“What time of year is that? The time of year when we look forward to family time, turkey, football and gawdy Christmas sweaters?”
Well, yes. It’s that time of year, too. But I was thinking more of the time of year when you realize that you have dental benefits left. Since dental benefits are nothing like real insurance you realize that if you don’t use those benefits before the end of the year…they disappear. Where do they disappear?
Into the insurance company’s pockets!
I’m not trying to be a Scrooge here, but it’s true. Your dental “insurance” company would love it if you don’t come in until after New Year’s Day! That way, the benefits you were entitled to for 2013 are gone and they start the clock ticking on 2014. They’re hoping that maybe you’ll wait until the end of the year next year, too! On top of that, most dental benefit companies require that procedures involving lab work be placed before you can charge the dental benefits. And lab work takes time! You need to get in sooner rather than later to make sure you can be finished!
The holiday season is already tough. We’re in the office less in November and December because of the holidays. And you’ve got more stuff going on, too. So…make your appointment now! If you wait much longer, you’re going to run out of time! We’ve still got spots available to take care of your dental needs. But time is running out! Give us a call at (989) 799-9133 or use the “make an appointment online” link above and we’ll find a time for you in between making the stuffing and finding some really bad cologne for dad. Don’t let the ghost of dental benefit’s past catch up with you!
Dental benefits make us do weird things. No, seriously. Because most dental benefits have a certain amount that they’ll allow each year, patients feel like they need to wait.
“I know I need a crown replaced on the upper right, but what happens if I break a tooth on some popcorn? Maybe I’ll just wait until the end of the year so I know I’ll have my dental benefits left then.”
Since Christmas is 6 months away today, here’s an gift to you. Four reasons why you shouldn’t wait until the end of the year to have your dental work done.
Most dental problems don’t get better on their own:It’s human nature to think maybe if we ignore the problem, it will get better. Acting like it’s no big deal that you can’t eat ice cream without almost crying doesn’t fix the problem. Also, broken fillings don’t miraculously replace themselves. You need to get these things taken care of.
Summer is pretty leisurely around here: Right now, we’ve got time for you. Lots of people are vacationing and spending time up north. So this dental office is more flexible with appointment times than we are from about October until the end of the year.
Most dental benefits are “use it or lose it”: Dental benefit companies understand human nature much better than regular folks. By only allowing a certain amount of benefit per year, they encourage you to wait on treatment. Because, you never know… “Maybe if I just get by until November I can be sure I won’t have an expensive dental emergency that I didn’t plan for.” So, a certain percentage of folks with dental benefits will wait. And some of them just keep waiting. The dental benefit companies love this, because they’ve already been paid their premium, and if you don’t end up using your benefits for the year because you’re waiting…they win!
We’re going to be closed between Christmas and New Year:Our office has prided itself on being open through the holidays for years. In fact, I even wrote a poem about it a couple years ago. We’ve been planning and working really hard on our new office this year, so we’re taking some time off in December. Which means our “end of the year rush” time just got shorter. It’s going to be a lot less likely that we can accomodate last minute “I need to use my benefits up” rush this year.
What I’m saying is…let’s take care of your dental stuff now. If it makes you feel any better I’ll wear a red and white hat and play holiday music.
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The holiday season is here! And with it comes giving. Here at Mead Family Dental, we’re going to be giving to Toys for Tots in Saginaw…and you can help! For each new “like” we receive on our Mead Family Dental Facebook page, we’ll donate $2 to Toys for Tots! So how can you help? Click here to go to our Facebook page. All you have to do is click the “Like” button on our page and we’ll donate $2 to Toys for Tots! Hooray!
As I write this post, we have 284 likes. So for each like over 284 from today (Monday, November 19th, 2012) until Christmas (Tuesday, December 25th 2012) we’ll donate to Toys for Tots*. While you’re there, you should check us out. We post fun and interesting stuff up there all the time. If you’re one of our satisfied customers and you want to tell the world, you could leave us a review right there on our Facebook page! By liking a Facebook page, you’re inviting us to show up on your Facebook wall occasionally. I take that permission seriously and I promise not to junk your wall up with lame stuff…seriously!
Now some of you may be thinking, “Well, Dr. Mead. I want to get in on the holiday cheer but I’ve already liked your Facebook page…what about me?” I’m not going to leave you out in the cold either! You can share this post or our Facebook page with friends so they can “like” us, too! See, everyone wins!
Help spread our some holiday cheer and get great dental information as well! Go “like” us today and help Toys for Tots in Saginaw!
It’s the time of year for resolutions again. The problem with resolutions is that they’re usually too hard to keep. We usually ask too much of ourselves or they don’t really fit into our lifestyle.
So instead of resolving to eat nothing but lettuce for the entirety of 2012 or reducing your carbon footprint by 95% you might try one (or all) of these.
Check your calendar and make sure you have a dental checkup scheduled. If you need one, give us a call at (989) 799-9133 or click on the button at the upper right of this page that says “make an appointment online.!” We can get you set up right away and you can feel good knowing you’re doing the right thing for your teeth!
Floss your teeth at least once every day. I know, I know. Everyone hates flossing, but everyone needs to do it. People who floss regularly almost never have cavities in between their teeth. Remove that biofilm and your teeth will thank you!
Start small. Make the whole resolution thing nice and easy. You’ll feel better about yourself and then maybe next year you can resolve to swear off using the letter “S”. Or whatever makes you feel good.
All of us at Mead Family Dental wish you and yours a wonderful and prosperous new year. If you’re looking for a dentist in Saginaw or just have any questions for me, feel free to drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re looking forward to serving you in 2012!
"I'm wishing for a Mead Family Gold Club membership!"
There’s always that one person on your gift list. You know the one. Every idea for a gift you come up with just doesn’t quite fit. You’ve found the perfect Christmas sweater, but you don’t know their size. You’d get them a fruitcake, but that’s what you did last year. What to do?
I have a suggestion! This idea was given to me by a patient. This creative gift giver decided to give the gift of a healthy smile! She bought her daughter’s entire family a Mead Family Gold club membership! Now, the family will have 365 days of preventive dental care paid for and a great discount on any other dental services! For more details click here! Now that’s a gift that will be remembered all year long!
Want more information? Give the office a call at (989) 799-9133 or email Kathy at Kathy@meadfamilydental.com. If you’d like, we can come up with a nifty wrapped package and everything!
Happy Holidays and good luck with your gift giving!
You’ve heard of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year I heard all about “Small Business Saturday” and I even did my part by shopping at a great little bike shop in downtown Midland. I’ve decided to start a new holiday tradition: Dental Appointment Tuesday!
O.K. Stay with me here. I know it’s easy to get burned out on holiday cheer. However, it’s even easier to forget to keep up with preventive dental visits! Preventive visits (a.k.a.: getting your teeth cleaned) are perhaps the most important way to keep your teeth healthy. If you have your teeth checked a couple times per year it’s much easier to catch problems when they’re small. And remember, small problems are a) less expensive and b) less painful.
So what do you have to do to participate in the holiday extravaganza that is “Dental Appointment Tuesday?” On this Tuesday, November 29th, double check to make sure you have your next preventive dental visit scheduled. If you do, you’ve already had a great Dental Appointment Tuesday! If you don’t have an appointment scheduled, call your dentist to set one up! So there you have it! Celebrating Dental Appointment Tuesday is as easy as checking your calendar or making a phone call. Now you can feel good that you’re doing the right thing for your teeth and your health!
Dental Appointment Tuesday is also a great reminder for those who have dental benefits that run out at the end of the year to make sure you get any work that you were planning on for 2011 scheduled! You’ll have just over a month to get it done, so call your dentist before they run out of appointments!
So here’s to a new tradition! Dental Appointment Tuesday, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, is a great way to make sure you’re keeping up with preventive dental appointments!
What’s that? You say you don’t have a dentist? Well, we’d love to be your Saginaw dentist! Call the office at (989) 799-9133, click on the “make an appointment online” link above or email me at: email@example.com. I always answer my own email, so feel free to drop me a line with any questions!
Enjoy your holiday season and Happy Dental Appointment Tuesday!
We hope you have a fantastic Halloween! We have a warm place in our hearts for this scary holiday here at Mead Family Dental. Last year we featured Kathy as an undead pirate. I can hardly wait to see what she’s come up with this year!
As a dentist, Halloween makes me think of two things. Scary Halloween teeth and all that candy.
First…check out some of the very cool, very scary Halloween teeth I’ve found.
For those of you who prefer the horrifying monster look we have “minion fangs” found at www.halloween-mask.com.
“Dental Distortions” (www.dentaldistortions.com) provides several terrifying options for vampire fans.
For those who prefer their fangs on canine teeth you can choose the “nightslayer” option.
My personal preference has the fangs on the lateral incisors on the “nightbreed” model.
If you prefer a more demonic look I highly recommend the “Lucius” model.
And finally, no discerning trick or treater would want to miss a sweet halloween grill (from www.halloweencostumeworld.com).
Now, on a more serious note, let’s talk about candy. Halloween is a huge candy holiday. Americans buy 600 million pounds of candy each Halloween. That’s a lot of candy. And that’s some serious potential for tooth decay.
There are some things that parents can do to reduce the risks of decay for their trick or treaters. Here’s a few ideas:
Help your children brush their teeth. Dr. Mead’s rule…12 and under should have a parents’ help with brushing. I know you think that’s crazy, but it’s not. 18 and under should have a parent monitor how they brush and check to see how well they’re doing. Good habits developed as a kid means my drill spins less. And that’s a VERY GOOD thing.
Use the Halloween candy extravaganza as a reminder to make an appointment for a dental checkup. If you need an appointment or are looking for a new dentist, we’d be happy to help! You can call the office at (989) 799-9133 or make an appointment online!
It’s tough being a dentist on Halloween. But it’s my duty to spread the word about how we can reduce the risk of cavities for our little ghosts and goblins!
Did you like this post? Do you have any questions I could answer? Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at the office at (989) 799-9133. This Saginaw dentist is always taking new patients and we’d love to be your Saginaw dental office!