Dental XtraSM

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.

Enhanced dental benefits at no additional cost

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 enhanced 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

Diabetes

Diabetes

High blood sugar increases the risk of gum disease (gingivitis) and periodontal disease. This makes it more difficult for the individual to manage their diabetes.

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Coronary artery disease

Coronary Artery Disease (CAD)

Bacteria from periodontal disease can increase inflammation in the body. The combination of bacteria and fatty proteins in the bloodstream may result in reduced blood flow that can lead to coronary artery disease, heart attack, or stroke.

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Stroke

Stroke

Studies have shown that periodontal disease significantly increases the risk of stroke.

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Oral cancer

Oral Cancer

Treatment for oral cancer can reduce saliva, which creates a dry mouth that can lead to infection and affect speaking, chewing, and swallowing. It also increases the risk of tooth decay.

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Head and neck cancers

Head and Neck Cancers

Radiation therapy is usually part of the standard treatment for head and neck cancers and can cause dental health problems that include mouth sores, tooth decay and infections to the gums.

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Sjögren’s Syndrome

Sjögren’s Syndrome

This immune system disorder affects the glands that produce saliva and tears. The resulting dry mouth can lead to infection and affect speaking, chewing, and swallowing. It also increases the risk of tooth decay.

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Pregnancy

Pregnancy

Hormonal changes during pregnancy increase the risk of gingivitis (gum disease) or periodontitis, which causes tender, swollen, and/or bleeding gums. Untreated gingivitis or periodontitis may result in low birth weight babies.

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Take advantage of enhanced dental benefits

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 can easily self-enroll online.

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.