Dean writes Agent Straight-Talk, a consumer blog on dental insurance and discount dental plans. Dean shoots from the hip highlighting best practices and trends within the dental insurance industry.

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Posted 9/20/2017 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 26
The Diminutive Actor Who Became a Hollywood Giant
The subject of today’s post once said, “The only greatness for man is immortality.” Since then his theory has been tested posthumously by spawning a legend larger than life.Blessed with photogenic good looks and a devil-may-care attitude, he was like a real-life “Fonz”...  Read More
Posted 8/30/2017 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 35
How Opioid Abuse Affects Oral Health
Substance abuse isn’t new, and neither are opioids. This well-known pain killing narcotic has been front and center in public consciousness the past year or two.cited a new Blue Cross Blue Shield in late June that estimated the number of people addicted to opioids had increased 493% from 2010...  Read More
Posted 3/21/2017 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 19
New App Invests in Future of Young Smiles
A team of Indiana dentists committed to ensuring the next generation of smiles has released a new app for elementary school children that visually illustrate the harmful content of sugar and acid in popular drinks. “Drinks Destroy Teeth” uses lessons, video clips and suggested...  Read More
Posted 2/28/2017 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 30
The Rookie Cop and the Tooth Fairy
“What have we got,” police Captain Alvin Alveo asked the rookie police officer sitting behind the two-way mirrored glass. The young officer was intently observing a petite suspect sitting calmly in detention. “Not sure Cap’n,” says Officer Darren Crown, turning to face...  Read More
Posted 2/21/2017 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 83
Are Self-Healing Teeth Possible?
Have you heard the joke that says, “Be kind to your dentist because he has fillings too?” Both dentists doing tooth fillings and patients needing them should have a good feeling about a new fillings study. A new British study by researchers at King’s College London has...  Read More
Posted 11/9/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 70
Medicare Oral Health Benefits a Mystery
Is it just me, or is life full of mysteries? For example, why is there only one word for “thesaurus?” Why does sour cream have an expiration date? Is the lack of practicing mimes working in telemarketing discriminatory? Why does “monosyllabic” have five syllables? Why does...  Read More
Posted 10/26/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 78
Dental Sealants Can Seal the Deal on Cavity Prevention
Dental sealants are estimated to prevent up to 80% of cavities in permanent molars for two years after application. Fifty percent of molars remain protected for up to four years and the sealants can remain effective on teeth for up to nine years.Children from low-income households are less likely...  Read More
Posted 10/18/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 63
Three Little Pigs Hunt for Dental Plans
Once upon a time there were three pig triplets. On the day of their 26th birthday their pig parents called a family meeting in their pig pen den. “Listen up Peter, Perry and Pam,” Papa Pig said. “It’s time for you to leave the farm and begin rooting around for your own pig...  Read More
Posted 10/4/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 2  |   Views: 158
The Wisdom of Removing Wisdom Teeth Questioned
Here’s a nugget of wisdom recently announced: little research exists that confirms any benefit from extracting wisdom teeth that are not causing pain or other problems. In other words, of the thousands of symptom-free wisdom teeth pulled each year, it is unclear whether the benefits outweigh...  Read More
Posted 9/22/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 64
Is Dried Fruit Safe for Teeth?
To hear some people talk, you’d think references to “the fruit of the poisonous tree” or “forbidden fruit” was an admonition about the dangers of dried fruit on teeth. It’s true that processed dried fruit can play havoc with teeth due to added sugar and...  Read More
Posted 9/13/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 79
Son of Dentist Knew How to Toot Own Horn
Let’s play a game. The subject of today’s post is world-famous, but not much is known about his childhood and upbringing. We’ll share some clues, and your job is to figure out the celebrity we’re writing about before the end of the article. If you guess correctly, call us...  Read More
Posted 9/7/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 53
Five Oral Health Tips for Healthy Aging
September is Healthy Aging Month - so say advocates of aging healthy. For those in the early autumn of their senior citizen years, don’t think because cavities are less a concern at your age that you can let your oral health drift. Just as we accumulate mileage on our anatomical chassis and...  Read More
Posted 8/31/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 62
Freshen Your Smile with Fun Summer Reruns
Hard to believe summertime 2016 is winding down. Here are some signs we’re approaching the sunset of summer season: 1. Kids are back in school.2. College football tailgating parties start in a week or two.3. Soon it’ll be time to swap hiking shorts for jeans and that favorite sweatshirt...  Read More
Posted 8/23/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 236
Don't Use Charcoal on Your "Grill" Like This
Americans are clever people who often find many uses for common household items. For example, did you know that dryer sheets used in the laundry room can be used as shoe deodorizers and that aluminum foil can be used as dryer sheets? Have you ever used hydrogen peroxide as a stain remover? What...  Read More
Posted 8/16/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 79
Flossing Flouters Favor Flawed Flossing Studies
Say it ain’t so! Have dental professionals and government agencies been spinning a yarn of floss all this time about the importance of flossing our teeth? Why are flouters of flossing gleefully smirking at a new caveat regarding cavity prevention?Allow me to explain. Every year the federal...  Read More
Posted 8/2/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 93
Like Kids in a Cotton Candy Store
Every now and then it’s good to sink your teeth into a good fluff piece, isn’t it? What could be fluffier than cotton candy? Even a good fluff article has to contain some substance though; otherwise all that sugar crystallizes in our brain cells and rots our cognitive thinking process....  Read More
Posted 7/25/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 99
What’s Done is “Dunne” – Dental Love Story 2
Last week we wrote about how Irene, a small town Indiana girl with aspirations of becoming an opera singer, transitioned to becoming a musical actress on and off Broadway.Irene was regularly starring in musical roles on a regular basis but was prepared to walk away from the theater at the request...  Read More
Posted 7/13/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 64
What's Done is Dunne - A Dental Love Story
“Make up your mind what you want. Go after it. And be prepared to pay well for it. I hope you’ll go after the rooted things – the self-respect that comes when we accept our share of responsibility. Satisfying work. Marriage. A home. A family. For these are the things that grow...  Read More
Posted 7/7/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 57
Jump for Joy and Enjoy That Soy!
Some say po-ta-to, some say po-tat-o. Whatever anyone calls a potato – or is it potatoe? – they may agree to disagree on whether soy is harmful or beneficial to our health. The answer you get depends upon whom you ask.Critics of soy products tend to paint soy with a broad brush,...  Read More
Posted 6/17/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 111
Secondhand Smoke and Cavities in Kids
A recent study hints of a possible new potential threat concerning the debilitating effects of secondhand smoke on young children: cavities.According to a recent article published in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA), 10 of 15 observational studies revealed a weak to moderate...  Read More
Posted 6/8/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 111
Unlocking the Mysteries of Dental Fees
Ever wonder why some dental procedures are considered basic and others major? If you answered “so the dentist can charge more,” you should know that cynical thinking has been found to cause cavities and may lead to premature tooth loss - accidentally on purpose.Just kidding. In this...  Read More
Posted 5/19/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 240
Turmeric: The Oral Health Miracle Spice
When thinking about products and foods that help with oral health, turmeric may not be anywhere near the top of your list. For readers that think turmeric is a medical condition, a foreign language, or a type of Middle Eastern clothing, there are several reasons why turmeric has been widely...  Read More
Posted 5/10/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 112
"Goth" Bless the Heartland Dreamers
Picture this: four score and six years ago this August, a 39-year-old artist driving through his native state of Iowa spotted an unusual whitewashed house in a small town. The house made such an impression on him that he decided to use it as a backdrop for an American Heartland scene he imagined....  Read More
Posted 4/26/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 92
Five Famous Names of Oral Cancer
Carcinoma. Sarcoma. Lymphoma. Blastoma. There are over 100 different types and many classifications of cancer that affect humans. Whatever the type and classification, cancer remains the “dread disease” first mentioned in 19th century newspapers. As we reported in last summer, the...  Read More
Posted 4/20/2016 by DentInsStore in Straight-Talk   |  Comments: 0  |   Views: 90
Just Do it - Oral Cancer Screenings
What do Babe Ruth, Beatle George Harrison, movie stars Lana Turner and Humphrey Bogart, TV actor Jack Klugman, and former U.S. Presidents Ulysses Grant and Grover Cleveland have in common? At some point, all of them had oral cancer. Some of these famous names died from the disease while others...  Read More
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