Enhanced Benefits for Improved Oral Health

by MikeMeehan 10/31/2017 1:54 PM

At Delta Dental, we emphasize the connection between your oral health and overall health. We know that maintaining your oral health will provide benefits to your entire health. And because of this connection, if you have a specific health condition, additional oral health care can be beneficial. So we, at Delta Dental, offer enhanced benefits. Our enhanced benefits program, called Healthy Smiles, Healthy Lives®, covers extra cleanings and exams for members with certain health conditions. You may be eligible to receive this extra care for little or no increase in your dental premium. And the extra care will improve not only your oral health, but your overall health. Check your current plan to confirm your eligibility or if you’d like to enroll, visit our website, or talk with your dentist. The program benefits are based on your dental plan and your medical condition. The benefits may include additional cleanings, periodontal maintenance and fluoride treatments. Here are some examples of conditions that may be eligible for the enhanced benefits program, as listed by the Delta Dental Plans Association: Cancer-related chemotherapy or radiation treatments. While under these treatments, you may have a weakened immune system and dry mouth. This can put you at increased risk for cavities and gum infection. Diabetes. If you have diabetes, you are more susceptible to periodontal disease. Extra cleanings may help improve your periodontal health. Periodontal (gum) disease. You may prevent tooth loss that can result from periodontal disease  with more frequent visits and additional dental care. Cardiovascular diseases or stroke. If you have cardiovascular disease, you share many of the risk factors with those who have gum disease.  Kidney failure or dialysis. If you have kidney disease, additional preventive care may help you decrease dental infections, which can be harmful to your kidney functions. Pregnant women. If you’re pregnant, hormonal changes can make your mouth more vulnerable to bacteria and developing gum problems. Good preventive care and extra cleanings can help avoid those issues. Suppressed immune systems. More oral exams and cleanings may help you if you have a weakened immune system, including if you have HIV or if you have received an organ transplant. These extra cleanings can help you avoid mouth infections and improve your quality of life. Again, please be sure to confirm your eligibility before treatment by contacting us directly or asking your dentist to contact us. You may have to sign up for the enhanced benefits program before receiving the extra coverage.  

Exercise: The Path to Your Fountain of Youth

by Jason 9/9/2014 8:30 AM

Have you ever heard the phrase, “You’re as young as you feel?” If you find yourself feeling your age, it might be time to get active! Starting and maintaining an active schedule can contribute to healthier bones, a healthier body and a healthier smile. Healthier Bones    Your bones are more important than you might think. Not only do they structurally support your body, but they also keep your internal organs safe and store necessary minerals, among other functions. As you age, osteoporosis becomes a greater threat than it was in your younger years. The condition causes bones to become increasingly porous, weak and brittle, which can put you at greater risk for a fracture. Luckily, exercise done properly can help rebuild bone. Healthier Body The hype is real. Exercising truly does help your body function properly. In addition to helping you feel better, regular activity can help protect you from developing diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Healthier Smile Lack of physical activity is a risk factor for obesity, a disease known to cause dental health problems. In addition, physical activity may decrease your chances of having gum disease. Follow these three tips for starting your new exercise routine:  Visit a doctor. The first step to a successful exercise routine is getting the okay from your doctor. Start slow. Find a walking buddy and do one lap around the local track. Slowly increase your distance, as your body gets stronger. And, walk on your own whenever possible during the course of your day. Find physical activities that are fun for you. Look for activities that you can enjoy – like gardening, biking, swimming or dancing – to name just a few. And, have fun exploring new activities as you incorporate exercise into your daily routine and begin reaping the healthy benefits.

Brushing Your Teeth Can Save You From a Stroke?

by Jason 10/2/2012 8:02 AM

Does having gum disease put you at greater risk for a stroke? Would averting gum disease actually reduce your chances of having a stroke?... more...

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