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6 Reasons to Use Your Dental Insurance before the End of 2017

November 14th, 2017

We’ve all heard the saying, “Use it or lose it.” This is especially true when it comes to dental insurance. If your dental insurance plan is on a calendar year, you will lose any unused benefits after December 31st.

With that said, now is a great time of year to take advantage of all that your dental plan has to offer – especially if you or your family members have been putting off any needed treatments. In fact, here are 6 reasons why you should make a dental appointment today:

  1. Save Money – No one wants to spend more for dental procedures than they have to. Using your dental insurance before the end of the year can save you hundreds of dollars or more. Dental insurance companies rely on their customers to let their benefits go unused. This one way they make money. Don’t let that happen. Be sure to check with your insurance company to know what benefits you have remaining and try to use them quickly.
  2. Deductible – The deductible is the amount of money that you must pay out-of-pocket before your dental insurance kicks in. Most often, this amount is under $100, but can vary. If you have been using your dental plan during 2017, chances are you have met your deductible. Your deductible will reset after December 31st – the amount you have paid towards your deductible will not roll-over to next year.
  3. Yearly Maximum – As the case with your deductible, your yearly maximum will not roll-over. This is the amount that you dental plan pays towards your dental care during the year. Typically, the amount is between $1000 - $2500 per year and varies by insurance provider. If you have been using your insurance all year, you have probably met your deductible. So, if you need a dental cleaning or a treatment, call today and get in before the end of the year. Come January, you must start paying towards your deductible again.
  4. Fee Increases – Each New Year is an opportunity for dental and health insurance providers to raise their fees. You may end up paying more next year – this includes premiums and deductibles. It’s extremely beneficial to you and your wallet to get any dental care you need before the end of the year. It may end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.
  5. Dental Problems Can Get Worse – Getting regular dental check-ups and cleanings allows your dentist to discover, identify and treat any dental issues. Catching problems early means avoiding more extensive treatments down the road.
  6. Use Up Existing FSA Contributions – If you have any remaining balance in your flexible spending account (FSA), now is a good time to spend it. This is an account that you established through your employer, and that you may have elected to have some of your pre-tax pay put into. Just like your dental insurance, if you don’t use your FSA by the end of the year, you will lose it.

If you have dental benefits to use before the end of the year, or FSA contributions, call now to make an appointment. Most dental office book-up fast this time of year.

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Braces Friendly Recipe: Lasagna

October 25th, 2017

There are some unique challenges everyone is faced with while wearing braces. One in particular is what type of food you can safely eat. Some foods can be difficult to remove from between your teeth and the appliance. Other foods may even break or loosen your braces.

Dinner recipe ideas

Lasagna is a great dinner choice because it provides you with several food groups in one easy dish.

  • 1 ½ pounds ground hamburger
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tsp. basil
  • 1 pound diced tomatoes — canned is fine
  • 12 oz. tomato paste
  • 1 package of dry spaghetti sauce mix for seasoning
  • 10 oz. box dry lasagna
  • 3 cups ricotta or cottage cheese or 1 ½ cups each mixed
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pound sliced or shredded Mozzarella cheese

Brown and drain your hamburger meat. Dice the garlic and simmer the hamburger, garlic, basil, diced tomatoes, tomato paste and powdered sauce mix for ½ hour.

Cook the lasagna noodles as directed on the package and drain.

Beat the eggs and combine them with your ricotta or cottage cheese.

Layer ½ of the noodles in a 13 x 9 pan. Spread ½ of your cottage cheese mix on top of the noodles, then layer ½ of the mozzarella on top. Finish this layer with ½ of your hamburger mix. Repeat the layering with the other half of your ingredients. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes.

Don’t Forget

Remember that your mouth will be sore after adjustments so stick to softer foods until the sensitivity is reduced. Please do not hesitate to ask our team for recipe and meal ideas. We will be happy to take the time to explain which foods items are the best choices and why.

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Taking Care of Your Baby's Teeth

October 25th, 2017

Good oral hygiene begins from birth and when your baby cuts her first tooth, typically around 6 to 7 months of age, you should begin gentle tooth cleaning. By the time your baby has her first birthday she will probably have eight, or even up to 12 of her 20 baby teeth.

Here’s a few quick tips to help start your child’s good oral hygiene habits:

  • Start brushing your baby’s teeth as soon as the first tooth is cut.
    Brush twice a day, with a small pea sized amount of toothpaste using very small, gentle, circular movements.
  • Avoid giving your baby sweet treats or acidic fruit juice and fizzy drinks as these ‘foods’ can cause tooth decay and enamel erosion
  • Use just a smear of toothpaste designed specifically for babies to ensure the correct amount of fluoride is provided.
  • Once your baby cuts a tooth it is recommended that your baby visits the dentist every 6 months.
  • Don’t put anything other than milk or formula in your baby’s bottle, and always make sure that your baby’s teeth are brushed prior to nap and/or bedtime. Offer your baby ONLY water if he/she becomes thirsty during sleep time.
  • As your baby grows, it is recommended that they start transitioning to a sippy cup by age one, and that any use of a sippy cup outside of mealtime should only be with water.

If it's time for your baby's first dental visit, we have several pediatric dentist to choose from. Give us a call today at 406-656-6100.

Your Dentist Wins Billings Gazette Reader's Choice

October 23rd, 2017

Brewer Dental Center is proud to announce that we have been voted Billings Gazette Reader's Choice 2017! This is our sixth consecutive year as the top choice for dental care in the Billings area.

We'd like to thank all the readers who voted for us again this year, as we consider this a great honor.

The Billings Gazette is the state's largest newspaper and a trusted news source. Each year, local residents and consumers participate in a popular online voting process to select the community’s favorite places, businesses, people and providers. The Reader’s Choice Award is chosen solely by the people and recognizes those in the community who are the best at what they do.

This marks the 18th year of Billings Gazette Readers' Choice awards, and it represents one of remarkable success. The categories have grown and changed. Brewer Dental Center competed against several high-ranking dental professionals in the area, but was finally selected as a trusted community favorite.

For over 30 years, Brewer Dental Center  has been providing high-quality, comprehensive dental care to patients of all ages. Brewer Dental Center provides general, cosmetic, restorative dentistry services and are assisted by a team of skilled dental professionals and office staff. Our team also includes orthodontists and pediatric dentists. Our dedicated team ensures that patients can get the care they need for healthy teeth and gums, and optimal oral health.

The ability to provide same-day appointments and full-service dental care in a modern, relaxing environment has certainly fostered our favorable reputation in the community.

Congratulations to all the winners! For a complete list of winners, click here.

To learn more about Brewer Dental Center or to request an appointment, visit our website.

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