Have you or a family member been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition? If so, you may qualify for additional benefits. The TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) has a Wellness Program that extends dental benefits to qualified beneficiaries with chronic medical conditions. When you enroll, you can get additional dental services to treat gum (periodontal) disease, at no cost to you.
“Using additional dental services to keep your gums healthy will have a positive impact on your overall wellness,” said Doug Elsesser, program analyst for the TRICARE Dental Program. “There are connections between certain chronic conditions and gum disease. That is why we cover gum disease services for qualified TDP members.”
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.
Learn how the TDP Wellness Program can help you with your dental needs.
Q: How do I qualify for the program?
A: To receive coverage under the TDP Wellness Program, you must report the covered condition using the TDP form. 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:
- Cerebral vascular disease (stroke)
- Coronary artery (heart) disease
- oral cancer
- organ transplant
- Rheumatoid arthritis
Pregnant enrollees are also automatically eligible for an additional dental cleaning.
Q: How can I enroll in the program?
A: First, go to the TDP website. Next, select the red “Login to my account” button at the top right of the page. Logging into your account requires a level 2 DS login to access your information. Don’t have a level 2 DS login? Visit “Using a DS login” to get one or update the one you have. Finally, select “Manage my wellness.” Add your medical condition and save your updates.
Q: What other dental resources are available?
A: You may receive additional guidance from your dentist. TDP’s contractor, United Concordia Companies, Inc. also has oral health fact sheets with preventive care tips. These fact sheets can be downloaded for free on the TDP website. They also provide information about the connections between your oral health and your overall health.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is important to your overall health and well-being. Learn more about the TDP Wellness Program and how it can help you with your dental health. To see other services covered by the TDP, be sure to check the TRICARE Dental Program Handbook.
This article was published in issue 3 of the TRICARE Dental Program Health Issues Newsletter, along with other articles to help you learn more about your TDP benefits. In case you missed it, check it out.
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