The COVID-19 pandemic has likely been hard on you and your employees. But it’s also been hard on their children, particularly their teeth. In fact, dental care was children’s No. 1 unmet health care need during the pandemic, according to a study in the Journal of the American Dental Association.

Let’s meet that need! With children returning to school, now’s the perfect time to help ensure that your employees’ kids get the dental care they need.

Kid-friendly coverage

Delta Dental covers the dental services your employees’ children need for strong, healthy teeth.

Sealants

Sealants help protect children’s permanent teeth by covering them with a thin plastic coating. Sealants are a very effective way to combat tooth decay, preventing 80% of cavities for two years and continuing to protect teeth for up to four years. Sealants are most effective when applied to permanent teeth soon after they emerge.

Most of our plans cover dental sealants for children, which means your employees can often get their kids protective sealants at little or no out-of-pocket cost. All standard DeltaCare® USA plans cover sealants. Sealants are also a standard benefit in group Delta Dental PPO™ plans, although coverage for sealants can vary by policy.

If your plan covers sealants, you can use this helpful flyer to educate employees about this procedure.

Fluoride treatment

Fluoride treatment, also known as topical fluoride or fluoride varnish, is a common procedure for children to help strengthen enamel and prevent tooth decay. This service typically has an age limitation, which can vary by plan.

If your plan covers this preventive service, share this flyer about fluoride treatment to help parents understand what it is and why it matters for their kids’ dental health.

Orthodontics

The preteen and teenage years are the most popular time for orthodontic treatment, such retainers and braces.

Orthodontic coverage is available under both Delta Dental PPO and DeltaCare USA plans. In fact, our plans can help cut the cost of braces in half, which is why we were recently recognized as the best overall dental insurance for braces.

All DeltaCare USA plans cover orthodontics at set copayments with no maximums or deductibles, and you can choose to add orthodontics to any Delta Dental PPO plan.

Wellness resources you can share

Help your employees and their kids get ready for a healthy school year with these helpful resources.

Back-to-school resources

Send your employees our back-to-school resources, including articles and recipes to promote children’s dental health. Post the link on your intranet, include it in an internal newsletter or click the “Share” button at the top of the page to send it to employees by email.

Looking for a quick PDF to attach to an email or print and post in a break room? Check out our back-to-school dental tips in flyer form.

Wellness library

You can find easy-to-share articles about kids’ and teens’ dental health in Delta Dental’s online wellness library, including back-to-school tips, a guide to healthy dental habits for kids and dental health advice for teens.

You can also share healthy recipes kids will love and informative videos on topics from teething trouble through caring for teeth with braces. 

Got Spanish-speaking employees? Articles, recipes and videos are also available in Spanish.

Grin! for Kids

Grin! for Kids is a free, full-color activity book that covers a variety of dental health topics in a fun and interactive way for children in kindergarten through fifth grade. Your employees’ kids will love the games, puzzles, jokes, coloring pages and more. You or your employees can download and print the latest version and browse back issues for more games and activities. This publication is available in both English and Spanish.