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 Health 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
It won’t cost you extra to participate in Oral Health for Total Health. While these enhanced dental benefits are valued at over $1,000, they’re covered 100% with no copayment or coinsurance when you see a participating provider. They don’t apply toward your calendar year maximum and there are no waiting periods. If you’re an HMSA dental plan member and have been diagnosed with one of six medical conditions described below, find out how Oral Health for Total Health can make a difference in your health.
If you have HMSA medical and dental plans and a qualifying medical condition mentioned previously (other than pregnancy), we automatically enroll you 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 connection and reminders to use those benefits.
The sooner you take advantage of these benefits, the sooner you can improve your health. To use the enhanced dental benefits, simply make an appointment with your dentist. To find a dentist in your plan’s network, visit 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.
Are you enrolled in Oral Health for Total Health? Learn how to use your enhanced benefits.
If you have diabetes, coronary artery disease, Sjӧgren’s syndrome, a history of stroke or oral cancer, or are pregnant, improving your dental health can help you get healthier.