Oral health is more than just keeping your pearly whites glistening. It’s about keeping your whole body healthy.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that poor oral hygiene is related to various chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.

Not only that, but not taking care of your mouth can inhibit your ability to speak, smile and chew. Plus, Americans spend over $124 billion and lose $45 billion in productivity each year over dental related care.

All this headache, and toothache, can be avoided by taking a few actions that could help prevent cavities and tooth decay:

  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste
  • Rinse your mouth after eating
  • Regularly visit your dentist
  • Consider fluoride treatments and sealants

Always make sure to check with your dentist to find the right dental care for you.

Need help finding dental care? Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) can make that easier with over 1,000 providers across the state. Visit NebraskaBlue.com/Find-A-Doctor and search the dental network as a guest.

Learn more about BCBSNE’s new dental coverage in 2021 at NebraskaBlue.com/Dental.