Keeping a Healthy Smile Can Prevent Other Health Risks

Toolkit smileGood oral hygiene is important – not only for looks, but for general health as well.

Poor oral hygiene can lead to a variety of dental and medical problems, such as gum disease, infection, bone loss, heart disease, strokes, and more.  

Regular checkups and cleanings can prevent these problems as well as provide you with good oral hygiene.

The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends the following for good dental care:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste.
  • Replace your toothbrush every three to four months or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won't do a good job of cleaning your teeth.
  • Clean between teeth daily with floss. Bacteria linger between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach, which can cause tooth decay. Flossing helps remove food particles and plaque (the sticky film on teeth) from between your teeth and under the gum line.
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and routine oral exams. Remember, cleanings are 99% free if you carry PacificSource dental insurance.

How to choose a dental provider:

Use our Provider Directory to find a dental provider in your area. To narrow your search, choose "Dental Providers" in the Specialty Category drop-down menu.

If you have questions about your coverage, a claim, or any benefit or service, please log in to InTouch for Members to access information, or contact our Customer Service team:


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Last updated 9/4/2013