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3-in-a calendar year cleanings help TRDP diabetics practice good oral hygiene

With its emphasis on diagnostic and preventive care, the TRICARE Retiree Dental Program (TRDP) can help enrollees avoid the risk of gum disease and other health issues associated with diabetes. In addition to two annual exams and an x-ray, Enhanced TRDP enrollees with diagnosed type 1 or type 2 diabetes can get three annual cleanings, paid at 100% with no deductible, no applicable maximum and no out-of-pocket costs when provided by a TRDP network dentist.

The same calendar year limitation as described in our previous article applies to three cleanings for diabetic enrollees, starting with the first covered cleaning in the series. For example, if a TRDP enrollee with diabetes has his/her first covered cleaning on March 2, 2017, a second covered cleaning in July 2017 and a third covered cleaning in November 2017, the TRDP will not pay for another cleaning until January 1, 2018–or after to the day from the first paid cleaning—or after. This time limitation is designed to encourage you and your dentist maintain a regular schedule for your routine cleanings and other preventive services in addition to important oral hygiene practices such as brushing and flossing.

For more details on cleanings for diabetic TRDP enrollees, please refer to the online TRDP Benefits Booklet.

Last updated July 2017

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