November Newsletter

Time to Give Thanks!
In a long-standing tradition of harvest season and being thankful for the abundance of produce the earth has yielded to sustain us, November is truly a time of giving thanks. In the spirit of thanksgiving season, families gather, bountiful meals are prepared, and we reflect on the gratitude we feel towards our loved ones and our lives. This has been a challenging year for all of us. Although this year some families may not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving the way we used to, we can still be thankful for all that we have, and never take anyone or anything for granted.

Because We Care…
Again, we understand that this year has been a challenging year for all of us. That is why we offer interest-free financing with CareCredit. The CareCredit healthcare credit card helps make costly procedures and treatments more manageable with promotional financing options (Subject to credit approval. Minimum monthly payments required.) If you would like more information regarding CareCredit, click here:

Use or Lose your Insurance Benefits!
As you know, we are approaching the end of 2020, which means whatever dental insurance benefits you do not use, you will lose by December 31st! Most dental insurance benefits have a provided annual maximum for members to use throughout the calendar year. Most people do not realize this and let hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars worth of benefits go back into the insurance company’s bank account. Even though dental treatment is never dictated by insurance, if you have any treatment that needs to be completed, or if you have any dental concerns, it would be very useful to come in before the end of the year. The same also applies to anyone who has a flexible or health savings account through their employer. Do not let your precious benefits go to waste. You pay for them, now use them!

True or False?
Cavities are caused by sweets. FALSE. Although sweets are typically the most condemned as the cause of cavities, the same tooth decay can occur from eating any carbohydrate, like fruit, bread, or chips. When you eat carbohydrates, the bacteria in your mouth produce acid to help break down the food; however, this acid also begins to dissolve your tooth enamel, leading to a cavity. To prevent cavities, make sure you brush and floss regularly to counteract the buildup of plaque and damage to your tooth enamel.

Fun Fact
Snails have over 14,000 teeth! And you thought flossing YOUR teeth was rough!

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