The Careington Dental Plan is also a great option for people who:
• Do not have any dental coverage through an employer
• Need to see a dentist immediately
• Have used up the annual limit for another dental program
• Have previous dental conditions
• Want to save up to 60% on their dental work
What Your Dental Health Could Be Telling You
Oftentimes, oral symptoms are really just a manifestation of some other, seemingly unrelated medical issue. In other words, the pain in your teeth or swelling in your gums might be due to some other - potentially very serious - health condition. It's important to understand these symptoms, what they might mean, and how to proceed in rectifying them. Here is a rundown of some common dental symptoms, and what they may be trying to tell you.
Oral infection: Like any organ or body part, your mouth is susceptible to infection. This is often due to bacteria within the mouth leading to plaque or tartar buildup, but not always. It could be gingivitis, a gum disease marked by swollen and/or inflamed gums (or even ulcers). It could also be periodontal disease, which weakens the support structures under the teeth. That said, you need to have your swollen, painful gums checked thoroughly as soon as possible for other reasons, as well. Infections such as these could be signs of HIV, Crohn's disease, herpes, or gonorrhea.
Oral pain: Obviously, pain could mean any number of things, but its cause always needs to be examined. Sure, it could be run of the mill tooth decay or a cavity, but it could be a number of other things. Oral ulcers, TMJ syndrome (a painful jaw disorder), herpes, or even oral cancer. Beyond the mouth, you could be looking at early signs of diabetes, allergies, or gastrointestinal disorders such as reflux disease.
Bad breath: Again, decay, infection, or cavities could be the culprit for persistently bad breath. But it could also be a sign of a lung abscess, diabetic complications, or gastrointestinal disorders. It could even be your body's early warning of esophageal cancer, so pay close attention.
Swelling: Swelling can certainly be due to something relatively less severe - a dental infection or abscess - but it is important to check up on this. If you notice pain and swelling (and sometimes blisters), you could be developing herpes stomatitis. There is also a chance that mumps or Sjogren's syndrome could be in play.
Bleeding: You can bleed from an injury to the mouth, such as nicked gums or tooth loss, but check up on this closely. Serious gum disease, stomatitis, and mouth ulcers could be in play. So could oral cancer, so get screened immediately if you notice bleeding. Beyond the mouth, you could be looking at stages of thrombocytopenia or trichinosis.
Redness: If you notice redness in the mouth, oral herpes or measles could be the culprit. As with all of these symptoms, however, professional attention and diagnosis is key. You want to identify these issues as soon as possible.
If any of these conditions affect you please see a dentist as soon as possible!
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Careington Dental was established in 1979 and is one of the most affordable discount dental plans available while at the same time providing individuals and families great value. With over 10 MILLION members, the Careington Dental Plan could be exactly what you’re looking for.
THIS PLAN IS NOT INSURANCE and is not intended to replace health insurance. This plan does not meet the minimum creditable coverage requirements under M.G.L. c. 111M and 956 CMR 5.00. This plan is not a Qualified Health Plan under the Affordable Care Act. This is not a Medicare prescription drug plan. The range of discounts will vary depending on the type of provider and service. The plan does not pay providers directly. Plan members must pay for all services but will receive a discount from participating providers. The list of participating providers is atwww.1dental.com/provider. A written list of participating providers is available upon request. You may cancel within the first 30 days after receipt of membership materials and receive a full refund, less a nominal processing fee (nominal fee for MD residents is $5, AR and TN residents will be refunded processing fee). Discount Medical Plan Organization and administrator: Careington International Corporation, 7400 Gaylord Parkway, Frisco, TX 75034; phone 800-441-0380.