Everyone knows not brushing and flossing your teeth can lead to cavities, but did you know poor dental care can also lead to serious health conditions?  Katina Beard from the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center joined us on a recent episode of Community Health Matters to discuss the importance of dental health and dental care options for the uninsured and underinsured. View her segment here.

Many people view the dentist’s office as a place to visit in case of a dental emergency, but twice a year preventive care is essential to the health of your teeth and gums. And, the health of your mouth often mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. Poor oral health and periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and oral cancer.

But what can you do to improve your oral health if you don’t have dental insurance? Here in Middle Tennessee, the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center is a private, nonprofit healthcare agency that provides medical and dental services for both the insured and the uninsured. For patients without insurance, fees are determined on a sliding scale based on income.

Matthew Walker’s centers in Nashville and Clarksville offer a full range of dental care services, including dental exams and cleanings, teeth whitening, oral cancer screenings, dentures, partials, fillings, crowns, tooth extractions, root canals and implants.

Encourage your family to practice good oral hygiene by brushing after every meal, flossing daily and visiting a dentist for regular cleanings. For more information about dental health, visit CDC.gov/oralhealth. To schedule a dental appointment at the Matthew Walker Comprehensive Health Center, call 615-327-9400 or visit mwchc.org.

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Community Health Matters airs on the second Monday of each month at 9:30 a.m. Central Time, with an encore showing on the second Wednesday of the month at 1 p.m Central.