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Linking Dental Care to Overall Health

The mouth matters when it comes to your patients' health

Periodontal disease has been associated with diabetes, premature births, heart disease and stroke. Aetna is working to spread the word about this contributing risk factor in hopes of promoting healthier outcomes.

Research shows that effective disease management programs can promote healthy outcomes and reduce health care costs. However, the matters of the mouth are often overlooked when it comes to disease management. We are trying to change that. Through integrated medical and dental data, Aetna is in a unique position to help evaluate and share, with our members and their doctors, disease patterns that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. We are sending the message that regular dental care is pivotal in the management of our members’ overall health.

We value a dentist’s role in keeping patients healthy. We are working to provide dentists and their patients with tools and support to promote improved dental and systemic health because we are committed to promoting the importance of dental care and its impact on overall health. Our state-of-the-art programs will help you coordinate care with patients, their physicians and pharmacists.

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