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How Coffee Affects Your Dental Health


Ahh! Nothing beats a warm cup of coffee. It’s energizing and likely an integral part of your routine to get ready for the day. You might even reach for a second cup when you’re feeling that afternoon slump. But how is all of that coffee affecting your dental health, and what can you do to reduce its negative effects on your pearly whites?

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Help Your Kids Maintain Stellar Dental Health

Kids Dental Health

Good habits start early, so teaching your kids how to properly care for their teeth and gums will help ensure they’ll be able to maintain a healthy smile long into adulthood. Because February is National Children's Dental Health Month, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time showing your kids how important oral hygiene really is.

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The Connection Between Your Heart Health and Dental Health


February is American Heart Month, and February 3rd is National Wear Red Day, so there’s no better time to learn more about how to keep your ticker strong. But did you know that, beyond diet and lifestyle, a clean mouth might also help you maintain a healthy heart?

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How Dental Issues Can Detect Other Health Problems

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You thought that getting your teeth cleaned regularly was just to take care of your oral health, but the truth is your dentist could be the first one to notice that something is amiss in another part of your body.

What goes on in your mouth can be very telling when it comes to the state of your overall health, as there are several dental issues that can alert you to other problems, including those listed below.  


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Make Time To Use Your Dental Plan in the New Year


The thing about dental insurance plans is that you have to actually use the benefits they provide within the year; otherwise, you’ll lose those benefits that you paid for every month. No one likes to see their money wasted, so this year, plan to make the most of your dental plan by setting aside time to see your dentist.

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New Year – Time to Put an Emphasis On Your Health

New Year – Time to Put an Emphasis On Your Health

It’s a new year, which means it’s the perfect time to make resolutions that will help you enhance your well-being. By applying the following easy tips to your everyday life, you can put yourself on the right track towards boosting your vitality, as well as the health of your entire mouth.

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5 Fun Treats for the New Year


Now that the holidays are soon to be over, fun holiday shaped treats will no longer be in season. But what does that mean for you and the healthy food you were able to disguise into fun treats for your kids? It doesn't have to mean a thing! As we approach a new year, healthy eating and keeping up with good habits comes to the forefront for most individuals as we start to think about resolutions. Keeping a constant, healthy diet is good for both your body and teeth. That’s why we’ve put together a list of five great snacks you can make for yourself or your kids. Just because there isn’t a holiday to celebrate, doesn’t mean we need to make eating healthy boring.

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Spirit Dental Insurance: Open Enrollment Information

Spirit Dental Insurance: Open Enrollment Information

Don’t panic; there’s still time to make sure you’re covered in 2017. Next year’s open enrollment ends Jan. 31, 2017. Those of you looking for a plan know that it is required by law to have pediatric dental coverage which is provided by most health insurance plans. What isn’t required, but highly recommended is adult dental insurance. That’s why we think it’s pertinent to provide you with details on what Spirit Dental Insurance offers to make sure you are aware of all the great benefits it provides.

After all, don’t you want to make sure you’re covered if something major happens? Breaking a tooth, needing a crown or implants - just think of the out-of-pocket expenses.

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Overbites: Protect Your Kids Smile!


Wires, rubber bands, brackets, oh my! Braces are a solution for quite a few oral issues including overcrowded teeth, overbites, crooked teeth, and “bad bites” just to name a few. In particular, the overbite is the second most common reason for braces.* According to the medical dictionary, an overbite is a condition in which the top teeth or incisors overlap the bottom teeth too much when the jaw completely is closed. The issue is quite common and can be remedied with braces and proper care. Although, secondary issues can appear if the issue is ignored.

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Time to Give Thanks!

Time To Give Thanks

Here at Spirit Dental Insurance, we have so many wonderful things to be thankful for. From wonderful plan holders to employees and the families and friends that surround us, we are extremely grateful. We’re more than just a company of people who come to work from 9-5 and look forward to the weekends. We have an internal culture like none other. To help express that when you work with Spirit, you work with real people, we took a trip around the office to capture what everyone was thankful for! Hopefully, this will spark an interest, and you’ll want to share all the positives in your life with the people you care about.

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10 Facts About Baby Teeth

10 Facts About Baby Teeth

Baby teeth: they serve a much more important role than you think. Sure, they’ll all fall out or have to be pulled out at one point, but there is a need. Baby teeth start growing before birth and serve a huge role in our lives as we get older. Regardless of age, baby or adult, teeth help us chew and talk. Those little chompers can have quite an impact, so we’ve provided you with a list of ten facts, stats, and tips that might even amaze mothers with grown children!  

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Fun Halloween Treats For Your Kids

Halloween Kids Treats

Costumes, treats, decorations ... celebrating the different seasons and holidays with family and friends can come with so much enjoyment! To get in the Halloween spirit, we’ve decided to put together a list of three treats that can be fun to make with your kid(s). These treats might be on the healthier side, but they’re cute, taste great, and well, they don’t come with as much cavity potential.

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What You Should Do When You Break A Tooth

What You Should Do When You Break A Tooth 

Before we jump right in, we hope that you are not currently dealing with a broken tooth. Hopefully, you’re reading this to help prepare yourself in case the situation ever arises.

Broken, chipped, cracked, or fully removed - all not-so-great situations, but they can get much worse if not taken care of properly.

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Why You Should Floss

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Did you know that flossing does about 40% of the work to remove bacteria and plaque from your teeth?*

Every time you visit the dentist office, one of the first questions you’re asked is, “how often do you floss?” Either you're someone who flosses all the time and has an honest answer, or you're someone who responds with the generic, “at least a few times a week,” when in actuality you don’t really know how often you floss. If that’s you, it’s ok to admit; no one will shame you for it. Whether you do floss regularly or not, take note: flossing is an essential part of your routine although it might not provide instant gratification.

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Start The School Year With A Smile: Dental Tips For Kids

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Kids are back in school, and the initial first-week jitters have subsided. At first, there is so much excitement and buzz that getting the routine back in motion can be a challenge. Whether your plans include an early morning wake-up to make sure your kid’s lunch is packed, or you're a family that prefers a little extra sleep and does the packing the night before, either way, the first few weeks can be tough. After all, research shows that it takes on average 21 days to create a habit.

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Does Dental Insurance Cover Braces?

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The answer is, yes!

We’re going to start with the facts: yes, there are dental insurance plans that help cover costs for children’s orthodontics, but to what extent depends on the insurance. Currently, the out-of-pocket cost of braces ranges from $3,000-$7,000 based on the type of treatment, the duration of treatment, the orthodontist, location, your dental insurance, and any other restorative work that may need to be completed before or throughout treatment.* The high cost for orthodontic services only helps aid in the argument as to why having insurance can make a huge impact.

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How To Afford Dental Implants

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When hearing the words, “you need implants,” the dollar signs and panic can start to consume your thoughts. Your brain starts automatically rattling off things like, “how am I going to be able to afford this?” “How time-consuming will this be?” “Is it necessary?” After all, your dentist has recommended the procedure, so here we are. The next step to take is figuring out costs and how to make it all work.

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How To Maintain A Healthy Smile Through Life

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A smile is one of the first things people notice about a person. If you help take care of your teeth and gums, they will help take care of you. Here are a few things you can do to keep your mouth in tip-top shape!

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5 Disturbing Facts About Your Toothbrush

The real and nasty truth about the tiny bristled item that lives in your bathroom.

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Bacteria. Lots of it. At any given time, there could be up to 200 species of oral bacteria living in your mouth. In an article by the Huffington Post, Ann Wei, DDS, a prosthodontist based in San Francisco states, “In an unbrushed mouth, there can be as many germs as a dirty bathroom floor.” * As dirty as the bathroom floor? If knowing that makes you nauseous, just wait till this fact pops in your head as you lean in for your next kiss. Yikes!

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Should I Have Dental Insurance As A Senior?

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Keeping up with oral care as you age is pretty darn important! The scary thing about aging is that you don’t know what lies ahead. Same is true at any age, but the older we get, the more susceptible we are to disease and the decaying of teeth and gums.

It may not come as a surprise, but dry mouth is a side-effect to over 500 medications.* Anxiety, asthma, and depression are among the many diagnoses which have medications that may have an effect that could potentially lead to cavities. We know, yet another thing to worry about. We believe knowing what may or may not lie ahead helps you plan for those unexpected moments.

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