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Help your patients with stroke, Sjogren’s syndrome, improve overall health
August 20, 2019

This article is for medical providers who care for our members with diabetes, coronary artery disease, oral cancer, pregnancy, stroke, and Sjogren’s syndrome

Our Enhanced Dental Benefits program has improved the overall health of our members with specific health conditions by providing them with additional dental benefits. The program offers eligible members additional cleanings and other dental services with no additional deductibles, coinsurance, or calendar year maximums when they are performed by a participating or preferred dental provider.

Beginning September 1, 2019 on their account renewal, members who have been diagnosed with stroke and Sjogren’s syndrome will be eligible for Enhanced Dental Benefits. Members with both conditions may benefit from additional annual cleanings and dental care.

Dr. Athena Pappas, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine

Dr. Athena Pappas, a practicing dentist who heads the Division of Oral Medicine at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has expertise in Sjogren’s syndrome, remarks, “I am happy that Dental Blue is extending their Total Health Solutions program to include Sjogren’s syndrome. Patients who have this condition have significant oral health needs, particularly the need for preventive services to help control the side effects of a dry mouth. I commend Blue Cross of Massachusetts for recognizing the importance of this condition and helping to make the dental lives of these patients better.”

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Conditions included in Enhanced Dental Benefits

As of September 1, members who have the following conditions are eligible for the program:

  • coronary artery disease (CAD)
  • diabetes
  • oral cancer
  • pregnancy
  • Sjogren’s syndrome (new as of September 1, 2019)
  • stroke (new as of September 1, 2019).

This program is designed to help your patients receive services that will maintain their health.

How does dental care improve overall health?

The connection between oral health and overall health is clear. For people with many conditions—including diabetes, heart disease, oral cancer, premature births, Sjogren’s syndrome, and stroke—dental care can improve health and well-being.

  • Clinical studies have shown an association between periodontal disease – the most common infectious disease in adults – and the control of diabetes1 and the severity of heart disease.2
  • Periodontal disease among pregnant women has been associated with an increased risk of delivering a pre-term, low birth-weight baby.3
  • Poor oral health has also been associated with the increased likelihood of certain types of stroke4, and dry mouth can be one of the principal signs of Sjogren’s syndrome 5. Members with both conditions may benefit from additional cleanings and dental care.
How are members enrolled?
Members who have Can enroll
Medical and dental coverage and a medical claim identifying them as having coronary artery disease, diabetes, oral cancer, a stroke, or Sjogren’s syndrome When we reach out to tell the member about the additional benefits available to them
  • Only dental coverage with us


  • Medical and dental coverage but no claim identifying them as having had one of the conditions above
By having their physician complete an enrollment form to certify that they have a qualifying condition


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