April is designated as Financial Literacy month, and there is no better time to remind you that, with its emphasis on diagnostic and preventive care, the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) can help you avoid unexpected expensive dental procedures and save you money!
Annual dental exams can help detect heart disease, diabetes, pancreatic cancer and more. Although swollen gums, mouth ulcers, dry mouth and excessive gum problems can often be signs of bigger health problems, the good news is that most of these dental diseases are preventable by practicing good oral health habits and seeing the dentist regularly for basic services like exams, x-rays and cleanings.
The TRDP was created and designed to help enrollees achieve and maintain a healthy smile while saving money. When seeing a network dentist, TRDP enrollees have the peace of mind in knowing that they get two annual exams, two cleanings (or three for Type 1/Type 2 diabetics) and an x-ray covered at 100%, with no out-of-pocket costs. This savings is possible because TRDP network dentists have agreed to accept reduced fees—and they’ll never charge you more than your co-payment and deductible (if applicable). Not only do these reduced fees lower your co-payments, but they help stretch your annual maximum so you have more to apply toward additional care, too. Watch our Save Money video, then use our online Dentist Directory to find a participating network dentist near you.