Dental Insurance Enrollment Makes Sense for Military Families

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Frequent moves to new duty locations, demanding work and uncertainty surrounding deployment dates are just a few of the stresses military spouses and loved ones face. Pile that on top of day-to-day responsibilities and it’s easy to see why signing up for dental coverage is not typically at the top of military families’ to-do lists. Yet protecting yourself from the high costs of unexpected dental work and enjoying good oral health on a daily basis are extremely important and should not be overlooked.

Fortunately, there is a dental program custom-designed for military families…both in what it covers and what it costs: the TRICARE Dental Program (TDP), administered by United Concordia. A quick look at reveals that for as little as $11.10 per month for individuals, TDP provides coverage for common dental care including diagnostic exams, cleanings, oral surgery and basic restorative work like fillings — all up to an annual maximum benefit of $1,500 per enrollee.

The TDP is available to active duty family members of all branches of the military as well as National Guard & Reserve sponsors and their family members. A common mistake is to think you may already have TRICARE dental coverage as part of your TRICARE medical coverage. This is not the case. The TDP is not included with TRICARE medical coverage, but it is extremely easy to add and well worth the little time it takes to enroll. Those interested can simply visit to begin the enrollment process.

Those who enroll will find that the TDP is much more than an insurance plan. It offers enhanced benefits that are there for you in various forms whenever and —because it’s worldwide, portable coverage — wherever you need it. On the TDP website alone you can:

  • Search for a dentist (both CONUS and OCONUS)
  • Estimate savings
  • Pay bills
  • Track claims
  • Get oral health tips
  • Explore frequently asked questions
  • Register for TDP Wellness, a program that includes enhanced benefits for chronic medical conditions and special needs

United Concordia is committed to providing exceptional service. They’ve been serving the military for more than 20 years and understand the unique circumstances military families often face.

Signing up for the TDP won’t eliminate all the stress in the lives of military families, but it will provide peace of mind knowing that you’ve done your best to protect the beautiful smiles that you look forward to seeing most in life. The fact that the TDP is so affordable gives you a little something extra to smile about as well.