Routine dental visits make a positive difference for everyone’s body and smile. But did you know people with certain health conditions benefit from regular appointments and additional cleanings? Here are 3 diseases where additional dental care can make a difference:
People with type 1 or 2 diabetes are at a higher risk of developing gum disease. And it’s a 2-way street. Gum disease can make it harder to control blood sugar levels, which can compromise overall health.
Cancer treatments—like radiation and chemotherapy—can be catalysts for oral health complications. Radiation exposure can affect salivary glands and oral tissues. Chemotherapy can have side effects in the mouth, and some chemotherapy drugs increase the risk of jawbone-tissue loss. Establishing a preventive plan that includes increased dentist visits can reduce dental dangers.
3. Kidney Disease
Those with kidney disease or who are undergoing dialysis are prone to gum disease and tooth loss. Periodontal disease typically develops prior to dialysis and becomes more severe throughout treatment. Identifying this risk, in addition to proper treatment, may help prevent the onset or reduce the severity of periodontal problems.
Be sure to visit with your dentist if you have any of these conditions. It’s important to include them in your care team for treatment plans that will keep you and your smile healthy.
Nearly all Delta Dental of South Dakota plans include Smile Smart for Your Health enhanced benefits. The additional benefits include extra cleanings for people with these 3 and other higher risk conditions. The program also includes benefits to aid in the detection of oral cancer. Your dentist can he help determine if you qualify and ensure the claim form notes the qualifying condition.
Call us at 1-877-841-1478 if you have any questions about our Smile Smart for Your Health benefits.