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How Delta Dental can help keep your employees’ kids healthy

Your employees have a lot to think about when it comes to taking care of their families’ health. Dental care sometimes slips to the bottom of the list.

But it’s important to remember that oral health is a crucial component of overall wellness. This February, observe Children’s Dental Health Month by reminding employees the importance of educating their children about oral health.

Educating families about dental care in creative ways can help give them incentive to take advantage of Delta Dental plan benefits. Use Delta Dental resources to give your employees’ children the opportunity to learn about taking care of their teeth, gums and mouth while having fun.

Kid-friendly coverage, kid-friendly benefits

Ensure your employees’ kids get the dental care they need by making sure they use these important Delta Dental benefits for dental services for kids’ strong, healthy teeth.


Sealants help protect children’s permanent teeth by covering them with a thin plastic coating. They’re an 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.

Many Delta Dental 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 offer coverage, and sealants are also a standard benefit in group Delta Dental PPO™ plans. Coverage can vary by policy.

If your plan covers sealants for your group, share  this helpful flyer to help educate employees about this simple procedure that can provide a lifetime of benefits.


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 for your group,  share a flyer about fluoride treatment to help parents understand what it is and why it matters for their kids’ dental health.


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

Most 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.

And it’s worth nothing that orthodontics aren’t just great for kids. They’re becoming increasingly popular for adults as well. Coverage is a sought-after benefit that can help you attract and retain employees.

Kid-friendly resources

Educating families about dental care in creative ways gives them incentive to take advantage of Delta Dental plan benefits. Help your employees and their kids get savvy about caring for their oral health with the following resources:

Delta Dental’s Wellness library

You can find easy-to-share articles about kids’ and teens’ dental health in Delta Dental’s online wellness library, including comprehensive guides 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? The same articlesrecipes and videos are also available in Spanish.

For more fun ideas for teaching kids about oral health, check out the kids’ wellness section of our website. You’ll find a wealth of kid-friendly resources including games, coloring pages, wallpapers, stickers, a  children’s storybook about oral health and even  a letter from the Tooth Fairy that parents can share with their kids whenever they lose a baby tooth.

Your employees’ kids can even enjoy testing their knowledge and scoring themselves on Delta Dental’s cavity risk quiz for kids and the dental quiz for kids. If there’s anything they don’t understand, they can use our easy glossary that gives kids the information and tools they need to understand oral health care.

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. This publication is available in both English and  Spanish.

Grin! for Kids has new ideas and information that your employees’ families can share as they maintain regular visits to their dentist under their plan.