Straws can be great for your teeth! Learn how.

A Love Letter to Straws

What would a tropical drink be without these decorative devices? Whether crazy or straight—straws certainly don’t suck. Other than the 24 hours following tooth removal, we don’t see any reason to skip on straws.

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Losing your job isn’t easy. But getting coverage shouldn’t make things harder.

3 Benefit Options if You Lose Your Job

Whether you’ve been laid off or terminated, losing a job is stressful. Aside from income insecurity, you have health and dental insurance to worry about. Here are 3 options to consider during your employment transition:

Smiles will be everywhere at the 2016 Summer Olympics!

Smile Statements Made at the Olympics

Is your smile ready for another epic Summer Olympics? To amp up your excitement, we’re looking back to when grins grabbed the gold. Here are our favorite moments:

Brunch can be good for you! Learn how to reap the benefits of this weekend tradition.

The Many Benefits of Brunch

You should never skip breakfast—unless of course it’s for brunch—then you should definitely skip it. Come Saturday morning, brunch takes over breakfast by stealing the “break” and dropping the “fast.” Brunch has bountiful benefits, but these are our favorites:

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Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids Passes Million Dollar Mark

The 17th Annual Delta Dental Pro-Am for Kids, which took place on May 26, raised more than $100,000 for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Southwest Virginia (BGCSWVA). Since it began in 2000, the event has contributed more than 1 million dollars to the non-profit. This unique golf tournament and auction pairs three amateurs with a Virginia golf professional, and the professionals compete for a share of a $10,000 purse provided by Allstate. This year’s champion was Roanoke’s own Tommy Joyce, who shot a 66.

Feeling nervous? Your anxious habits could be harming your teeth.

Beat Nervous Habits That Harm Dental Health

Whether it’s prepping for a presentation or planning a party, nervous habits always seem to sneak into our lives—and mouths. Virginia falls in the top 20 for most stressed out states in the nation, so we’re sure nervous habits are in no short supply across our state.

How exactly does insurance work? Use this infographic to help you understand.

INSURANCE 103 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Continue to clear up your insurance confusion with our Dental Benefits 103 Infographic:

You have a right to a second opinion. Things to consider beforehand:

3 Must-Dos Before You Get a Second Opinion

A serious diagnosis. High treatment costs. An outfit choice. These are all examples of when you may need a second opinion.

These common summer activities may have serious dental health consequences!

3 Surprising Summer Staples That Can Damage Your Smile

We’ve heard it all before: Summer’s sugary treats can harm teeth. Running on a pool deck can result in dental disaster. Though they’re important, watch out for these 3 not-so-predictable pearly white pitfalls this summer: 

When you travel, be prepared for everything…including a dental emergency.

How to Use Dental Benefits Abroad

From currency and cuisine to electrical outlets and hand gestures, traveling outside of the U.S. is, well—different. And your insurance is no exception. Fortunately, just like your jetlag, coverage can come with you overseas. Many dental insurance plans cover at least some portion of dental emergencies.*

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