An official website of the United States government
Here's how you know
A .mil website belongs to an official U.S. Department of Defense organization in the United States.
A lock (lock ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .mil website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

News | Sept. 22, 2022

Q&A: How Can TRICARE Dental Program’s Wellness Program Help You

By TRICARE Communications

Have you or a family member been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition? If so, you may qualify for extra benefits. The TRICARE Dental Program (TDP) has a Wellness Program extending dental benefits for qualified beneficiaries with chronic medical conditions. When enrolled, you can get 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 wellness,” said Doug Elsesser, program analyst with the TRICARE Dental Program. “There are connections between certain chronic conditions 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 a leading cause of tooth loss. Tooth loss may affect the ability to chew food, which can affect a person’s nutrition and overall health.
 
Learn how the TDP Wellness Program may be able to help you with your dental needs.
 
Q: How do I qualify for the program?
A: To receive the TDP Wellness Program’s 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:
  • Cerebral vascular disease (stroke)
  • Coronary artery disease (heart)
  • Diabetes
  • Lupus
  • 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 “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 Logon? Visit “Using a DS Logon” to obtain one or upgrade 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 can receive additional guidance from your dentist. The TDP contractor, United Concordia Companies, Inc. also has oral health fact sheets with preventive care advice. These fact sheets are free to download on the TDP website. They also provide information about the connections between your 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 you with your dental health. For a look at other TDP covered services, be sure to refer to the TRICARE Dental Program Handbook.
 
This article was published in issue 3 of the TRICARE Dental Program Health Matters Newsletter, along with other articles to help you learn more about your TDP benefits. In case you missed it, check it out.
 
Would you like the latest TRICARE news sent to you by email? Visit the TRICARE Subscriptions page today, and create your personalized profile to get benefit updates, news, and more.
Signing divorce papers

How Divorce Impacts Your TRICARE Benefits

News
Sep. 20, 2022

The divorce process can create intense emotions. You might feel frustrated or confused during this time...
Read More
A woman standing in the street

Q&A: What You Need to Know for Federal Benefits ...

News
Sep. 12, 2022

The Federal Benefits Open Season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 12, 2022. This open season is for dental and...
Read More
Woman browses her computer while holding a cup

A Checklist to Help You Prepare for 2022 TRICARE...

News
Sep. 12, 2022

TRICARE Open Season starts in the fall. That’s the time when most families can make changes to their TRICARE...
Read More
A graphic promoting the Sept. 29 Webinar

Have TRICARE For Life Questions? Register for Se...

News
Sep. 08, 2022

Will you soon be eligible for Medicare and TRICARE coverage? If yes, be sure to join the TRICARE webinar, “How...
Read More
An adult holds a baby's hand

New Cultural Exemption Affects Midwife Services ...

News
Sep. 01, 2022

Are you living in Germany? Are you planning to have a child? If so, there are some important updates about...
Read More
A doctor looks over her laptop

Make Sure You Understand Recent TRICARE Teleheal...

News
Aug. 30, 2022

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) made several temporary updates to the...
Read More
A patient gets her blood pressure checked.

TRICARE Helps You Stay On Top of Preventive Heal...

News
Aug. 25, 2022

There are many things you can do to stay healthy. Eat nutritious foods. Move your body through exercise or...
Read More
A child hugs his father

Let’s Talk: Youth, Mental Health, and TRICARE

News
Aug. 23, 2022

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health challenges among youth are on the...
Read More

Sept. 22, 2022

Q&A: How Can TRICARE Dental Program’s Wellness Program Help You

Have you or a family member been diagnosed with a chronic medical condition? If so, you may qualify for extra benefits. The TRICARE Dental Program has a Wellness Program extending dental benefits for qualified beneficiaries with chronic medical conditions.

Sept. 20, 2022

How Divorce Impacts Your TRICARE Benefits

The divorce process can create intense emotions. You might feel frustrated or confused during this time. Thinking about your TRICARE benefits may be the last thought on your mind. However, it’s something you must consider.

Sept. 12, 2022

Q&A: What You Need to Know for Federal Benefits Open Season

The Federal Benefits Open Season starts Nov. 14 and ends Dec. 12, 2022. This open season is for dental and vision coverage through the Federal Employees Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP).

Sept. 12, 2022

A Checklist to Help You Prepare for 2022 TRICARE Open Season

TRICARE Open Season starts in the fall. That’s the time when most families can make changes to their TRICARE health care coverage for next year. Preparing for open season now can help you make the best selection for you and your family later.

Sept. 8, 2022

Have TRICARE For Life Questions? Register for September 29 Webinar

Will you soon be eligible for Medicare and TRICARE coverage? If yes, be sure to join the TRICARE webinar, “How to Get Started With Medicare and TRICARE,” on Sept. 29, from 1 to 2 p.m. ET.

Sept. 1, 2022

New Cultural Exemption Affects Midwife Services for TRICARE Families in Germany

Are you living in Germany? Are you planning to have a child? If so, there are some important updates about midwife services TRICARE covers for families in Germany.

Aug. 30, 2022

Make Sure You Understand Recent TRICARE Telehealth Policy Changes

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Defense Health Agency (DHA) made several temporary updates to the TRICARE benefit regarding telehealth. These temporary policy updates allowed you to get care safely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aug. 25, 2022

TRICARE Helps You Stay On Top of Preventive Health Care

There are many things you can do to stay healthy. Eat nutritious foods. Move your body through exercise or recreation. Stay at a healthy weight. Don’t use tobacco or drugs. Limit alcohol intake. And get plenty of sleep. But an important part of being—and staying—healthy is getting regular preventive health care checkups.

Aug. 23, 2022

Let’s Talk: Youth, Mental Health, and TRICARE

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, mental health challenges among youth are on the rise nationwide. During childhood, mental wellness is especially important because it contributes to physical health, resiliency, and social skills.

Aug. 18, 2022

Learn How TRICARE’s Extended Care Health Option Works for Families With Special Needs

Are you aware of the Extended Care Health Option (ECHO)? This TRICARE option is available for eligible active duty family members (ADFMs) with special needs.

Learn More about COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Vaccine.