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Don’t Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Apr 03, 2013

Today's blog post is by Felicia Papier. Felicia is Project Manager for our Marketing team and specializes in search engine marketing and optimization.  She enjoys writing as a guest blogger on Agent Straight-Talk and helping people have a terrific smile. 

Welcome to the first installment of our April series on "Saving Money On Your Dental Coverage." This month Agent Straight-Talk will give you helpful hints on finding the right plan at the right price.

We all know that you should brush twice a day and floss equally as much.  But do you really do it?  Come on, tell the tooth!!  By practicing good oral health habits and a little preventative maintenance on the chompers, you can save dough while saving your smile. 

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It’s pretty simple.  If you don’t properly care for your teeth from the time they come in, be prepared to shell out big bucks to correct what’s wrong with them in the long run. 

Now I can hear you saying, “My family has great teeth, it’s totally hereditary.  I won’t have to worry about it.”  There is some truth to that – but I am convinced it skips a generation.  My Granny is 90 and has never had a cavity or any dental work in her whole life.  My mom, however, had a full head full of metal.  And I have perfect teeth.  See how this works?  But seriously, it’s really expensive to get normal checkups at the dentist.  Imagine how much it can hurt your wallet for a more in-depth procedure, even if you have great dental insurance.  

You should schedule a visit to your dentist every 6 months for a deep tooth cleaning (prophylaxis if you’re fancy).  This is a wise preventative measure that protects your teeth and gums.  It’s a good deal too – you get a new toothbrush out of it.  Dentists will usually take x-rays once a year to make sure everything is good behind the smiles scene.  For children, this is especially important for future dental plans.  If those adult teeth are coming in crooked, you better start looking for a plan that covers orthodontia

In between dental visits, there are things that both you and your kids can do at home to make the next trip to the dentist a breeze.  Here are just a few.

1 – Simply Brush.  One of my favorite dental sayings is, “You don’t really have to brush your teeth.  Just the ones you want to keep.”  According to the Mayo Clinic, you should use fluoride toothpaste and a soft bristled toothbrush that fits comfortably in your mouth.  Finding the right brush is crucial.  If you use one whose bristles are too stiff you can tear up your gums and even rub off the enamel on your teeth.  When this occurs, it’s easier for bacteria to find its way into your gums and teeth.  For kids, they should brush for at least 2 minutes each time they are at the sink.  Have a hard time keeping them interested?  Try finding one of their favorite songs that is around 2.5 minutes and it will be a cake walk.  We are fans in our house of both Ingrid Michaelson’s You and I or They Might Be Giants’ Make A Birdhouse In Your Soul (a bit longer… but it’s good for ‘em!).

2 – Floss is not just a tool for MacGyver.  Do you make a vow each time you leave the dentist’s office that you will floss on a regular basis?  Yeah, I make that promise at least twice a year too.  Flossing is so important.  It helps keep those creepy germs away that not only cause your teeth to decay quicker but keep your breath from smelling!  Trust me, no one wants to sit through an after lunch meeting with you if you have stinky, spinach filled teeth. 

Even if you don’t keep a roll of minty wax string in your desk, you still need to floss once a day at home.  Use your thumbs and forefingers to gently pull across the tooth as well as up and down it.  This way you know you are getting all the plaque out from between the teeth and around the base by the gums.  Just make sure that you are using a new area of floss for each tooth.  You don’t want to drag plaque from one tooth to another.  There is a reason they give you 40 feet of floss in one spool!

3 – Eat, Drink and Be Healthy.  You would be amazed the effects different foods and drinks can have on your teeth.  I am sure that you have heard that coffee and many teas will stain those pearly whites and that sticky candy is terrible for tooth enamel.   But did you know that there are Tooth Super Foods? 

According to Self Magazine, there are 5 Superfoods for a Sexy Smile: Cheese, Green Tea, Mushrooms, Pistachios and Yogurt.  Now, that sounds like a pretty strange diet to just dive into so maybe you should just interject those foods into your current healthy lifestyle.  

I have also read recently that caveman style diets are good for your teeth and your overall wellness.  My co-workers are going to say I am biased because I eat Paleo… remember I told you I do have perfect teeth… coincidence?  It’s not necessarily the foods themselves that make your teeth healthier.  It’s the difference in bacteria that your mouth produces.  The more grains and sugars you consume, the grosser the bacterium becomes and it literally eats away at your teeth.  Pleasant, right?  So think about that the next time you grab that king sized Milky Way bar and chase it with a Coke.

If you do end up needing dental work after all is said and done, can help you.  We offer some really fantastic dental plans that will fit your needs.  You can compare up to 5 plans at a time, find dentists in your area and see what each plan covers.  We even have plans that don’t have waiting periods and next day activation for those dental emergencies!   (Yes, Doctor. My 5 year old brought me breakfast in bed…my Eggos were made of Legos and I chipped my front tooth.)

To sum it up, the more you take care of your teeth, the less money and time you will spend in the dentist’s chair.  We hope that you will join us for the rest of this month’s series and if you missed March’s series on senior dental care, you can check it out here!  Keep on smiling!

And remember, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” Email us with comments at

Thanks to Felicia for today's blog post. 

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