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Advantica Names James Scheib as Vice President of Sales

Advantica Names James Scheib as Vice President of Sales

St. Louis, Mo. (Aug. 26, 2014) … Advantica is pleased to announce that James W. Scheib, Jr., of Tampa, Fla., has been Headshot_Jim Scheibnamed vice president of sales for the dental and vision benefits provider. In this capacity, Scheib will oversee the sales and account management of the company’s dental and vision commercial products.

Scheib brings with him nearly three decades of sales and marketing experience…

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Advantica Names Edward Pattarozzi as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Advantica Names Edward Pattarozzi as Chief Sales and Marketing Officer

Edward Pattarozzi_headshotSt. Louis, Mo. (Aug. 22, 2014) … Advantica is pleased to announce that Edward Pattarozzi, of Prairie du Sac, Wis., has been named the new chief sales and marketing officer for the dental and vision benefits provider.

Pattarozzi brings with him nearly three decades of sales and marketing experience, most recently serving as the vice president of sales and marketing for Dean Health Plan, a…

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Back to School Smiles!

It’s time for the kids to go back to school and while you’ve probably gone down the checklist of school supplies and taken care of the required physical exam, did you remember to schedule a visit with the dentist?

According to the United States Department of Health and Human Services, students lose more than 51 million school hours every year because of illnesses related to dental problems. Advantica dental plans include two dental cleanings every year. Give your child an advantage and schedule an appointment today. Visit the Advantica Dental Provider Search to find a participating dentist near you.

It’s summer: Take a vacation – but not from good oral care
July is the time of year when families head to vacation destinations for a change of scenery. Whether you’re relaxing on a beach and swimming in the Gulf or whitewater rafting and camping in the Rockies, your daily routine is likely to be disrupted. That’s all part of the fun of vacationing – having flexibility with your sleep schedule, eating out at restaurants and going on sightseeing adventures. However, in the midst of all the fun, it is important to maintain a normal dental care routine.

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Most dentists – and WebMD’s suggestions for best oral care practices – say people should brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss once each day. It’s important to brush your teeth first thing in the morning and before going to bed at night. It might be difficult to maintain this habit if your night is spent dancing in a beach cabana resort while sipping on tasty Mai Tais. But even neglecting good oral care practices for a few days can damage your chops – or lead to bad breath. So, if you find it hard to maintain a proper dental care routine while on vacation, here are some tips:
  • Bring plenty of travel-sized oral care products – This includes toothpaste, floss and mouthwash. Make sure the toothpaste contains fluoride and look for brands approved by the American Dental Association. Fluoride in toothpaste is important all the time, but it is especially important when you are traveling as fluoride content in water varies from region to region.
  • Set reminders – One way to remind yourself to brush your teeth at night is to set a reminder on your phone. If you know you’re going to be out late, set an alarm to go off about the time you plan on heading back to your to your hotel.
  • Eat wisely – While on vacation, you will likely eat out more than you usually do. However, remember that sugary foods help plaque grow. If you find you’ll be snacking often, try to eat fiber-rich fruits and veggies, which stimulate saliva – your mouth’s natural defense against plaque.
  • Rinse your mouth out – Keep some travel-sized mouth wash in your beach bag or travel pack and rinse after eating. This will help remove food particles when you are on the go.
  • Pack sugarless gum - After eating a big meal or enjoying a sugary beverage, pop in a piece of sugarless gum. Sugarless gum can be a quick fix when you can’t brush your teeth or floss right away, as it triggers salivary flow, helps clear food stuck in teeth and removes plaque.
  • Drink plenty of water – Staying hydrated is crucial to your overall health and dental health. You don’t want your mouth to become too dry, which can happen if you become dehydrated. A dry mouth, which means lack of saliva, promotes tooth decay.

The above tips are useful all the time, but they will especially come in handy when on vacation. Have safe and happy travels this summer, and come back with big, healthy smiles!

2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Cataract Awareness

2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Cataract Awareness

What You Need to Know

Because cataracts are the principal cause of blindness in the world, it’s important for everyone to understand what a cataract is and how it can be treated. A cataract is a medical condition in which the eye’s lens clouds and causes blurred vision or complete vision loss. There are many misconceptions about cataracts, including who the condition affects and when surgery is…

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2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Oral Cancer Awareness

Kick the Habit Research clearly indicates that tobacco users are more likely to develop oral cancer than those who don’t use tobacco.

2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Oral Cancer Awareness

Kick the Habit Research clearly indicates that tobacco users are more likely to develop oral cancer than those who don’t use tobacco.

2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Workplace Eye Wellness

2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Workplace Eye Wellness

Could you be suffering from Computer Vision Syndrome?

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March is Workplace Eye Wellness Month, a great reminder that your eyes can be vulnerable to many different elements found in the workplace. One major cause of concern is Computer Vision Syndrome (CVS) which, according to Cornell University, is the number one cause of complaints from office workers. The American Optometric Association…

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2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Children’s Dental HealthPutting your Kids on the Path to Good Oral Health  
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2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Children’s Dental Health

Putting your Kids on the Path to Good Oral Health  

According to the United States Department of…

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2014 Health Observances Blog Series: GlaucomaThe Sneak Thief of Sight
January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Currently, 2.7 million…View Post

2014 Health Observances Blog Series: Glaucoma

The Sneak Thief of Sight

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month. Currently, 2.7 million…

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