Dental Coverage for Diabetic Adults

Dental Coverage for Diabetic Adults

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Brittany C started this petition to Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services and

Adult Virginians living with diabetes repeatedly find themselves unable to obtain essential dental care. Some, but not all, Medicaid plans in Virginia have opened basic dental cleanings for 1x a year at approximately 1-3 locations within a surrounding area. This in itself is a newer development, considering the only adults able to see a dentist previously under Virginia Medicaid plans were pregnant women. There are too many diabetics who are visiting the emergency room for dental related problems, due to not having the coverage to prevent these devastating consequences; tooth loss, severe infection, gum diseases, heart complications and worsening of sugar control are just some to be named. All diabetic adults in Virginia should be able to have access to proper dental coverage to include, but not limited to: 2x a year dental cleanings at minimum available with every single plan, gum care periodontist coverage in severe cases to prevent tooth loss or dangerous infection from spreading into the bloodstream. 

Coverage cannot stop with children and only address pregnant women. In between these categories are men and women, some dependent on insulin and others with oral medications, parents or someday parents that deserve to live a healthy life. A healthy life includes access to dental care that is imperative at maintaining a diabetic's health. No more loss of teeth, gum infections, emergency room visits. Allow all diabetic adults to receive the level of care essential for their lives. 

Please read some basic facts from the Mouth Healthy site through the American Dental Association:

*Periodontal disease (gum disease) is the most common dental disease affecting those living with diabetes, affecting nearly 22% of those diagnosed.

*As with all infections, serious gum disease may cause blood sugar to rise. This makes diabetes harder to control because you are more susceptible to infections and are less able to fight the bacteria invading the gums.

*1 in 5 total tooth loss is linked to diabetes

With these basic facts at hand, I urge you to do your own research. You may discover diabetics require precise dental care and are particularly vulnerable to teeth and especially gum problems. Although sugar control is stressed, having on going bacterial infections in the mouth will make the disease harder to manage. While we cannot all walk in one another's shoes, we must learn to have compassion in our hearts. Let's make sure our friends and neighbors keep those smiles! The world needs more smiles, not less. 

 

 

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