The MTA Advantage is a publication of MTA Benefits, a subsidiary of the Massachusetts Teachers Association
We know that MTA members are interested in
dental health based on the number of calls we get
every day regarding dental insurance. But what
members may not be aware of is the relationship
between diabetes and oral health. More than 29
million people in the United States have diabetes.
If you’re one of them — or you know someone
who is diabetic — you’ll find the following
In managing diabetes, it is important to pay
attention to diet, physical activity, medications,
blood sugar and oral health. Poorly controlled
diabetes can lead to problems such as gum
disease, and untreated gum disease can contribute
to the progression of diabetes.
Diabetes decreases the body’s ability to fight
and resist infection. This can cause gum disease
to be more severe. If untreated, gum disease
(called gingivitis in its early stage) can progress
to a serious infection called periodontitis. As the
disease worsens, it can destroy the gum tissue
and bone that hold the teeth in place, eventually
causing tooth loss. Periodontitis may in turn
affect the body’s ability to control blood glucose
(sugar) levels, thus making diabetes more
difficult to control.
So it’s particularly important for diabetics to
include good oral care as part of their diabetes
management. People with diabetes may need
more frequent cleanings and exams.
If you have diabetes, you can prevent or
manage gum disease if you:
Keep your mouth, teeth and gums clean and
healthy; brush and floss every day and visit the
Follow your physician’s guidelines for managing
diabetes to control your blood sugar levels.
Put your dentist in touch with your physician so
they can work together to provide you with the
best overall care.
Avoid sugary snacks and beverages.
Do you have dental coverage? Does it cover what
you need covered? Is it affordable? MTA Benefits
offers a dental insurance plan through United
Diabetes and Oral Health
Concordia with annual premiums ranging from
$584 to $1,627. The plan can also cover implants.
For more information, visit the insurance section
of mtabenefits.com or call 800.382.1352 and
mention that you are an MTA member.
To learn more about the connection between oral
health and chronic medical conditions, visit United
Concordia’s Dental Health Center.
MTA members love car rental discounts. If you
want to make your vacation more affordable,
take advantage of MTAB’s discount with Hertz.
Members can get everyday savings of up to 20
percent when they book using the MTA discount
code. The MTA Hertz discount, unlike many others,
can be combined with other special offers from
Hertz, allowing you to save the most money
possible! Specials* currently running include:
An additional $25 off the base rate for a
Rent for seven days but pay for six.
A savings of $5 per day, up to $15 off
a weekend rental.
If you like these savings, you’ll love the Hertz Gold
Plus Rewards® membership! This free program lets
you earn free days more
quickly on every rental and
enjoy expedited service.
There’s no more waiting at
the counter or completing paperwork. With Hertz’s
Carfirmation™ you get up-to-the-minute mobile
alerts to let you know which car you’ll be driving
and where it's parked!
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Do you follow MTA
Benefits on social
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hundreds of discount offers and many
incredible benefit programs for our members.
There’s a lot to remember, so we’re here to
remind you about everything for which you’re
eligible. Following us on Facebook, Twitter and
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about our great discounts and learn of any
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Saving time and money is a winning
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*Taxes and fees excluded. Terms apply.