Covered Medical Conditions

The following medical conditions are included in Dental Xtra. That means that if you are an Arkansas Blue Cross dental member and have been diagnosed with one of these conditions, you can enroll in Dental Xtra to receive enhanced dental benefits that can help improve your condition. Click the condition that applies to you to learn more about its connection to your dental health.

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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