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Extra Dental Cleanings Can Help Health Conditions

January 23, 2019

Routine dental visits make a positive difference for everyone’s body and smile. But did you know people with certain health conditions benefit from extra appointments? Here are 3 diseases where additional dental care can make a difference:


Both type 1 & 2 diabetics 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. Additionally, some chemotherapy drugs increase the risk of jawbone-tissue loss. Establishing a preventive plan that includes increased dentist visits can reduce dental dangers.


Those with kidney disease and/or undergoing dialysis are prone to gum disease and tooth loss. Periodontal (gum) 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.

Many Delta Dental of New Jersey plans now offer enhanced coverage for individuals who have specific health conditions like the ones listed above. These enhancements often include additional cleanings and/or applications of topical fluoride for at-risk individuals (for example, individuals with periodontal disease, diabetes, or heart conditions).

Ask your dentist if you qualify, and be sure to check your benefits to see if you have coverage for these additional services.