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8 Ways to Celebrate National Smile Month

June 4, 2021.Individuals.#dental visit

Smiling is a natural pick-me-up. Really! When you smile, endorphins are released that boost your mood and reduce your stress. Here’s a list of tips to keep your oral health on track during National Smile Month this June. Brush up on the facts. Brushing your teeth twice a day may seem like a no-brainer, but do you know why it’s so important? Plaque can build up on your teeth throughout the day and during the night, causing damage and decay if not properly removed. Counteract this buildup with a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste as you brush in the morning and before bed. Find your favorite way to floss. Food particles can get caught between teeth and cause gum inflammation and tooth decay. Do your part to maintain a healthy smile and use dental floss or a water flosser to help keep your mouth free of plaque. Send bad breath […]

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How Mental Health Impacts Oral Health

May 3, 2021.Individuals.#canker sores

The health of your mouth and mind are more connected that you may realize. It’s possible that your mental health has even changed how you take care of your oral health during the COVID-19 pandemic. In fact, 45% of U.S. adults have said COVID-19-related worry and stress is negatively impacting their mental health.1 Practicing good daily oral health habits is always important, but your routine may require some extra attention during the COVID-19 pandemic. Take time during Mental Health Awareness Month to evaluate your current mental and oral health so you can protect your smile and well-being. Stress and Oral Health It’s natural to feel stressed, especially during a global pandemic. However, when it begins to disrupt your normal routines, pay attention. When an excess amount of the stress hormone cortisol is found in the mouth, you’re more susceptible to chronic diseases, including gum disease.2 It’s also been proven to […]

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Alcohol and Oral Health

April 5, 2021.Individuals.#alcohol awareness

When we think of the effects of alcohol on our body, we generally think of our liver. But what most don’t realize is that drinking too much alcohol can directly affect our oral health, as well. Take time during Alcohol Awareness Month in April to learn how alcohol interacts with your mouth so you can make healthy, educated choices when drinking. It could save your smile! Here are some things to keep in mind before your next happy hour: Sugar and acid content: Much like drinking soda or juice, alcohol contains sugar, which is a major risk factor in tooth decay. Alcohol is also acidic, and so are many of the fruit garnishes on cocktails. While this might seem minor, even small amounts of sugar and acid can erode tooth enamel, which makes you more susceptible to cavities and other health conditions, such as gum disease. Dehydration. Dry mouth is […]

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Understanding Your Dental Benefits

March 4, 2021.Individuals.#annual maximum

Dental benefits go hand in hand with good oral and overall health. However, 46% of adults aged 30 years or older in the United States show signs of gum disease.1 Finding the right dental plan and understanding how to get the most from your benefits can help you care for your oral health while staying true to your budget. Learn how you can take advantage of the benefits of preventive care, schedule treatments at the right time and save money. Comparing Dental Coverage Options Choosing dental coverage that’s right for you and your family starts with looking at your needs. One way to do that is to review how you used your dental coverage in previous years –– including trips to the dentist and completed procedures –– and evaluate your current health conditions. Compare the dental coverage options based on the type of services you need. There are three common […]

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How Dental Benefits Can Improve Your Company

March 1, 2021.Individuals
dental benefits

Does your company stand out to job seekers? In the competition for talent, a great benefits package can mean the difference between standing out from competitors and getting lost in the crowd. But the value of great benefits doesn’t end there: they also help keep current employees happy and healthy. Dental insurance is one area in which you can build your offerings. Learn how dental benefits can make a difference.

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