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How to Avoid Teeth Stains

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Are you dreaming of a white smile? Well, it all starts with knowing what causes your teeth to become stained, and then discovering what you can do to remove stains that have already taken hold.

Don’t worry, it’s easier than you think to maintain a brilliant smile while still indulging in the foods and drinks that you love. We’ve outlined a few simple steps that you can take right away.

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When Is the Right Time to Replace Fillings?

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After your dentist applies a filling to one of your teeth in order to restore its strength and preserve the tooth, you might think that the work is over. But the truth is that the filling won’t last indefinitely. Eventually, the fillings in your teeth will need to be replaced. The question that most patients ask is: when is the right time to replace dental fillings?

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Mouthwash - Is It a Must?

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Rinsing with some minty mouthwash can be a refreshing way to conclude your daily oral hygiene routine at home.

But is mouthwash really necessary? Is it doing anything to promote the health of your teeth and gums?

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How Allergies Can Affect Your Dental Health

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Allergy season brings with it sinus problems, sneezing, itchy, watery eyes, and other symptoms that make you feel miserable. But did you know that allergies could affect your teeth?

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Spring Cleaning … For Your Mouth

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Spring is the perfect season to refresh your routine and declutter your life. But beyond cleaning your home, you can also focus on some spring cleaning for your mouth.

As the weather warms and the days get longer, incorporate the following tips into your daily life so you can have a sparkling smile by the time summer rolls around.

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How to Prevent Cavities


Cavities: the word strikes fear in all who hear it. Put simply, when your teeth are frequently exposed to acid, sugars, starches, and bacteria, they can become permanently damaged with cavities. These tiny holes could also be the result of improper oral hygiene, and they can only be treated by your dentist. Left untreated, the holes will grow bigger and begin decaying deeper layers of your teeth, causing more problems, like a toothache, infection, and tooth loss.

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What You Should Know About Your Baby’s Teeth

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For many new parents, the topic of baby teeth causes a host of questions. When will your baby’s teeth start to peek through the gum line? What should you expect when your child to start teething? And what are some of the things that you should know to keep your baby’s mouth healthy?  

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When Dental Implants Are Needed


Dental implants are one of modern dentistry’s best advancements. Lost a tooth—or multiple teeth—for any reason? No problem! A dental implant looks and functions just like a real tooth, so you can maintain a beautiful smile and continue eating all of your favorite foods just as you did before.

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Oral Care for Babies

Oral Care For Babies

Did you know that experts recommend cleaning your baby’s mouth even before his or her teeth begin to emerge? It’s the first step in oral care for your infant, and it will help ensure an easier transition to brushing when your child is old enough.

If you’re a new parent, don’t worry, as we’ve compiled a list of tips on oral care for babies that will help guide you as your child grows.

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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

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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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