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Dental Benefits: Use it or Lose it

Dental Benefits: Use it or Lose it

How are we already entering the last three months of the year? Due to the excitement and celebration surrounding the holidays, our oral health is often one of the last things we think about during this time. Going to the dentist may not be on your current to-do list, but you only have a few months left to use your dental benefits before they expire!

How To Use Your Dental Benefits

It is important to use them up while you can, since many plans do not let you roll your benefits over into the following calendar year. To help you out, we have decided to share three ways to use your leftover benefits! Use it or lose it season has arrived!

  1. Unscheduled treatment. Do you have any treatment you have been procrastinating? We understand that treatment can be nerve-wracking, especially if you have never had serious dental work done before. We promise you will be thankful for it! Whether you need to get crowns, have a tooth extracted, or fix a cavity, we promise that getting it on your calendar before the end of 2021 will take some stress off your plate. You will be rid of any discomfort you have been having, and you will save money in the long run. If you continue to put off necessary treatment, you may have to get more in the coming months. Make sure to schedule your treatment so you can use your benefits before you lose them!
  2. Hygiene. When was your last hygiene appointment? If it’s been since the spring of 2021 or before, you need to schedule a cleaning as soon as you can. Seeing your hygienist twice per year is one of the most integral ways to keep your teeth in good shape. Your hygienist will remove any plaque or tartar buildup that can cause more severe health problems in the future if not addressed early on. Your smile will feel clean and bright after a hygiene appointment, which is always enjoyable. If you have remaining dental benefits and haven’t been in for a cleaning recently, schedule with us and use your benefits before you lose them!
  3. Big procedures. Have you always wanted a smile upgrade but not known where to start? Now is a perfect time! Give yourself a full smile restoration with dental implants or schedule an Invisalign consultation before the year comes to a close! The best part is that you will be able to use any leftover dental benefits to cover the costs. It’s time to take the leap you’ve always wanted to and get your smile upgrade scheduled. It’s never too late to feel proud of your smile. This is a great way to use your benefits before you lose them!

Whether you have pending treatment, need to come in for a hygiene appointment, or want to treat yourself to a smile makeover, now is the best time to do it! Plus, we would love for you to visit us at Wesley Dental before the year comes to a close. Give us a call at (903) 455-2942 to be put on our schedule! The clock is ticking, which means it’s time to use it or lose it! Here are some tips and tricks for a pain-free wisdom teeth recovery.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment

Are you thinking about whether you want to sign up for dental insurance through an employer or switch from your current plan? Open enrollment season is officially here, and we want to help you find the right dental benefits plan for you and your family. We offer a Membership Plan that is simple and comprehensive. It is subscription-based and covers all your preventative care while giving you discounts on other procedures. Unlike dental insurance, there are no waiting periods, approval processes, deductibles, annual maximums, or other insurance hassles. Best of all, you can sign up in as little as 5 minutes, and your benefits start immediately!

 

At Wesley Dental, your oral health is our top priority. We understand that dental work can be expensive and insurance companies are frustrating to deal with. That is why we offer our Membership Plan! Our plan is straightforward, affordable, and offered directly through our office. 

 

We offer three different plans: Child Complete, Adult Complete, and Perio. By signing up for one of these plans, you will be able to save up to $280 per year on dental work! Our plans include:

 

Child Complete ($15/mo. or $180/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 1 fluoride treatment

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

Adult Complete ($19/mo. or $228/yr.):

– 2 professional cleanings

– 2 regular exams

– 2 oral screenings

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

Perio ($32/mo. or $384/yr.):

– 3 perio maintenance procedures & checkups

– 2 regular exams

– 2 oral screenings

– Routine x-rays

– 1 emergency exam

 

In addition to this, all three of our plans include up to 20% off all other procedures completed at our practice and a 5% subscription discount for additional family members.

 

Now is the perfect time to sign up. If you are interested or would like to receive more information, you can visit this link or call us at (903) 455-2942.

 

Not only do we offer a Membership Plan to our individual patients, but we also offer a plan for local businesses! If you are a business owner or an employee of a business looking to offer dental insurance benefits to your employees, our Employer Plan is a great option! 

 

We are a local business and care deeply about other local businesses. We want can help to ensure your business attracts and retains the employees that will make it even more successful than it already is. Surveys of US workers report that 88% of job seekers indicate that dental benefits are a key factor in their job choice. Furthermore, 2 out of 3 employees consider dental benefits to be a very or extremely important part of their compensation package. It is safe to say that the better benefits your company offers, the better employees it will attract.

 

We are excited to tell you about our Employer Membership Plan, a dental benefits package revolutionizing what it means to offer dental benefits. Our Employer Plan is unique because:

 

  1. It is affordable
  2. No deductibles
  3. No waiting periods
  4. No annual maximums
  5. No pre-approvals
  6.  No paperwork
  7. Simple online sign-up and management

 

This may sound too good to be true, but we promise it’s not. Our Employer Plan is a much better option than traditional insurance because it is provided directly to your company, eliminating the unnecessary costs, hassles, and limitations of 3rd party insurance. As an employer, you can contribute whatever you would like, from $0 to the full subscription price per employee. Company enrollment is fast and simple and plan management is easily accessible through the employer portal. If you’re looking to adopt a straightforward dental coverage plan for your company, look no further. Our Employer Plan is the one for you. If you are interested or would like to learn more, you can reach us at (903) 455-2942.

 

Now is the perfect time of year to sign up for new dental benefits or start a new plan for your company. We promise our plans won’t disappoint and want to do everything we can to provide you with the best, most affordable dental care on the market. Visit this blog to read about wisdom teeth recovery.

September is Teeth-safe Food Month

September is Teeth-safe Food Month

September is Teeth-safe Food Month! Food plays a vital part in our lives and is linked to our health in countless ways. Oral health is no exception! Gathering knowledge on which foods are helpful and which are harmful to your teeth is extremely important when it comes to keeping your smile shining and healthy. 

 

Cavities are one of the most common dental issues. They are usually directly linked to the food we eat. One of the most common causes of cavities is the consumption of refined sugar. When food containing refined sugar is eaten, it is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which in turn dissolves the tooth enamel. Because of this, the frequency of sugar consumption is actually more detrimental to your oral health than the amount of sugar you consume in one sitting. So what are some of the safest ways to still enjoy your favorite sugary treats while keeping your teeth safe?

 

  • Avoid having sugar in your mouth for an extended time. Some examples of this are soda and candies you suck on, such as lollipops. If you want to enjoy a sugary snack, a quick dessert like a piece of cake or pie is much better. When you are eating something quickly, the saliva in your mouth will be hard at work washing the debris away. 
  • If you want to snack, find substitutes! Many delicious snacks are much better for your teeth than candy and sweets but can still satisfy your cravings for something tasty! Try snacking on berries or yogurt – they are both sweet and good for your teeth!
  • Eat sweets at a time you know you will brush soon afterward. Most people will brush their teeth pretty soon after eating a meal. Therefore, this is one of the best times to consume a sweet treat. If you’re snacking on sweets at a random time during the day, you are less likely to brush until later, and the sugar will have more time to sit on your teeth and will be more likely to damage them.

 

Having a healthy diet will positively affect your oral health. Certain foods will keep your teeth safe and your gums and bones strong. Finding foods you enjoy that are also rich in vitamins is beneficial and not difficult to do! Foods containing folic acid, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin C are some of the best options for strong teeth and healthy gums. Here are some of our favorite picks…

 

  • Beans, seeds, and nuts. These three foods have endless uses and can enhance many meals. They also contain folic acid, which will strengthen the supporting soft tissue in your mouth.
  • Dairy. Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt will kill two birds with one stone. They contain both calcium and vitamin B12, which are beneficial to the health of your gums and teeth!
  • Citrus. Whether you prefer fresh-squeezed orange juice or peeling and eating a clementine, citrus is delicious, rich in vitamin C, and perfect for keeping your soft mouth tissue healthy.
  • Dark green leafy vegetables. When people think of calcium, they usually think of milk. However, certain leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens are chock full of calcium and will keep your teeth strong. 
  • Meat. Meats such as chicken and fish are versatile and delicious. You can’t go wrong with either because there are so many ways to cook and season them! In addition to this, they contain vitamin B12, which is great for keeping your gums healthy.

 

Food allergies are quite common, especially when it comes to nuts and dairy. The foods listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food that is beneficial for your teeth. You have so many choices and will never be bored! Making sure you eat a wide range of foods with the above vitamins and minerals will strengthen both your oral health as well as your overall well-being. We can give you plenty of tips on our blog, but it’s always better to come to see us in person! Give us a call today at (903) 455-2942 to schedule an appointment! Learn about wisdom teeth recovery.

How To Help Kids Get Excited About Brushing Their Teeth

How To Help Kids Get Excited About Brushing Their Teeth

It is very common for young children to not want to brush their teeth, and you’re not alone if you struggle with this as a parent. The good thing is there are effective ways to make your children not only brush their teeth, but enjoy it too.

How To Help Kids Get Excited About Brushing Their Teeth

Below are our three favorite ways to get your children to love brushing their teeth!

Make it fun when they’re brushing their teeth

There are many fun brushing ideas you can try! Make a brushing playlist of songs your children love, or even find a couple of dental-themed songs. Whenever it is time for oral hygiene, put this playlist on and brush your teeth with your children. You can also try taking your children shopping for a fun new toothbrush. Most stores carry toothbrushes in vibrant colors and with beloved cartoon characters on them. Kids also tend to enjoy the excitement of using electric toothbrushes. There are so many creative ways to get your children to view oral care to be just as fun as it is necessary. Soon your kids will be asking when it is time to brush their teeth!

Reward good brushing behavior to reinforce it for your children

Children are driven by rewards just as much as they are driven by fun. Rewards don’t have to be expensive or complicated. They can be as simple as adding stickers to a chart every time your children brush their teeth without throwing a tantrum. You can even let your children choose dinner one night of the week if they have been good about oral hygiene in recent days. Rewards, no matter how small, will reinforce good oral hygiene behavior in your children.

Teach your children the importance of oral health early and model good oral hygiene yourself

Even though they may not understand why certain behaviors are important, toddlers and younger children tend to internalize the values parents instill in them. Oral hygiene is no exception. If children see their parents consistently brushing and flossing, they will recognize that this should be part of their routine. You could even try creating a specific brushing and flossing time with your children. That way, when they become old enough to take care of their own brushing, a particular time will already be familiar with them. It is essential to explain to children the benefits of certain behaviors. Tell them how and why a healthy smile will lead to a healthy life. You can even throw something in about making the Tooth Fairy happy if you want!

Every child should learn why keeping up with their oral hygiene is important. Making oral care fun, rewarding your children when they are doing well, educating them about why brushing is essential, and modeling good behavior are all ways to increase good brushing behavior and overall oral health. Let’s get those kids brushing! Best practices for wisdom teeth recovery.

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Keeping up with your oral health is extremely important, especially a 6-month checkup. We are here to share a few of the reasons why with you!

4 Reasons to Schedule Your 6-Month Checkup

Why do we need to go to the dentist every six months? There are far more perks of keeping up with your oral health routine than you may know, and we are excited to share some of them with you. Trust us, after reading this, you will want to make sure you have your next appointment on the calendar!

  1. Keeping bacteria at bay

    How is avoiding the removal of plaque detrimental to your oral health? Plaque is a layer of bacteria on your teeth that is clear and sticky. It is difficult to completely get rid of it during your daily brushing, hence why your routine cleanings are so important. If plaque stays on your teeth for too long, it will harden and become tartar. Tartar is impossible to remove with your at-home brushing and flossing routine. If you let it build up for an extended period of time, it can result in various oral infections. Without routine dental cleanings, plaque and tartar buildup would be almost impossible to stay on top of.

  2. Overall health

    There has been extensive research done regarding the link between oral health and other health issues. Many people do not know that there have been connections found between oral infections and heart disease, lung disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke. How can your dentist help with this? Many of these conditions begin with or show oral manifestations. During your routine dental checkups, your dentist can help identify these manifestations. Your dentist’s oral health knowledge can provide a key link to the detection of other health issues you may be unable to detect yourself.

  3. Don’t forget your gums

    Gum health is an integral part of your overall oral health and can be difficult to keep up with if you have no background in dentistry. Your dentist will check the depth of the space between your teeth and gums with a unique tool. If the area is deep, you may have gum disease. Small checkups like this may seem unimportant, but they will pay off for you in the long run!

  4. Catch problems before they grow

    Dentists are trained to catch oral health issues early on in their development. Many people believe that cavities are accompanied by intense pain and are easy to detect. This isn’t always true. In certain cases, you may not be able to feel your cavity at all. If you are going to your dentist regularly, painless cavities will be caught and treated before they worsen and result in more expensive treatment.

Hopefully, you all see that your routine dental exam and cleaning are important to maintaining your health. If you choose to skip these appointments, you risk developing problems that could cost you more money and time in the future. We promise that routine dental checkups are something to smile about! Click here for more on wisdom teeth recovery.