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A Rearview Mirror Glimpse at 2014

Dec 29, 2014

By Dean George

2014 Year in Review

If you ignore most world news and the fact Chicago the band has again been snubbed for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, 2014 has been a good year.

Hundreds of you have purchased plans through Dental Insurance Store and are now getting help with your oral health needs. We have proven to be a convenient and popular means for people to purchase dental insurance, and we’re eagerly anticipating offering new plans and carriers in 2015.

But before we get too far ahead of ourselves, here’s a look back at some ho-ho-ho’s and did you knows from 2014’s Agent Straight-Talk:

George Washington is known for lots of things, just a few being the Commander of the Continental Army and America’s first Commander-in-Chief. Washington is also known as the unofficial Commodore of the brave “naval armada” that surprised the British 238 years ago Christmas Eve, crossing the Delaware River to wish them a Merry Christmas sans the Figgie pudding.

Washington is also mistakenly known for wearing wooden teeth, but that’s just a rumor – probably started by a former political opponent. Unfortunately Washington did suffer from serious oral health issues, which was the subject of a post July1:

Founding Father and Dental Poster Child

This early 19th century sports hero was a legend on the ball diamond and for living life as hard as he played. Well known for his love of cigars and alcohol, doctors struggled in 1946 to diagnose the mysterious cause of his facial discomfort and why his once booming voice had grown harsh and raspy.

After two earlier diagnoses turned out to be wrong, a third advising him he had throat cancer was close – but no cigar, so to speak. The nasopharyngeal cancer September’s subject had is so rare, only seven in one million people get it.

What fewer people knew until recently, thanks to the efforts of a New York dentist, was how Babe Ruth was the first human subject to undergo what is known today as chemotherapy:

A Hero On the Field, A Surprise Hero Off It

It’s been said, “You are what you eat,” or in what is sometimes the case with eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, what you don’t eat. One in seven American girls suffer from anorexia, while others suffer from other eating disorders like bulimia nervosa or binge eating.

Tooth decay is common in those wrestling with any of these eating disorders, and in our Back to School series in August, we explained why.

How Eating Disorders Hurt Oral Health

What child doesn’t love playing hide-and-seek? As Felicia wrote about in June, somewhere between childhood and adulthood our earlier fascination with hidden things changes when we learn how the game is played as adults with caveats like “fine print” and disclaimers.

Like any type of insurance, there are nuances to dental insurance and Felicia explains certain ones to look for when choosing a plan that is best for you.

Dental Cost Hide & Seek

As you may recall, 2014 was an election year and in the spirit of the occasion Dental Insurance Store hosted an impromptu debate of four candidates vying for VIPP, or Very Important Part of a Plan.  In this amiable but feisty debate, candidates Preventive Care, Compare Plans Carefully, Network and Two-for-One made their case to readers as to why they are the most important consideration when choosing a dental plan.

Welcome to the 2014 Dental Plan Debates

Did you know that Halloween is second only to Christmas as the second highest grossing holiday in retail sales? And that doesn’t include the cost of the inevitable cavities to kids’ teeth after scarfing all those sour candies and gummi bears!

What we didn’t know was how far back in world history the tradition of trick-or-treating goes as we learned in this October post:

Souling, Guising and Trick or Treating

We hope you’ve enjoyed reading Agent Straight-Talk in 2014 as much as we have writing it. As we prepare to turn the page on this year and start a whole new chapter in 2015, we invite you to check back in January as we explore exciting new developments in oral health, dental technology and insurance solutions.

All of us at Dental Insurance Store wish you and yours Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year. If you’re not already following us, here’s a suggested New Year’s resolution: follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and LinkedIn.

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