Have you or a family member been diagnosed with a chronic illness? If so, you may be eligible for additional benefits. The TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) has a wellness program extending dental benefits to qualified beneficiaries with chronic conditions. Once registered, you can obtain additional dental services to treat gum (periodontal) disease at no cost to you.
“Using additional dental services to maintain healthy gums will have a positive impact on your overall well-being,” said Doug Elsesser, program analyst at TRICARE Dental Program. “There are links between certain chronic diseases and gum disease. That’s why we cover gum disease services to qualified TDP enrollees. »
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss. Tooth loss can affect the ability to chew food, which can affect a person’s nutrition and overall health.
Find out how TDP’s wellness program can help you meet your dental needs.
Q: How do I qualify for the program?
A: To receive TDP Wellness Program coverage, you must report the covered condition using the TDP’s My account tool. You can find it on the TDP website. There are a number of chronic medical conditions that qualify you for the program:
- Cerebrovascular disease (stroke)
- Coronary (heart) disease
- Oral cancer
- Organ transplant
- rheumatoid arthritis
Pregnant registrants are also automatically eligible for an additional dental cleaning.
Q: How do I enroll in the program?
A: First, go to the TDP website. Next, select the red “Log in to my account” at the top right of the page. Logging into your account requires a DS level 2 login to access your information. Don’t have a Tier 2 DS connection? Go to “Using a DS connection” to get one or upgrade the one you have. Finally, select “Manage my wellbeing”. Add your medical condition and save your updates.
Q: What other dental resources are available?
A: You may receive further advice from your dentist. TDP Contractor, United Concordia Companies, Inc. also has oral health fact sheets with preventative care tips. These sheets can be downloaded free of charge from the TDP website. They also provide information about the links between your oral health and your overall health.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for your overall health and well-being. Learn more about TDP’s wellness program and how it can help improve your dental health. For an overview of other services covered by TDP, be sure to refer to the TRICARE Dental Program Manual.
This article was published in issue 3 of the TRICARE Dental Program Health Matters Newsletter, plus other articles to help you learn more about your TDP benefits. In case you missed it, check it out.
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