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Have you or a family member been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition? Then you may be eligible for additional benefits. The TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) has a Wellness Program that provides dental benefits to qualified beneficiaries with chronic medical conditions. After registration you can get additional dental services for the treatment of gum disease (periodontitis) free of charge.

“Using additional dental treatments to maintain healthy gums will positively impact your overall well-being,” said Doug Elsesser, program analyst with the TRICARE Dental Program. “There are links between certain chronic conditions and gum disease. That’s why we cover gum disease to qualified TDP registrants.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss. Tooth loss can affect the ability to chew food, which can affect a person’s diet and overall health.

Find out how the TDP Wellness program can help you with your dental needs.

Q: How do I qualify for the program?
A: To receive coverage from the TDP Wellness Program, you must report the condition covered using the TDPs My bill 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 disease (heart)
  • diabetes mellitus
  • Lupus
  • oral cancer
  • Organ transplant
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

Pregnant enrollees are also automatically eligible for an extra dental cleaning.

Q: How can I register for the program?
A: First, go to the TDP website. Then select the red “Log in to My Account” at the top right of the page. Logging into your account requires a Level 2 DS Logon to access your information. Don’t have a Level 2 DS login? Go to “Using a DS Login” to get one or upgrade your existing one. Finally, select ‘Manage my well-being’. Add your medical condition and save your updates.

Q: What other dental aids are available?
A: You can get additional guidance from your dentist. The TDP contractor, United Concordia Companies, Inc. also has oral health information sheets with advice on preventive care. These fact sheets can be downloaded free of charge from the TDP website. They also provide information about the links between your oral health and overall health.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is important for your overall health and well-being. Learn more about the TDP Wellness program and how it can help you with your teeth. For an overview of other TDP covered services, please refer to: TRICARE Dental Program Handbook.

This article appeared in issue 3 of the Newsletter TRICARE Dental Program Health Matters, along with other articles to help you learn more about your TDP benefits. If you missed it, check it out.

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