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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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Teen Vaping Could Go Up in Smoke
Some call it “vaping.” Students often call it juuling, as in Juul, the top selling brand of e-cigarettes in the country.Whatever you call e-cigarette use, last week Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb called it an epidemic for minors, and last week he drew a red line in the...  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
A New Breakthrough in Cavity Prevention
In the 1970’s the newest form of tooth cavity prevention included fluoride exposure; specifically, water fluoridation in public water supplies, toothpastes, gels and fluoride varnishes.More recently the natural sugar, Xylitol, was introduced as a cavity prevention tool, most commonly in chewing...  Read More
Processed Carbohydrates Are Hard on Teeth
Depending on whom you ask, a diet rich in carbohydrates is good for you. According to a recent British study though, some carbohydrates are better for your oral health than others.In a study published in the August 2018 Journal of Dental Research, a review of 33 academic papers on starch and oral...  Read More
"Water" You Waiting For? Take the Plunge
Did you know…approximately 400 billion gallons of water are used in the United States daily?Children in the first six months of life consume seven times as much water per pound as the average American adult?Seventy percent of the human brain is comprised of water?We don’t mean to blow anyone out of...  Read More
Egypt's Happy, Healthy Superfood
Riddle: What specialty food has Middle Eastern origins, is packed full of vitamins and minerals, and is one of the 30 most commonly mispronounced foods known today?If you guessed Gyro (Greek origins, pronounced Yee-roh) or Edamame (East Asia origins, pronounced Ed-ah-mah-may), thanks for playing....  Read More
Homemade Toothpaste - in Brush Strokes
Have you noticed how chemical-free products are all the rage? Hormone-free beef, alcohol-free hair spray, no-freon refrigerating products – all these products and many more in the organic food and alternative medicine movements promote the green theme that natural is better.Left unsaid is the fact...  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
"Cheese It" Before Your Next Dental Visit
National Cheese Day was June 4 – or #NationalCheeseDay for social media ninjas.So what’s that got to do with the price of cheese? Just a reminder in the spirit of the occasion that cheese not only tastes good, but it’s also good for teeth.In an earlier study involving 68 kids ranging from 12 to 15,...  Read More
Baby Teething Bites - But Doesn't Have To
Before the terrible twos and the terrifying teenage years parents deal with something just as challenging: the bloodcurdling screams of toddler teething.   "Teething bites” is more than a bad pun or bumper sticker. Teething is a life phase like weaning, potty training and prepping your mini-me for...  Read More
The taboo of smoking marijuana may be on the decline due to more states legalizing it, but a 2017 New Zealand research study warns there may be oral health consequences for regular users of the drug.According to research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, habitual...  Read More
Sage Advice: How Using Sage May Improve Oral Health
Everyone fond of Grandma’s turkey dressing every Thanksgiving knows what sage is, but how many of us knew that it may also be good for our oral health?Sage has been known for years as a natural herbal remedy with potent healing properties, but did you know that chewing sage leaves can clean the...  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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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