There’s a proven relationship between gum disease and chronic health conditions. That’s why regular visits to your dentist play an important role in maintaining your overall health. If you have certain medical conditions, you may benefit from enhanced dental benefits to safeguard your overall health.
Our mouths are full of bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease. When periodontal disease occurs, gums begin to pull away from teeth, creating pockets that can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Bacteria in the bloodstream may contribute to chronic diseases such as diabetes, coronary artery disease, oral cancer and Sjӧgren’s syndrome. It can also impact those who have suffered a stroke or are pregnant.
We provide enrolled members with enhanced dental benefits that provide preventive and/or periodontal services that have shown to not only improve oral health, but also help manage certain medical conditions. The program includes outreach and education, specialized medical care programs and enhanced dental benefits valued at more than $1,000. With Oral Health for Overall Health:
By helping you achieve better overall health, these enhanced dental benefits may also lower your overall medical costs!
When you have both your health and dental through Florida Blue, you gain more than enhanced dental benefits. With a focus on your total health, we reach out proactively to welcome you to the program and educate you on the impact of dental health on your overall well-being. There are also many resources in our Dental Health Tips about the importance of good oral health.
We want to make sure you get the dental care that supports your overall health and wellness. If you have a Florida Blue health plan, you may be automatically enrolled based on medical claims that indicate you have a qualifying condition.
Enrolled members will receive a welcome letter letting them know that they have Oral Health for Overall Health benefits. To check your status, log into your Florida Blue account and click “Covered Services” in the upper menu bar. In the resulting list, the “Additional Benefits For Members With A Qualifying Medical Condition” line will indicate whether you have been enrolled.
If you are pregnant or only have dental coverage with Florida Blue (and you have a qualifying condition), you will need to self-enroll.
If you have questions about eligibility, contact Customer Service at 888-223-4892.