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Start the School Year Off Right with Tips from DentalPlans.com

A trip to the dentist is one of the best ways to help children have a
successful school year. This is unfortunately because the high cost of
dental care has been linked
to frequent school absences and learning problems.

Even when they are in school, kids with painful dental health issues
find it hard to concentrate on schoolwork or complete their homework.
This, along with problems such as sleeping, eating and socializing can
have a significant, negative
impact
on a child's ability to succeed.

With savings of 10-60% on dental care from a nationwide network of
dentists, including pediatric specialists, dental savings plans, also
known as dental discount plans, help make dental care more affordable
for all. Along with savings on restorative dental care, many of these
plans include free or very low fee rates for basic preventive care such
as cleanings and checkups.

The effects of dental disease continue into adulthood. According to the Academy
of General Dentistry
, gum disease affects 80 percent of American
adults. And, according to an article
on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's website, employed
adults lose more than 164 million hours of work each year due to dental
issues. Recent studies have associated gum disease with medical
conditions such as respiratory infections, cardiovascular disease,
diabetes, some cancers and adverse pregnancy outcomes.

"The back-to-school season is the perfect time to focus on enhancing the
entire family's dental health," said Bill Chase, senior vice president
of marketing for DentalPlans.com,
a leading dental and health savings online marketplace. "Teaching
children about the importance of dental care and incorporating good oral
health behaviors, including at-home oral hygiene and regular
professional checkups and cleanings, sets them up for a lifetime of
success, good health and smiles."

Parents can reinforce the importance of good dental health at home by:

  • Making healthy eating a priority. Make sure there are always
    fresh fruits and raw vegetables in the house to snack on. Ban soda and
    other sweet drinks from your refrigerator—even diet varieties, which
    contain tooth-eroding acid. Teach your kids that if sugar, in any of
    its forms (high fructose corn syrup, "cane juice," etc.), is listed as
    one of the first three ingredients on a food label, that item should
    be considered a dessert.
  • Ensuring kids see the dentist regularly. No child (or adult)
    can keep their teeth plaque-free without the help of a professional.
    Routine teeth cleanings and dental exams—and kids may need cavity
    prevention care such as fluoride treatments and dental sealants—are
    essential for good oral health.
  • Being a good role model. Children, particularly teens, will
    surely notice if parents are talking the talk, but not walking the
    walk. Parents need to take good care of their own teeth, and not
    postpone their own dental checkups if possible.
  • Having a plan: Dental savings plans can help everyone in the
    family keep a sparkling smile for life. These plans are typically
    priced at about half the cost of dental insurance and do not have
    annual spending limits, deductibles or health restrictions, like
    dental insurance. And, unlike dental insurance, there are no long
    waiting times either. Dental savings plans can be used to save on all
    included treatments within 72-hours of plan purchase.

To find out more about the advantages of dental savings plans, visit dentalplans.com.

About DentalPlans.com

DentalPlans.com, founded in 1999, is a leading dental and health savings
online marketplace in the U.S., helping more than a million people to
affordably access quality healthcare services. Our mission is to empower
consumers with the tools, information, and services that they need to
live happier, healthier lives. www.dentalplans.com.

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