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MetLife TRICARE Dental for Kids


This post was sponsored by the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.

Madison my youngest child who just turned 4 very rarely smiles. It's not as if she doesn't have a beautiful smile when she does, it's just her nature. My mom used to call her an "old soul", she was a young child in an old person's body who has seen all that life has to offer and just isn't impressed. However when she does show that rarely seen smile you can see her pearly whites which her dentist has assured me is very healthy. So far we have managed to go cavity free and it's not by trying. While we tend to eat rather healthy, by limiting our snack and sweet intake we also make sure that we pay our dentist his twice yearly visit. This month is Child Dental Health Awareness Month and MetLife would like to remind their military community about the important dental benefits available to dependent children and spouses of Active Duty service members and Reservists. As a mother of 4 children I couldn't be happier with the benefits of having the MetLife TRICARE Dental as my plan.


My son Mikael who just turned 11 as most of you know is autistic. He also has an overbite and will very soon be getting braces to correct it, as soon as all his permanent teeth are in place. Before then he not only had a problem with thumb sucking but also had a problem with grinding his teeth. On a previous dental visit he was giving a dental bill of health when we went in for our customary cleaning. One of the recommendation was applying sealants to his teeth to prevent cavities. Of course I agreed because he's one of those kids who don't alway remember to brush. The process was short and easy and I personally prefer having a sealant than having to deal with the process of drilling holes to close a cavity. It is actually recommended that dental sealants be placed on permanent molars shortly after they erupt.

Now I mentioned about him having a problem with grinding his teeth. While it was one of the most annoying habits in my opinion, he very slowly grew out of it. Do you know that it's common for children to grind their teeth more often while they're sleeping than while awake? While no-one knows why children grind their teeth, and I certainly had no idea why he grinded his, however teeth grinding can and may result with a few problems such as causing jaw pain, headaches and even wear on their teeth.

Here are a few tips to help your own little one stop grinding their teeth if you also have that problem.

1. Decrease your child's stress, especially just before bed.

2. Try massage and stretching exercises to relax the muscles.

3. Make sure your child's diet includes plenty of water.  Dehydration may be linked to teeth grinding.

4. 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.


For those who have MetLife TRICARE Dental Program there are a few benefits that you should be aware of.

1. You are entitled to 2 cleanings and 2 exams per year at no cost when you see a network dentist.

2. If your child requires sealants on their permanent molars, you can get them for your child through the age of 18 with a 20% cost share.

3. For those with older children such as myself, you have orthodontic coverage up to the age of 23 as long as your child is a full time student.

4. You are also entitled to 2 topical fluoride applications within a consecutive 12-month period.


So while Madison's smile may be rare, I I don't have to worry because I know that the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program has got me covered. If you're a member of the armed forces here are the ways you can enroll.

There are 4 easy ways to enroll!

1. Online visit www.tricare.mil/bwe
2. Call 1-855-638-8371 CONUS, 1-855-638-8372 OCONUS, or 1-855-638-8373 TDD/TTY
3. Fax a completed Enrollment Authorization document (found on www.tricare.mil/tdp) to 1-855-763-1337
4. Mail a completed Enrollment Authorization document to MetLife TRICARE Dental Program, P.O. Box 14185 Lexington, KY 40512

For additional program information, visit www.metlife.com/tricare


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Let's discuss: Have you thought about sealants for your own kids teeth? 

Annmarie John
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  1. My oldest got them, but the dentist hasn't recommended them for my little one yet. I am sure it's coming.

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    1. I'm pretty sure that they are coming. They like doing it once they've gotten most of their permanent teeth. Mikael will have all of his soon and we can't wait for the braces to go on.

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  2. They brought them up at the last cleaning. We declined them. But I know someone who did get them for their children.

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    1. It's a very painless experience and I'm glad that we took them.

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  3. Dental care is so expensive, I remember when my daughter had to have braces....or even when I had my wisdom tooth removed.

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    1. Oh yes Dental Care sure is expensive. Even with our plan we still pay a pretty penny for our premium. I wish it was cheaper.

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  4. Thank you for the tips here. We do have dental under my husband's healthcare plan at work, but will keep this plan in mind just in case.

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    1. Dental care is so very important and I'm glad to hear that you're covered.

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  5. Both of my kids had sealants, and I think they were great. I would like to do them for myself!

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    1. And I'm sure that you can. I got them myself a few years ago and think it was a good decision.

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  6. I know that sealing the kids teeth is "extra" and even though we pay a ton for it already I would totally seal the kids adult teeth. Anything we can do to protect the grown up ones is worth it in my books. Dental care is so expensive to begin with but a root canal is worse.

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    1. There's a 20% co-pay for sealants and I did the permanent ones that were already there. I'm hoping to do the others once they're in place as well. I've never had a root canal done and would prefer never to have it.

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  7. We have been lucky up to now that son has had perfect teeth. I am not looking forward to the day that changes and he needs braces or something worst.

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    1. That is great. My son Mikael is the only one who needs braces currently but I blame it on his thumb sucking that he refuses to even now give up.

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  8. Yep - My kids have had their teeth sealed every year. Neither of them have had a cavity - and they are both in their 20's. I'm 44 and have only had one.

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    1. I am all for sealants. I think it was the best thing I ever did for my kids.

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  9. I really like how you automatically get 2 cleanings and exams at no cost on this dental program. I never received sealants as a child, but I am really considering it as an adult.

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    1. I think you should get it and yes those 2 cleanings are really great.

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  10. I haven't yet but I had them as a kid! I honestly didn't know that dentists still did sealants. We thought they were helpful when we were kids.

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    1. Oh yes dentists do and you should check with your dentist to see if they offer it. I'm pretty sure they do.

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  11. My kids need sealants and the 20% cost share is a good option

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    1. Yes that 20% isn't that bad at all considering sealants are too terribly expensive compared to other procedures.

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  12. My wife has sealants on her teeth and never seems to have cavity problems. We'll probably be considering them for our kids.

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    1. And I think that you should. Prevention is the best medicine as my mom would say.

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  13. I haven't heard of it for kids but will check it out! Thank you for sharing it!

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    1. And you most definitely should. Ask your dentist the next time you pay him/her a visit.

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  14. This is a great dental program for all members of the military. While I won't be able to use this plan since it's not for civilians it's great to know that the kids are taken care of. With kids almost always having cavities, sealants are a great prevention method. I actually got my oldest sealants at his last dental visit.

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    1. Yes while this dental plan is just for those in the military, they don't just focus on the "soldier" but their entire family. And you're right sealants are a great prevention method. I'd rather have sealants than cavities any day.

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  15. Though I don't have human kids, I have friends with kids. This is something they tell me they have done for their kids with sealants. Sounds like it can really be helpful.

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    1. Yes it really can be and even as adults it can help you too.

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  16. I didn't know grinding your teeth happened more while sleeping than while awake! I know you're happy he outgrew it. I'd have been worried about his teeth for sure. That's wonderful that you have that coverage. Clean bills of dental health are always very welcome. :)

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    1. Oh yes I'm extremely happy. While he also did it during the day it was one of the most annoying habits. I'm not sure if he still does it in his sleep but at least I no longer hear him during the day.

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  17. Both of m son's have gotten the sealants. I think they are great!

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    1. I think they are too and will keep on getting them.

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  18. I move around a lot in the last 10 years, so a dentist was low on my priority list after moving. Just went for the first time in a LONG LONG time and realized how very important it is to do regular cleanings and maintenance. - Katy

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    1. There were times that I would forget that the 6 month mark has passed but it is important to keep up your dental maintenance.

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  19. My husband and I love the MetLife Tricare Dental program. We are so appreciative of it every time we go to the dentist.

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    1. You and me both Kimberly because I have no idea how I would have been able to pay for dental work without it.

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  20. I love that you can get 2 free cleanings! Dental insurance is crazy expensive. Luckily, everyone in my family is covered. We like our insurance coverage so far.

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    1. Oh tell me about it. I don't understand why something you typically use only twice a year is so expensive. Our medical is way cheaper.

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  21. So your son's overbite reminds me of Denzel Washington's and I like it. I think he's a handsome boy, but I understand how you'd want to correct it and also to keep both sets of pearly whites in good shape!

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    1. Thanks Liz, he'll be tickled pink to hear that he reminds someone of Denzel. :) Yes I want to correct it now before it gets worse. It impedes his speech a little so sooner rather than later.

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  22. I have gotten sealant for my children's teeth and have been happy with the results.

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    1. They are great for kids and even adults too.

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