TennCare dental benefits are handled by a contracted dental benefits manager. TennCare's current dental benefits manager is DentaQuest.
Do you have questions about dental benefits not answered here? Call DentaQuest (toll free) at 1-855-418-1622.
Children's Dental Services
Comprehensive dental services are available to children as medically necessary. Parents are encouraged to bring their children in to see a dentist for routine care.
Orthodontic treatment (braces) is provided to children diagnosed with a handicapping malocclusion (go to definition in the Public Necessity Rules). Even if your general dentist thinks braces would improve your child's smile, this is considered cosmetic treatment and is not paid for by TennCare.
Pregnant and Postpartum Dental Services
All pregnant individuals with TennCare Medicaid are eligible to access dental benefits during pregnancy and for a full 12 months after the pregnancy ends.
Every TennCare pregnant individual should update their TennCare Connect account to notify TennCare that they are pregnant. Enrollees can update TennCare Connect over the phone at 855-259-0701, online at tenncareconnect.tn.gov or at a local Health Department.
Dental Health Tips
Community Water Fluoridation
Teeth are made stronger and less likely to get cavities just by drinking tap water with fluoride. Fluoride is found naturally in soil, water, and food. Studies and research shows that water with the right amount of fluoride has been proven safe and effective in preventing cavities in both children and adults. To learn more, please visit: http://tn.gov/health/health-program-areas/oralhealth/professionals/oralhealth-cwf.html
Most cavities found in the teeth of children could have been prevented by using dental sealants. A dental sealant is a thin plastic coating applied to the grooves of the chewing surfaces of the back teeth to protect them from cavities. Ask your dentist about dental sealants at your next visit. Learn more at http://www.dentaquest.com/oral-health-resources/oral-health-library/pediatric-oral-health/sealants/
Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF)
Did you know there is a new, quick, and easy way to stop cavities from getting bigger without shots or drills? Silver Diamine Fluoride (SDF) is an odorless liquid applied directly to cavities with a small brush. Ask your dentist about silver diamine fluoride at your next visit. Learn more at http://centerforevidencebasedpolicy.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/SDF-Patient-Fact-Sheet-FINAL.pdf
Age 1 Dental Visit
Many parents and caretakers don’t know that cavities can start early in the mouth of a baby. A cavity can start to develop shortly after the first tooth grows in, and can spread quickly. The first dental exam is recommended when the first tooth grows in, or no later than the first birthday. Children should then go to the dentist twice a year after the first appointment.
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Call DentaQuest at 1-855-418-1622.
School-based Dental Program
Since 2001, the Tennessee Department of Health has had a grant agreement with TennCare.
This grant is for oral disease prevention services for grade school children (K-8) in public schools. Where approximately 50 percent or more of the student population participates in the school lunch program. This also includes referral of underserved children with unmet dental needs to dental providers.
For more information, please visit the Tennessee Department of Health.