Keeping your mouth healthy can have a big impact on your overall or “total” health, especially if you’ve been diagnosed with certain medical conditions. Our Oral Health for Total HealthSM program integrates medical and dental care to help you and your family improve your total health.
HMSA members who are enrolled in Oral Health for Total Health receive additional dental benefits that can improve total health, enhance quality of life, and lower medical and dental care costs. In a study conducted by HMSA,* medical and dental plan members diagnosed with diabetes and coronary artery disease saved 18% and 31% respectively on medical costs when they used their dental benefits to manage their conditions compared with those who didn’t.
At our practice, we treat our patients like family. We encourage them to practice preventive measures for optimal health. Routine dental care is a part of that. Oral Health for Total Health recognizes that some people need routine dental care more frequently than others, which is a big win for our patients.
Dr. William Sicilia, HMSA participating dentist
People with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a higher risk of gum disease, dry mouth, and tooth decay (including tooth loss).
Poor oral hygiene can worsen the symptoms and underlying severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
High blood sugar can increase the risk of periodontal (gum) disease, which can further increase blood sugar.
People with end-stage renal disease are more likely to develop tooth decay, gum disease, and dry mouth.
Preventive dental care and proper oral hygiene habits can help prevent gum disease and additional complications associated with metabolic syndrome.
Treatment for oral cancer can reduce saliva, leading to dry mouth and making tooth decay more likely.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can increase your risk of oral health issues, which may result in lower birthweight babies.
This immune system disorder reduces saliva, causing dry mouth and making tooth decay more likely.
A stroke can occur when plaque breaks off from the wall of a blood vessel and travels to the brain, cutting off its blood supply.
If you have HMSA medical and dental plans and an eligible medical condition (other than pregnancy), you’re automatically enrolled in the program. If you’re pregnant or don’t have an HMSA medical plan, you can easily self-enroll online. Once enrolled, we’ll contact you and provide you with more information about the mouth-body health connection and reminders to use your extra benefits.
The sooner you take advantage of these benefits, the sooner you can improve your total health. Simply make an appointment with your dentist. You can find a dentist in your plan’s network in our provider directory.
*Hawai‘i Medical Service Association, “Dental User Medical Cost Trend Average,” 2013-2017.
Have a qualifying medical condition? Enroll to receive enhanced dental benefits that promote your overall health.