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Have you or a family member been diagnosed with a chronic disease? If so, you may qualify for additional benefits. The TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) includes a Wellness Program that extends dental services for qualified beneficiaries with chronic conditions. After signing up, you can get additional dental services to treat gum disease (periodontitis) at no cost.

“Using additional dental services to keep your gums healthy will have a positive effect on your overall well-being,” said Doug Elsesser, program analyst at TRICARE Dental Program. “There are links between certain chronic conditions and gum disease. That is why we provide gum disease services to qualified TDP participants. ”

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

Find out how the TDP Wellness Program can help you meet your dental needs.

Q: How can I qualify for the program?
AND: To receive TDP Wellness Program coverage, you must register your covered condition through TDP My account tool. You can find it on the TDP website. There are many chronic medical conditions that qualify you for the program:

  • Cerebrovascular disease (stroke)
  • Coronary (heart) disease
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • Oral cancer
  • Organ transplant
  • Rheumatism

Pregnant women also automatically qualify for additional tooth cleaning.

Q: How can I sign up for the program?
AND: First, go to the TDP website. Then select the red “Log in to my account” in the top right corner of the page. To access your information, logging in to your account requires a DS level 2 login. You do not have a DS level 2 login? Please visit the “Using DS Login” page to obtain one or update the one you have. Finally, select “Manage my health”. Add your health condition and save your updates.

Q: What other dental resources are available?
AND: You can get additional guidance from your dentist. TDP contractor, United Concordia Companies, Inc., also has Oral Health Fact Sheets with Prophylaxis Tips. These factsheets can be downloaded for free from the TDP website. They also provide information on the links between oral health and 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 maintain dental health. For other services covered by the TDP, please see The TRICARE Dental Program Manual.

This article was published in the third issue Bulletin of the Dental Program TRICARE Health Matters, along with other articles that will help you learn more about the benefits of TDP. If you missed it, check it out.

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