This post was sponsored by the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.
Did you know that February is National Children’s Dental Health Month? Learn something new everyday, huh?!
Today I want to you guys a little bit more about TRICARE’s Dental Program, MetLife and why I am so thrilled about it! It’s such a wonderful program, especially for this mom of three small kids!
Under the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) there are benefits available to dependent children in addition to spouses active duty service members and Reservists. It covers 2 cleanings and 2 exams per year at no cost when a network dentist is seen. And it offers Orthodontic coverage for children up to 21 or 23 if the child is a full time student. We will be looking at before we know it for my kids sooner for Maddie since we recently discovered how small her mouth is and how there just is not enough room for her adult teeth to grow in properly.
Did you know that it’s pretty common for children to grind their teeth during sleep? More so than they do during the hours that they are awake. No one knows exactly why children grind their teeth but considerations include improperly aligned teeth and may need a mouth guard or splint prescribed by your dental provider. Grinding of the baby teeth rarely results in problems, thankfully since Owen does this OFTEN. However, teeth grinding can cause jaw pain, headaches, and wear on the teeth.
Specific tips to help a child stop grinding his or her teeth include:
Decrease your child’s stress, especially just before bed.
Try massage and stretching exercises to relax the muscles.
Make sure your child’s diet includes plenty of water. Dehydration may be linked to teeth grinding.
Ask your dentist to monitor your child’s teeth if he or she grinds their teeth.
No intervention is usually required with preschool-age children. However, older children may need temporary crowns or other methods, such as a night guard, to prevent the grinding.
Tooth Sealants Offer Protection for Your Children’s Teeth
A dental sealant is a plastic material that is applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth (molars) to prevent cavities.
Applying sealants does not require drilling or removing tooth structure. The process is short and easy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, most cavities in children occur in teeth that have pits and grooves. Two-thirds of those occur on the chewing surfaces.
Research shows that dental sealants help prevent cavities on teeth with pits and grooves.
It is recommended that dental sealants be placed on the permanent molar teeth of children shortly after the molars erupt. The first permanent molars erupt in children around age 6, with the second set of permanent molars appearing around age 12.
MetLife also covers sealants on permanent molars for children though the age of 18, with a 20% cost share, as well as space maintainers (fully covered for patients under the age of 19). Two topical fluoride applications are covered in a consecutive 12-month period. You get a $1,200 accidental annual maximum per enrollee and an athletic Mouth Guard (limited to one per consecutive 12-month period), with a 50% cost share.
There are FOUR super easy ways to enroll!
Online visit www.tricare.mil/bwe
Call 1-855-638-8371 CONUS, 1-855-638-8372 OCONUS, or 1-855-638-8373 TDD/TTY
Fax a completed Enrollment Authorization document (found on www.tricare.mil/tdp) to 1-855-763-1337
Mail a completed Enrollment Authorization document to MetLife TRICARE Dental Program, P.O. Box 14185 Lexington, KY 40512
Be sure to head over to MetLife’s Facebook page and check them out there as well.