In an effort to fight gum disease, a state targeted family health insurance provider has awarded a grant to give dental care to women.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Florida will award a $100,000 grant to the Orange County Health Department to provide dental care for women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant.
Studies have found a relationship between gum disease and premature birth, low birth weight and infant mortality. This suggests women, especially those who are pregnant, should aim to have optimal dental health prior to the birth of their child.
The grant will reportedly be used to help approximately 300 African-American women find affordable dental care.
"Around 20 percent of Florida residents are uninsured," said Susan Towler, executive director of the Blue Foundation for a Healthy Florida. "That's more than 3.8 million people who may forgo important medical care if they don't have access to free and low-cost services."
Women with periodontal disease who do not get it treated may be seven times more likely to have a baby that is born too early and too small.
For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353
© 2009 Brafton Inc.
The materials and articles published on DentalPlans.com are for informational purposes only. Although DentalPlans.com strives to be accurate and complete, the information is provided without liability for errors. DentalPlans.com does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information, text graphics, links, or other items contained on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims liability for errors or omissions in these materials and DentalPlans.com makes no commitment to update the information on DentalPlans.com.
DentalPlans.com expressly disclaims all liability for the use or interpretation by others of information on DentalPlans.com. Decisions based on information contained on DentalPlans.com are the sole responsibility of the visitors, and visitors agree to hold DentalPlans.com and its Affiliates harmless against any claims for damages arising from decisions visitors make on such information.
Nothing on DentalPlans.com constitutes medical advice or other forms of advice. DentalPlans.com assumes no responsibility for material created or published by third parties linked to DentalPlans.com with or without DentalPlans.com’s knowledge.