This post was sponsored by the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program as part of an Ambassador Program for Influence Central.
It’s Children’s Dental Health Awareness Month and it’s so easy to lose track of dental hygiene, especially when you are a military family. Deployments come around, you have your kids to take care of, chores to do, care packages to send, meetings to attend and so much more, but don’t let dental hygiene slide, especially when it’s for those little teeth.
Metlife has some great dental benefits for dependent children and spouses of active military members and reservists, if you aren’t signed up yet, I advise you to do so, Metlife was amazing for our family whilst my husband was in the military and helped us really keep on top of dental hygiene.
My son grinds his teeth a lot in his sleep, this is hard to control when you don’t have good dental coverage and schedule regular check ups. If you have a child who grinds their teeth, a dental sealant can help with protection for those little teeth.
A dental sealant protects cavities with a plastic material, it’s applied to surfaces of the molars to protect from cavities and it requires no drilling or removal of tooth structure, it’s quick and easy!
Did you know that most cavities in children occur in teeth that have pits and grooves? Two-thirds of those occur on the chewing surfaces.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Most children grind their teeth in their sleep rather than waking hours, this is when my son tends to do it. It’s not known why children grind their teeth but it may be because of improperly aligned teeth. A mouth guard or splint prescribed by your doctor could help with this.
Teeth grinding can also cause jaw problems, headaches and more, that is why it is important to decrease your child’s stress before bedtime, try out some massage and stretching exercises, make sure your child isn’t dehydrated and ask your dentist to monitor your child’s teeth if he or she grinds them regularly.
Older children may require crown or a night guard to prevent them grinding and since it doesn’t really affect baby teeth no intervention is needed.
Research has shown that sealants help protect dental cavities on teeth with pits and grooves, when my kids adult teeth come in, they only get one set, it’s so important to do everything to protect those teeth.
When my son was a baby, I never knew that it was important to have their teeth checked out, pretty much from the moment they pop up, dental care for my kids and myself has become a very important part of our lifestyle, great dental care is a must.
Did you know?
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.
Benefits of the MetLife TRICARE Dental Program
- Two cleanings and two exams per year at no cost, when a network dentist is seen
- Sealants on permanent molars for children though the age of 18, with a 20% cost share
- Orthodontic coverage for children up to the age of 21 or 23 if a full time student
- Space maintainers are fully covered for patients under the age of 19
- Two topical fluoride applications are covered in a consecutive 12-month period
- $1,200 accidental annual maximum per enrollee
- Athletic Mouth Guard limited to one per consecutive 12-month period, with a 50% cost share
- 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
For additional program information, visit www.metlife.com/tricare or call the toll-free customer service number at 1-855-638-8371