Are you Caring for your Kids’ Dental Health?

I participated in an Ambassador program on behalf of Influence Central for the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Since February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, it’s a good time to think about how well you are caring for your children’s dental health.

Brushing and flossing your children’s teeth twice a day (and teaching them how to do it for themselves when they get older) is just as important to your kids’ health as feeding them nutritious food and making sure they get enough sleep.

But brushing and flossing is only one part of making sure your kids’ teeth stay healthy; it’s also important that they visit the dentist twice a year as well.

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Unfortunately, health care costs can really strain a family’s budget unless they have quality dental insurance, such as the TRICARE Dental Program for military families, offered through MetLife.

When my husband was in the Marine Corps, we were lucky enough to have access to very good dentists through the TRICARE Dental Program. Having to move around every couple of years was difficult, but knowing that we never had to worry about which dentists we could see for issues with our teeth was so incredibly helpful.

When we started planning to begin our family, it was important that I have a complete dental check-up, including x-rays, to make sure I didn’t need any extensive dental work while pregnant, so that I could avoid any potentially harmful radiation to our unborn baby.

Working through TRICARE Dental Program, I was able to find a wonderful dentist in town that did all my x-rays and cleaning without any out-of-pocket costs. I continued to see him throughout my pregnancy and afterwards for regular cleanings.

Now that our kids are older and have all their teeth, we work with them daily to train them to brush and floss their teeth properly, and take them to a pediatric dentist every 6 months to ensure that their teeth are healthy.

In the next 2 weeks, we are visiting an orthodontist for a consultation on braces for our daughter, and I’m SO glad that we have dental coverage that will pay for part of the treatment, saving us a great deal of money.  With TRICARE Dental Program, kids are covered for braces up to age 21 or 23, if a full-time student.

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Being able to see these adorable little smiles…healthy and cavity-free…makes me one happy mommy!

Head over to the web site for more information on the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program, only for spouses and children of Active Duty personnel, National Guard and Reserve members and their families.

4 thoughts on “Are you Caring for your Kids’ Dental Health?”

  1. Dental care is so important. When I was working as a dental hygienist we had all of our dental treatment at the office I worked for done for free. But after I quit working, we had no insurance so we budgeted every month to be sure we could cover it. Now with the healthcare law changes at least the kids have coverage but we still budget for my husband and myself. It’s nice that there is an option for active service members to get dental care coverage they need.

    1. How nice that you were able to get all of your dental work for free!

      I feel safer having a dental policy because my husband has had some dental issues over the years, and having a policy is cheaper for us. Plus with two kids having to get braces, we will definitely get our money’s worth ๐Ÿ™‚

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