Straight-Talk
Straight-Talk
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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iCLEAN - The Mouthwash With a Purpose
Iodine and baking soda have at least one thing in common – both have had countless uses over the decades.Iodine offers similar versatility as the white baking powder with purposes ranging from disinfecting external wounds and use as a disinfectant, to treating thyroid deficiencies, use in...  Read More
3D-Printed Plugs May Revolutionize Implants
Two important things to know about dental implants: First, they are expensive; second, they are prohibitively expensive since most dental plans don’t cover them as a plan benefit. Most insurance carriers consider implants a cosmetic procedure – like liposuction or Botox lip injections.  Free tip:...  Read More
The Successful Roll-out of Henry the Dentist
Once upon a time before dental insurance plans and automobiles, dentists sometimes made house calls. When they did  magazines found in residential “waiting rooms” were probably more current then than those found in dental offices today, but I digress.A husband/wife entrepreneurial team and their...  Read More
This Dentist Loved to Write and Wrote to Live – Part 2
Earlier this month we featured an early 20th century dentist who fantasized about being a full-time writer.  What dental blogger can’t relate to that?! A Passion for Writing Pearl Grey was so passionate about his writing that after graduating from dental school at the University of Pennsylvania, he...  Read More
This Dentist Lived to Write and Wrote to Live
Once or twice a year in this space we play a game with readers where we share clues about former dentists who earned fame and fortune in other careers and have the readers guess who they are. In , we wrote about the many exploits of Paul Revere and how the ‘midnight rider’ performed the first known...  Read More
Bio-Friendly Dental Implants (Part 2)
Our last blog installment ended just as Emerginnova Founder and President, Michael Foley, was about to share the advantages ceramic implants have over conventional titanium implants. At that point we had to call a timeout but for a good reason – he had a dental appointment.   Just kidding. For...  Read More
Ceramic Implants - A Bio-Friendly Alternative
Since the beginning of time humans have cut their teeth on competition.Exhibit A: In Bible times there was Jacob vs Esau and David vs. Goliath. Exhibit B: In sports, Muhammad Ali vs Joe Frazier and the New York Yankees vs the Boston Red Sox. Exhibit C: On television we’ve had Oprah vs Martha...  Read More
Artificial Intelligence - Meet Toothbrushing
Unless you are a conscientious objector to new technology, there’s a good chance you rub cyber elbows with artificial intelligence several times daily.Email programs offer spam filters, can prioritize your email and provide automated responses.Smart phones feature smart personal assistants, voice...  Read More
The 2019 Dentin Awards Are Here!
Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow Feb 2, and you know what that means?  It means television viewers will soon be subjected to four hours of narcissistic preening, posing and posturing when Hollywood celebrates itself and lectures viewers about the latest topic du jour trending on social media. This...  Read More
Dental Therapists and the Dentist Shortage
A few days after Santa Claus had come and gone one state governor presented his state’s residents with a gift of his own.On Dec 27, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed a Senate bill into law authorizing dental therapists to perform a variety of routine procedures for patients usually reserved for...  Read More
The Twelve Days of...Dental Coverage?
On the first day of coverage my dentist gave to me:a teeth-friendly tea and coffee. On the second day of coverage my dentist gave to me:two tubes of toothpaste and a teeth-friendly tea and coffee.On the third day of coverage my dentist gave to me:three ® , two tubes of toothpaste and a...  Read More
Happy Holidays - Dental Insurance Store
Are you dreaming of a white teeth Christmas? You will be after viewing our holly, jolly infographic!  Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all!  Read More
Time to Play The Dental Plan Squares
(TV ANNOUNCER) “One of these dental plan benefits performers is sitting in the secret square, and the contestant who picks it first could win cash and an all-expense paid trip to a special Caribbean hideaway! Which benefit is it?"Is it…Penny Prophylaxis, Xavier X-ray, Robbie Resin, Freddie...  Read More
The Dentist Student Turned TV Private Eye
“I’m just a very fortunate fellow I feel to have had the life that I’ve had.  I could have been playing golf every Wednesday in Kansas City, having been a dentist.” – Craig StevensCraig Stevens isn’t the first person we’ve featured in this space who planned a career in dentistry, only to take a...  Read More
Toothpic App Offers Dental Care on Demand
Here’s something to smile about: a new dental app that allows users to personally consult with a certified dentist in their area using smart phones and imaging technology. The goal of the Toothpic app is to allow users to instantly consult with certified dentists in their area and share vivid...  Read More
Toothbrush Inventor Has a Grip on Success
There are two main things about entrepreneurship I appreciate: the importance of curiosity and perseverance – Steven Walther, inventor of the Toof-inger toothbrush®.Steven Walther marched away from his military service four years ago to battle in the free enterprise jungle, but many of those...  Read More
Diminutive Actor Was a Hollywood Giant (Part 2)
In our last blog post we wrote about how Indiana native Byron (our subject’s middle name), left California at age 9 to live with relatives back home in Indiana after the tragic death of his mother. Byron’s father, a dental technician employed by a California VA facility, was deep in debt due to his...  Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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