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Now Playing Oral Health for Total Health

Our Oral Health for Total Health program integrates medical and dental data to improve the lives of our customers. In this new video, Dr. Bob Lewando describes how the Oral Health for Total Health program is making a meaningful difference in customers’ lives by improving the overall health and wellness of our customers, and reducing medical expenses.


Oral Health for Total Health - Program Overview

HMSA is committed to our community and the health of its members. That’s why we support a multifaceted approach to optimum oral care called Oral Health for Total health.

Oral Health and Coronary Artery Disease

Researchers have found that people with periodontal or gum disease are almost twice as likely to suffer from coronary artery disease as those without gum disease.

Oral Health and Diabetes

The relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes goes both ways.

Oral Health and Oral Cancer

Though somewhat of a silent disease, oral cancer can easily be prevented with routine dental check-ups. According to the American Dental Association, 8,000 people die of oral cancer every year (that’s about one person every hour!), with 30,000 people affected annually. And if you’re male, you’re two times more likely to be affected, with 20,000 men alone affected yearly.

Oral Health and Pregnancy

Pregnant women may develop pregnancy gingivitis with gums that are red, tender and likely to bleed. Untreated periodontal disease can assist the movement of bacteria from the mouth into the blood stream where it can increase the level of labor-inducing fluid.


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