Why do you need a dental or dental+vision plan?

The latest studies show that more than 90% of all common diseases have oral symptoms.2 In addition, eye exams can often detect serious chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol.3 Whether you need treatment or just want preventive care, we have options for you. Blue Shield’s optional dental or dental+vision plans provide coverage for dental and vision services and more at low cost.

Plan F Extra and Plan G Extra members can consider dental coverage with one of our other dental PPO plans because Plan F Extra and Plan G Extra already includes vision benefits.

Dental plan advantages
Specialty Duo dental + vision package advantages*
  • An extensive network of more than 46,000 general and specialty care dentists in California, and nearly 350,500 nationwide.4
  • Three annual teeth cleanings, plus annual X-rays and oral cancer screening covered at 100% when using network providers.5
  • No waiting period for dental checkups, cleanings, fillings, X-rays, or basic services.
  • A wide range of major restorative dental services and procedures, including crowns, endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and prosthetics at low network rates.6

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  • Includes all dental benefits of the Dental PPO 1500 Plan described in the Dental PPO highlights matrix.
  • Access to more than 7,000 ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, and retail stores in California, and over 30,000 locations nationwide4  including convenient retail and wholesale locations such as LensCrafters, Target Optical, Walmart, Sam's Club, and Costco. 
  • A $0 copayment for annual eye exam.
  • A $25 copayment for materials such as lenses and low-vision aids.
  • A $100 frame allowance every 24 months that can be used toward any pair of frames.
  • Benefit for non-prescription sunglasses for members who have had LASIK or PRK surgery.

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*Dental/Vision/Dental and Vision benefits have limited access outside of California.
With each of these plans, you can visit any dentist. However, your out-of-pocket cost will be lower if the dentist is within the network.


Become a member today!

You can sign up for a Blue Shield dental plan or Specialty Duo dental+vision package on the Medicare Supplement plan application.

Download the following for complete information about these specialty plans:

Dental/Duo brochure 

Dental PPO disclosure 

Specialty Duo Dental plan disclosure

Specialty Duo Vision plan disclosure 


Current Medicare Supplement plan members can sign up using the dental plan enrollment application:

For existing Medicare Supplement plan members who want to transfer into Plan F Extra and Plan G Extra will need to complete the full application and add Dental plan selection there.

If you have any questions, contact your Blue Shield agent. or call (877) 890-7587, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. [TTY 711], 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekdays, excluding holidays, to speak with a Blue Shield representative.

You can find a dentist online. Or for a list of providers in your area, contact Member Services at (888) 679-8928.

You can find a vision care provider online. Or for a list of providers in your area, contact Member Services at (877) 601-9083.