GATESVILLE — Coryell County, as a member of the National Association of Counties, is drawing attention to the benefits of good dental hygiene and touting an affordable dental services program available through the organization.

County Judge John Firth distributed a news release from the national group that cites U.S. researchers linking the bacterium that causes gum disease with rheumatoid arthritis.

Scientists at the University of Louisville’s School of Dentistry in Kentucky discovered that gum disease produces a unique enzyme, which enhances collagen-induced arthritis — a type of arthritis similar to rheumatoid arthritis.

Because senior citizens are more susceptible to joint inflammation due to periodontal disease, but many do not have a dental health plan, county officials suggest using the dental program available through the association.

“The discount dental card is easy to use and will save people money,” Firth said. “Cardholders simply schedule an appointment with a participating dentist or specialist and present their card to receive a discount at the time of service. There are no forms to complete and everyone in the household is eligible to receive a discount.”

According to the news release, the card will provide significant savings on dental cleanings, X-rays, braces, dentures, crowns, root canals and more. Residents can purchase a very affordable membership for only a few dollars per month or a very inexpensive annual membership for either individuals or families.

The program is not insurance.

Call Firth’s office at 254-865-5911, ext 2221, or go to

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