Monticciolo May/June 2017

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Making a positive difference in our patients’ lives.

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DR. MONTICCIOLO • DR. FARES • DR. PEREZ • DR. RODENBOSTEL • DR. BRESSLER • DR. LAUN

Lift the Burden

DentaCare Gives Me a Reason to Smile

“WHILE IT PAINS ME TO WATCH PEOPLE OPT OUT OF VISITING THEIR DENTIST, I UNDERSTAND SOME PATIENTS LITERALLY CAN’T AFFORD THE COSTS. INSTEAD OF ADDING TO THEIR STRESS BY GUILTING PATIENTS WHO ALREADY FIND THEMSELVES IN DIFFICULT CIRCUMSTANCES, I WANT TO HELP LIGHTEN THEIR BURDEN.”

Decades of public service campaigns and improved information have led to more people understanding the importance of dental care and oral hygiene. Even when news stories try to claim certain dental habits are “unscientific” — such as the Associated Press report on flossing last year — I still see many people continue to value the advice and trust the expertise of their dentists. Unfortunately, while most people know regular visits to the dentist are important, not everyone is able to commit to such habits. Only about 66 percent of people living in the United States have dental insurance, according to the National Association of Dental Plans (NADP). That means 114 million Americans are walking around without insurance, and they’re paying for it big time. On average, patients without dental insurance pay thousands more every year than patients with dental insurance — and that’s if they go to the dentist at all! More often than not, if someone doesn’t have dental insurance, they will avoid going to the dentist. This might keep some money in their pockets now, but treating the damage down the road can potentially cost far more than a dental checkup today, and that’s not addressing the health risks. Research from the NADP found that individuals who don’t have dental coverage of some sort are 67 percent more likely to have heart disease, 50 percent more likely to have osteoporosis, and 29 percent more likely to struggle with diabetes. While it pains me to watch people opt out of visiting their dentist, I understand some patients literally can’t afford the costs. Instead of adding to their stress by guilting patients who already find themselves in difficult circumstances, I want to help lighten their burden. This is why I’m proud to offer DentaCare, an in-house reduced-fee plan specially designed for our patients who need dental coverage.

Patients with a DentaCare Dental Plan save 20–50 percent on over 300 services we offer right here at the office. This includes everyday cleaning and crowns as well as more complicated and expensive services like dentures, cosmetic bonding, and even orthodontics. DentaCare is meant to make my patients’ lives easier, which means there’s no pre-authorization, no annual limits, and no waiting periods, exclusions, or restrictions. Individuals, large families, single parents, and even small businesses are eligible to start using DentaCare. As a dentist, I’m only able to do my job if my patients feel comfortable enough to sit in my chair. I want DentaCare to help my patients with financial hardships the same way sedation dentistry helps my patients with anxiety. We always see the best results when patients are able to enjoy their dental visits that much more.

– Dr. Vincent Monticciolo

RECEIVING DENTAL CARE SHOULDN’T BE DIFFICULT. * PHONE 813-DENTIST • 1

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