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Cool Re- freshment


On a hot day, nothing refreshes like iced tea. Even better, studies reveal tea has beneficial antioxidants, can help protect teeth by altering the mouth’s pH, and helps prevent strokes and heart attacks. While more research is needed, there are early indications tea can boost the immune system and even aid in cancer prevention. The method of


processing tea leaves determines whether it will become white, green, black, or oolong tea. Green tea


Dental Health


Dental caries (tooth decay) remains the most prevalent chronic disease in adults, even though it is largely preventable.


Adults ages


20 to 64 have an


average of 24.92


(out of 32) teeth.


92% of adults ages 20 to 64 have had tooth decay


in their permanent teeth.


8.5% of adults ages 20 to 64 have


periodontal disease.


According to the Nation- al Institutes for Health, periodontal disease simply is gum disease, which can range from gum inflammation to serious disease that re- sults in major damage to the soft tissue and bone that support the teeth.


26% of adults ages 20 to 64 have untreated decay.


3.75% of adults ages 20 to 64


have no teeth.


Current smokers are much more likely to report the condition of their mouth is poor.


is the least processed, so it tends to have the highest beneficial polyphenol content. Googling “herbal


tea for health” yields more than 1.5 million hits suggesting benefits such as preventing nausea. However, try to enjoy teas without any added sweeteners. —Marilyn Pribus


A quarter of adults ages 20


to 64 report the condition of their teeth and mouth is excellent or very good.


Source: www.nidcr.nih.gov


When seeing a network dentist, TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) enrollees are eligible for two annual exams, two cleanings (or three for Type-1 or Type-2 diabetics), and an X-ray covered at 100 percent with no out-of-pocket costs. For additional information on the TRDP, visit www.trdp.org.


12%


of


adults ages 20 to 64 have not been to the dentist within the past five years.


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