Taking care of your teeth and gums is important. They help you chew and digest food. They help you speak clearly. They give your face its shape. Be sure to brush and floss twice a day. Eat healthfully. Schedule regular dental checkups. Avoid tobacco products.
Regular dental care is not only important for your teeth, but poor oral health may contribute to heart disease among other conditions.
Some health conditions may affect your oral health, such as diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and osteoporosis.
Types of Dental Professionals
There are seven types of dentists in general:
- Endodontist – provides care related to the nerve of a tooth, such as a root canal.
- General dentist – provides routine dental exams and care.
- Oral surgeon – performs surgery to treat oral diseases.
- Orthodontist – specializes in teeth and jaw alignment.
- Pediatric dentist – specializes in dental care for children.
- Periodontist – provides treatment for tissue damaged by progressive gum disease.
- Prosthodontist – repairs teeth and jaw bones as well as fit for dentures, crowns, and bridges.
Medicare Advantage members have some dental benefits. Click here to see your Evidence of Coverage for your benefits.
The United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends oral health risk assessments for children. Click here for more information.