Keeping your mouth healthy has a big impact on your overall health, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. Our Dental Xtra program integrates medical and dental care to help improve your overall health.
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield members who are enrolled in Dental Xtra receive additional dental benefits that can improve overall health, enhance quality of life, and lower medical and dental care costs.
There are no additional out-of-pocket expenses to participate in Dental Xtra. These additional dental benefits are valued at over $1,000 and are covered 100% with no copayment or coinsurance when you see a participating provider. They don’t apply toward your calendar year maximum and there are no waiting periods. If you’re an Arkansas Blue Cross dental plan member and have been diagnosed with one of the qualifying medical conditions described below, find out how Dental Xtra can make a difference in your health.
Medical conditions that qualify for the program include diabetes, coronary artery disease, stroke, Sjögren’s Syndrome and oral, head and neck cancers. These conditions have proven to be closely related to a person’s dental health. Pregnancy is also included, since better dental health can help reduce the possibility of a low birth weight baby, while hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase the risk of gum disease. Learn more about how each of these are connected with dental health by clicking the button below.
I’m currently enrolled in Dental Xtra with a diagnosis of Sjögren’s syndrome. The Dental Xtra benefits provided to me have been incredibly helpful in helping me manage some of the oral side effects that occur with Sjögren’s syndrome. Specifically, dry mouth – the fluoride benefits provided through this program have helped to improve the salivary production. I appreciate having access to these fluoride benefits as my dental plan does not cover fluoride as a standard benefit. Access to meaningful condition specific benefits through this program has been great for helping me maintain my overall health. Brenda Hardage, Dental Xtra member
If you have Arkansas Blue Cross medical and dental plans and a qualifying medical condition mentioned previously (other than pregnancy), you are automatically enrolled in the program. If you’re pregnant or don’t have an Arkansas Blue Cross medical plan, you must self-enroll.
Once enrolled, you’ll receive more information, including access to a number of helpful online resources that explain the connection between oral and overall health. You’ll also receive reminders that you are enrolled in the Dental Xtra program and a list of the condition-specific benefits that are offered to you.
The sooner you take advantage of these benefits, the sooner you can improve your health. To use the enhanced dental benefits, simply make an appointment with your dentist. If you don’t have a dentist, you can easily find one in our provider directory.