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It is hard to believe that 2014 is just around the corner.  It seems like just yesterday that the kids went back to school and here we are, counting down to the New Year already!  Time can definitely escape you but it doesn’t mean your insurance benefits should too.  Dawson Dental is here to help you make sure you take advantage of all your benefits, before they are renewed in 2014. Dental Benefits

Brushing your teeth is not just important for a whiter smile and fresher breath, it's also vital for your overall health. When you brush, you remove plaque - a thin film of bacteria that sticks to your teeth that can cause cavities, gum disease, and potentially the loss of teeth. If this sounds gruesome, it gets worse. Think of your mouth as the doorway to the rest of your body. Besides being a dental health concern, bacteria developing inside your mouth can invade other systems in your body. Research shows that poor dental health may contribute to a number of very serious conditions you'd never expect.

1. Prevent Dental Health Problems Like Gum Disease and Gingivitis

While this is a bit more obvious than the other reasons, regular brushing will help prevent gum disease. Gum disease and Gingivitis are caused by the plaque buildup around your teeth, leading to swollen gums and teeth that bleed when you brush. Avoid high dental costs by regularly brushing and visiting your dentist. Here are nine indicators that you are at risk for developing gum disease.

2. Avoid Periodontitis and the Resulting High Dental Costs

After your gums begin to swell and bleed, the gingivitis can potentially spread to the bone surrounding your teeth. This results in a loss of bone that if left untreated can lead to the loosening and subsequent loss of teeth. Be sure to take a preventative approach to best avoid the associated pain and potential costs of dental implants.

3. Prevent Heart Disease

A 2012 study in the American Journal of Medicine has shown that older adults who properly brush and get thorough dental cleanings may have a lower heart attack risk than people who follow a less-stringent oral health regimen. Dental Health Heart Disease

4. Prevent Stroke

This same study also found a link between brushing and visiting a dentist for regular

Maybe yes, maybe no … it all depends on your dental insurance plan. Some companies offer very generous plans that cover a certain percentage of orthodontic care (50% or more of the costs may be covered). Other plans set a fixed dollar amount per year for dental care coverage that may include braces. Generally, company dental insurance plans only cover braces for children under 18. Typically, an insurance policy that covers traditional braces also covers Invisalign™ invisible braces to the same extent. >> Download our Invisalign Information Guide for complete details including Invisalign costs.

8 ways to save money if your dental costs are not covered

 Many company plans however don’t provide orthodontic coverage. If that’s the case, you have several options to make braces more affordable.

 1.     Straighten now, pay later

Dawson Dental offers 0% financing on approved credit.  So you can spread the expense out over one or two years and make low monthly payments that fit your budget. Visit one of our offices today to apply. It only takes a few minutes and there are no commitments. >>Click here to find out more about our financing options.

 2.     5% cash discount

If you’re able to pay for the entire cost of your treatment upfront, you can take advantage of

Tips to save on dental costs If you think you can't afford to go to the dentist because you don't have dental insurance, think again. There are a number of ways you can cut your dental costs and make proper dental care more affordable.

Keep your teeth clean

You can avoid a lot of dental costs just by keeping your teeth clean. Brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly for dental exams – every three to six months. Yes, regular exams cost money – but it's a lot less expensive than having to pay to fix more serious dental problems. Plus, if you catch any potential issues early, you can avoid big bills in the long run.

Interest-free Dental Financing

No interest financing gives you plenty to smile about. At Dawson Dental Centres, we offer convenient, affordable financing for dental care that's interest free. You can pay for your treatment in low monthly payments to fit your budget. It only takes a few minutes to apply at any Dawson Dental office and there are no commitments. >>Click here to find out more about our financing options.

Student Discount Program

Dawson Dental Centres are part of a program that provides discounts for college and