What is gum disease?

A preventable and treatable condition that can be marked by red, swollen or bleeding gums – or may have no noticeable symptoms. Left untreated, it can lead to serious oral and overall health issues, like tooth loss or diabetes complications.4

The Benefits of Going to
for a Healthier Life


Regular visits to the dentist can do more than just keep your teeth looking good (but it can help with that, too). By getting the proper preventive dental care, you can stay ahead of issues before they become expensive and difficult to treat or avoid them all together. 

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More than “just a cleaning”

A dental exam can include:

  • Oral cancer screening
  • X-Rays
  • Review of past dental work
  • TMJ (jaw) and bite analysis
  • Gum disease evaluation
  • Treatment plan recommendations
  • Medical and dental history review
  • Check for cavities and other problems
The Oral Health Impact by the numbers
164 million      51 million >75%

work hours school hours are missed each year because of dental problems. 1

Of adults have some level of gum disease. But only 3% seek professional gum disease care. 3
1 in 5 adults have anxiety over the state of their mouth5



6 Benefits of Going to the Dentist:


Prevent Cavities – Cavity-causing plaque is removed.

Keep Teeth in Tact – Prevent, identify and treat common problems before tooth loss.

Boost Whole-Body Health – Oral health is connected to overall health; many medical concerns can be detected through the mouth. 2

Enjoy Fresher Breath – Odor-causing old food and debris is cleared away.

Reap the Cosmetic Benefits – Some stains can be polished away.

Take Full Advantage of Dental Insurance – Nearly all United Concordia Dental plans cover the full cost of preventive like routine exams and cleanings.

Dental care can make a difference

Professional dental care is necessary to diagnose, treat, and/or stop the progression of gum disease. Follow these steps to get the most from your dental visits and benefits:

  • Start at home – brush your teeth 2-3x and floss at least once daily. Drink water throughout the day and use it to rinse after eating or drinking other beverages.
  • Schedule regular dental visits – depending on your mouth’s condition, your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings and exams.
  • Talk to your dentist about whether or not you have gum disease and the recommended treatment.
  • Review your dental insurance cover – Your dentist’s recommendations may not always be covered, so it’s helpful to understand your plan.


1. Oral Health in America: A Report of the Surgeon General, National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 2012.
2. Prevent Oral Health Problems: Visit a Dentist Twice a Year; Academy of General Dentistry; January 2012.
3. Dispelling Myths About Gum Disease; American Academy of Periodontology; 2010.
4. Impact of Periodontal Therapy on General Health; American Journal of Preventive Medicine; 2014.
5. Oral Health and Well-Being in the United States; Health Policy Institute: American Dental Association;


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