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It’s time to review your end-of-year dental health benefits. Use it before you lose it!

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For many folks, autumn is their favorite time of year. The changing colors of trees, crisp and cool mornings and evenings, and celebrating the beginning of the holiday season are all reasons to bundle up with your loved ones, carve some pumpkins, and make good use of the fireplace.

But while autumn may make you smile, it’s also can be party-time for cavities! Halloween candies, hot cocoa, caramel apples, Thanksgiving pies and other favorite holiday desserts & sweets can mean your teeth could be suffering if they’re not properly cared for.

Maybe it’s time for a dental insurance refresher? While most medical insurance plans have no coverage limits and provide coverage for a broad range of services, dental insurance is only intended to provide a set amount of coverage for a specific set of services, like: biannual checkups, cleanings, cavity fillings, X-rays, crowns, root canals, and other necessary treatment. Stand-alone dental insurance policies come in all shapes and sizes. Some plans cover everything from braces to cleanings, while others cover a more limited set of benefits. Many plans, including health savings accounts (HSA) and flex plans, offer benefits which must be satisfied annually. Are you familiar with your dental health care plan and its rules?

Make sure you use it before you lose it!

Getting fit for Spring? Don’t forget your flossing fitness!

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Spring is such an exciting and beautiful season, and here in Urbandale we’re experiencing an absolutely gorgeous month of May! 

At this time of year, many of us are on a fitness kick getting ready for swimsuits and warmer weather sports. In fact, just the other week, Dr. McDonald completed his second marathon in Lincoln, Nebraska. Setting fitness goals and making our healthy “to-do” lists including drinking more water, eating clean foods, and completing daily exercise routines are common priorities for many.  But how many of us are remembering to include our daily flossing goals? Yes – that’s right, flossing more often might be something you need to consider adding to your daily health regimen. 

Flossing is one of the easiest and quickest ways to remove bad bacteria from your body.  Without flossing on a regular basis, harmful plaque and bacteria continuously build up in between areas of your teeth where your toothbrush cannot reach.  And, if plaque is allowed to accumulate, not only can it cause tooth decay and loss, but bad bacteria can enter your bloodstream causing other negative health side effects.

Here are some tips for achieving your flossing fitness goals:

  • Use about 18 inches of floss, wrapping each middle finger
  • Grasp the floss firmly between your thumb and forefinger
  • Firmly hold the strand between each tooth,  gently rubbing the side surfaces
  • Make a “C” shape when the floss reaches the gum line
  • Use a fresh part of the strand as you make your way around each tooth

Enjoy the healthy, refreshing feeling of a fit & flossed smile!

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