are two of the biggest threats to dental health and are mostly seen in adults.

1.   Most studies today report the positive association between periodontal disease and heart disease. They show that people with moderate or advanced gum disease are more likely to have heart disease than those with healthy gums.
2.   Other studies have indicated a connection between periodontal disease and stroke.
3.   Preventive oral care is the clue to overall health. Cigna provides preventive oral care which will highlight warning signs of other diseases especially heart disease.

How Preventive Oral Care Reduces Hospital Visits.

Preventive treatments especially for inflammation may not only help periodontal disease but may be beneficial in the management of other chronic inflammatory conditions as well. A recent three-year study by Cigna found that regular preventive visits to the dentist may lead to fewer hospital visits, benefits to general health and so lowered medical costs.

Cigna’s Commitment to Preventive Oral Care

Cigna is committed to building and maintaining a sustainable health care system. A major part of that system is dental wellness. Cigna’s dental plan philosophy emphasises the importance of preventive dentistry. They are very aware of how much preventive care contributes to overall health and wellness. It leads to a healthier and more productive workforce with improved quality of life and inevitably fewer treatment claims. Studies confirm the link between poor dental health and many other diseases including heart disease, stroke and even cancer.