Pregnancy brings about unique physiological changes in a woman’s body, some of which can adversely affect oral health. That’s why Delta Dental offers an enhanced pregnancy benefit to help protect women’s oral and overall health during this crucial time.
Why do pregnant women need additional oral health care?
During pregnancy, several conditions are more common, including:
- Gingivitis and gum disease. Changes in hormones during pregnancy can help gingivitis-causing bacteria to grow. This can mean red and bleeding gums and an increased chance of developing gum disease. It’s estimated that nearly 60 to 75% of pregnant women have gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease.
- Tooth decay and cavities. Increased acidity in the oral cavity, alteration in diet and other physiological changes brought on by pregnancy can increase the risk of tooth decay.
- Pyogenic granulomas. Also called pregnancy granulomas or “pregnancy tumors,” these small, inflamed nodes of tissue on the gumline affect the mouth of between 2 and 10% of expectant mothers.
Unfortunately, poor oral health during a pregnancy is, in turn, associated with a greater risk for poor outcomes during childbirth, including preterm birth and low birth weight. Clearly, maintaining good oral health is crucial during pregnancy.
What’s covered by Delta Dental’s enhanced pregnancy benefit?
Keeping teeth and gums clean is of utmost importance, so additional services are covered for women during pregnancy as follows:
- One additional exam AND
- One additional routine cleaning or gum care
How do members use the benefit?
Pregnant women can simply inform their dentist that they’re pregnant in order to be covered for the additional services. The dentist then submits a claim along with written confirmation of pregnancy for the additional benefits to be applied.
Which plans include the enhanced pregnancy benefit?
The enhanced pregnancy benefit is included with group Delta Dental PPO™ and Delta Dental Premier® plans and with individual Basic and Premium PPO plans. At this time, the enhanced benefit is not available to add to DeltaCare® USA plans. To confirm coverage for a client, review the contract for details.
Keeping clients safe through enhanced pregnancy benefits
Make sure your individual and group clients are aware of the importance of taking care of their oral health during pregnancy and remind them how Delta Dental’s enhanced pregnancy benefit can help protect expectant mothers.