The Advantages of Dental Coverage

Preventive Care Saves Money and Protects Health

The Missouri Consolidated Health Care Plan (MCHCP) dental plan with Delta Dental of Missouri provides 100 percent coverage for regular preventive care. There are many good reasons for you to obtain preventive care:

Advantages of Dental

  • Regular preventive care provides for a healthy smile and prevents more serious dental and health problems.
  • Every day, researchers discover more and more links between oral health and overall health.
  • Periodontal disease is linked to complications with diabetes and premature births.
  • Children, in particular, suffer if they do not have access to regular, preventive care at an early age. Tooth disease is the number one chronic childhood illness, and if left untreated can prevent children from eating, sleeping, learning, even speaking properly, and may take a toll on a child’s self-esteem.
  • Sealants in young children reduce the incidence of cavities by 80 percent over a five-year period. Sealants in adults have a similar impact.
  • With a little guidance and help from your family dentist, many oral health problems that might afflict you or your children will be avoided. For example, baby bottle tooth decay is a serious problem that can occur in infants and is totally avoidable. Advanced cases of baby bottle tooth decay not only damage baby teeth, but permanent teeth as well.
  • For adults older than 35, over one in three suffer from some form of periodontal disease, and need regular, preventive care to prevent more serious problems from emerging. Today, gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.
  • For seniors, more and more are living longer and retaining their teeth, so the need for regular, preventive care during senior years remains.
  • More and more, scientists are discovering the important role oral health plays in overall health. More than 120 diseases, including diabetes, exhibit symptoms which can be identified during an oral examination.
  • Brush biopsy offers an early detection procedure for oral cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer. More than 36,000 people are diagnosed with oral cancer annually, and it claims more than 8,000 lives each year.