My Tricare Retiree Dental Program ended. What are my options?
If you’re a military retiree looking for alternatives to replace your Tricare Retiree Dental Program (TRDP), you’re not alone. The government announced an end to the program beginning Dec. 31, which has a lot of people wondering what their options are.
Diabetes and oral health: The connection
Anything from measles to cancer, blood diseases to bulimia can be detected in the mouth. In fact, for many years, associations have been reported between the health of the mouth and medical conditions. One such association is with diabetes and periodontal disease (also known as gum disease).
Small business benefits
Did you know that dental insurance is the ___third-most requested benefit___ among employees, after medical and retirement? It’s no coincidence – dental benefits have been shown to improve oral health and overall well-being. You want talented workers, and they expect benefit packages that work to keep their whole selves healthy.
Are all toothpastes the same?
From ancient Egypt to early Greece, humans have long used pastes and scrubs to clean teeth, freshen breath and support a healthy mouth. While we’ve evolved beyond the toothpaste ingredients of crushed bones or burnt eggshells that our ancestors used (phew), we still rely on toothpaste for the same reasons. With all the options out there and all that they promise, it’s natural to wonder: Are all toothpastes the same? Does it really matter which one I use?
Pool time: How to help your kids have fun and keep their teeth safe at a home pool
The outdoor swimming pool is a hallmark of Minnesota summers, and can be a great way for kids to burn off some energy and beat the heat. If your kids are spending a lot of time at an at-home pool (whether your own or a friend’s) this summer, be sure to protect their teeth with these tips:
The size of your dental network matters for your employees. Here’s why.
Network coverage should be a key consideration when selecting dental coverage for your business. Network size has a crucial impact on overall cost – both to you and to your employees. Here’s why a large network matters for your employees:
The surprising history of toothpaste
We’ve touched on the origins – and, thankfully, evolution – of the toothbrush, but have you ever wondered about the history of toothpaste? Unsurprisingly, the Egyptians – who also used urine to whiten teeth – were among the first to develop a form of toothpaste. In 5000 BC, pumice, burnt eggshells and powdered oxhooves all were a part of this teeth “cleaning” formula.
Lying through your teeth! Common dental idioms and their origins
Have you ever noticed how many of our everyday idioms mention our mouths or teeth? Many of us know what these common sayings mean – but have you wondered where they came from? We break it down below.
Preventive care saves you time and money
Most dental plans cover preventive care at 100 percent – and there’s a reason for that! Most regular dentist visits focus on preventive care, including cleanings, oral exams and X-rays.