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Stand-Alone Dental Insurance is Best for Employees

You probably have heard about dental insurance offered through medical insurance plans. It may sound like a good option. However, a combined medical and dental plan may not provide the dental coverage employees want. Consider why stand-alone dental insurance is best for employees. Combined plans Some medical insurance plans that include dental benefits provide coverage … Read Full Article

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What You Should Know About Oral Bacteria

Most germs are harmless. They are digested along with food and killed by stomach acids, and others are eradicated by enzymes in saliva. But there also are several types of bacteria that create oral health problems because they attack tooth enamel causing decay and periodontal (gum) disease.

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Should I Go to the Dentist During COVID-19?

Have you put off going to the dentist because of the pandemic? Many people know they need to see the dentist, but they are worried about their health and safety. The American Association of Endodontists recently released results of a survey showing that during the pandemic many people have experienced changes to their daily dental … Read Full Article

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Advising Employees on How to Get Dental Insurance

When you have an oral health problem, dental insurance can help cover the cost. But not everyone has dental coverage. Many employers offer dental benefits. But not all employees have access to these plans. Here’s what employers need to know when advising employees on how to get dental insurance. Employer benefits Most employers offer dental … Read Full Article

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How to Prevent Coffee Stains on Teeth

About 64% of American adults drink a cup of coffee daily. Many people drink coffee for the caffeine jolt to get the day started or push through a mid-day slump. For others, it is a social experience with a friend or family member. Although people love their java, a common problem is that it stains … Read Full Article

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The Link Between Obesity and Dental Health

The numbers are staggering: 4 out of 10 Americans are obese. And within this group, 10% are severely obese. Scientists report that people who are obese have higher chances of developing many severe medical conditions. Some of these diseases also can put obese people at risk for developing dental problems. Here’s how to understand the … Read Full Article

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Aging and Dental Health: 4 Things to Know

As people age, they usually start noticing differences in how their body works. Suddenly, they have more muscle aches and pains. They don’t see or hear as well as they did in their younger years. And often, their oral health changes, too. Dental experts say that older adults have two times more cavities than younger … Read Full Article

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Medical Problems Can Hurt Teeth and Gum Health

Most people know that good oral health requires daily brushing and flossing, regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. What they may not know is that some medical problems can hurt their teeth and gum health. Here are six examples. Acid reflux Enamel, the protective coating on teeth, can be damaged by stomach acid or eating … Read Full Article

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Six Ways Poor Oral Health Can Affect Overall Health

Healthy teeth and gums are essential to enjoying everyday life. Taking good care of your oral health protects your smile. It also promotes better overall health. That’s because a lack of dental care can cause serious medical problems. Review six ways poor oral health can affect overall health. Heart disease and infection Bacteria in the … Read Full Article

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Is An Individual Dental Insurance Benefit Worth the Cost?

When spending money on a product or service, most people want to know that they’re getting their money’s worth. It’s especially true for health insurance. The majority of employees get employer-sponsored health coverage, including dental care. But not all workers qualify for these plans, such as part-time and contract employees and retirees. If you fit … Read Full Article