Share A Smile® Blog http://blog.smilegeneration.com Find a great dentist, orthodontist, pediatric specialist, periodontist or endodontist + health and wellness tips. Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:46:03 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.1 How to Save on Medical & Dental Treatment Costs With or Without Insurance http://blog.smilegeneration.com/ask-a-dentist/how-to-save-medical-dental-treatment-costs-without-insurance/ http://blog.smilegeneration.com/ask-a-dentist/how-to-save-medical-dental-treatment-costs-without-insurance/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 17:46:03 +0000 http://blog.smilegeneration.com/?p=2643 Learn why you should enroll into either an FSA or HSA account and discover other financial options that are available even if you don’t have insurance. By investing into any or all of these options, you can get access to the dental treatment you need without having to sacrifice your holiday budget! The holidays are […]

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Learn why you should enroll into either an FSA or HSA account and discover other financial options that are available even if you don’t have insurance. By investing into any or all of these options, you can get access to the dental treatment you need without having to sacrifice your holiday budget!

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The holidays are a favorite time for many of us, but they can also be quite stressful. Around mid-to-late October is when everyone starts thinking about their finances. There’s property taxes to pay, Thanksgiving holiday travel planning, Christmas shopping and more. It’s also open enrollment time at many companies that offer health insurance.

At The Smile Generation®, we like to think of medical insurance (especially dental benefits) as a lifesaver rather than a financial drowner. And with the right kind of knowledge, you can actually turn your insurance into something that helps you save more than just your health… you can actually save money, too!

HSA or FSA?

Does your insurance plan include either a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA)? Maybe your company offers both, but you are confused about which one to choose. Well, here’s where we can help you save more!

The main thing to remember is that both FSAs and HSAs allow you to stock away pretax dollars for any medical expenses. That’s a good thing for you whether or not you regularly see the doctor or dentist. By automatically putting money into either your FSA or HSA, you get to build up your savings AND reduce your taxable income.

Now, onto the differences…

HSA

To be eligible for an HSA, you must sign up with a high-deductible plan. You’ll get to use your HSA funds for any medical expenses (or you’ll have to pay a fee for a non-medical expense), and you’ll never lose your money even if you’re no longer contributing to the account. Sometimes, your employer will incentivize you to open an HSA account by contributing to it too.

FSA

FSAs are affiliated with an even higher-costing health plan, one with a higher premium and lower deductible than an HSA. You can’t contribute as much money into the FSA account as you can with an HSA, and the money does not roll over year to year. So unlike an HSA, you need to maximize the money you have in the account before it expires! An FSA is a great choice for people who have a clearer understanding of how much money to set aside every year for their medical expenses. Some employers offer a limited purpose FSA when they don’t offer dental or vision insurance as a way to help their employees save a little money.

Bottom Line

So, bottom line? An HSA offers more flexibility in that you never lose your money and can contribute more into it. An FSA is geared toward those who know exactly how much they want to put in and does expire every year. Both HSAs and FSAs are accessed with a debit card and offer pretax savings.

In addition to FSAs and HSAs, there are other ways you can save money on your dental costs. The most important thing, of course, is to actually take advantage of your insurance benefits before they expire.

Financial Plans

Need dental treatment, but don’t have dental insurance? The Smile Generation, in fact, offers two budget-friendly options that can help you save on dental treatments you need even if you don’t have dental insurance.

The My Smile Dental Plan™ is a discount dental plan that offers generous discounts on dental treatments. Some procedures like exams and X-rays are also offered for free. Members pay only one fee for the entire year, and there is no monthly premium.

Smile Generation Financial helps to significantly lower dental bills through affordable monthly payments.

To learn more about My Smile Dental Plan or Smile Generation Financial, visit SmileGeneration.com or ask your local Smile Generation-trusted dental office for more details.

Find a Smile Generation-trusted dentist near you at SmileGeneration.com and use your benefits before they expire!

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Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year! Food, family, friends, and more food…I mean, what more could you want?

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This year, I have decided to create a healthier version of some of my favorite Thanksgiving dishes. On the table for our “Healthy Thanksgiving Meal” will be…

  • Turkey
  • Thank God For Oats Stuffing
  • Gravy
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Mashed Sweet Potatoes
  • Healthy Mini Apple Pies

Turkey~

Easiest turkeys to buy are the ones with the instructions on the bag; they come with the temp gage that pops out when they are done!

Recipe:

1 turkey

2 apples chopped

1 large onion chopped

2 Tbs (or more) olive oil

Small handful of fresh sage

Salt and pepper to taste

Prepare turkey per instructions. Chop apples and onions and stuff turkey with them. This will add flavor and keep turkey moist. Brush top of turkey with olive oil, sprinkle salt and pepper, and you can lay the sage on top or put inside turkey as well, which ever you prefer! Cook turkey per instructions and enjoy!

Head to page 2 for the Stuffing recipe

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Braveheart 2014: Building Smiles Through Play and Donated Dentistry http://blog.smilegeneration.com/events/braveheart-building-smiles-play-donated-dentistry/ http://blog.smilegeneration.com/events/braveheart-building-smiles-play-donated-dentistry/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 22:25:31 +0000 http://blog.smilegeneration.com/?p=2653 Braveheart 2014: The Smile Generation®, in partnership with KaBOOM! and the PDS Serve Foundation™, helped to build two playgrounds in two different states and provided donated dentistry to patients in need. It was an exciting couple of weeks for us here at The Smile Generation. In the course of three weeks we built two playgrounds in […]

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Braveheart 2014: The Smile Generation®, in partnership with KaBOOM! and the PDS Serve Foundation™, helped to build two playgrounds in two different states and provided donated dentistry to patients in need.

Playground volunteers

It was an exciting couple of weeks for us here at The Smile Generation. In the course of three weeks we built two playgrounds in partnership with the nonprofit KaBOOM! organization, whose mission is to bring play to kids who need it most. Smile Generation-trusted clinicians and volunteers helped build playgrounds in Houston, Texas for the Houston CAN Academy and one in Inglewood, Calif. for the Environmental Charter Middle School.

There were over 400 volunteers for the two combined events, and we built both playgrounds in only one day! But that wasn’t all we did. In Houston on October 18, 2014, volunteers built two shade structures, eight picnic tables, four Mendocino benches, six garden beds, two art panels, two trash bins, created several beautiful landscapes, mixed and poured nearly 175 bags of concrete and moved 143 cubic yards of mulch! In Inglewood on November 1, 2014, volunteers built two shade structures, eight Mendocino benches, eight garden beds, four trash containers, created a paved pathway, mixed and poured nearly 175 bags of concrete and moved 150 cubic yards of mulch!

Building shade structure

And since The Smile Generation is all about connecting you with great dentists, we put them to good use, bringing smiles to those in need through donated dentistry.

In Houston, Smile Generation-trusted clinicians served over 70 patients at an onsite dental clinic with the PDS Serve Foundation Mobile Dental Clinic. More than $51,000 in donated dentistry was provided! In Inglewood, Smile Generation-trusted clinicians served over 115 patients and provided more than $62,000 in donated dentistry.

Doctors and donated dentistry

A big thank you to everyone who volunteered! I think Mother Theresa said it best when she said “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” 

Learn more about The Smile Generation’s charitable efforts.

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Share A Smile Sweepstakes – From Prevention Magazine & The Smile Generation http://blog.smilegeneration.com/events/promotions/share-smile-sweepstakes-prevention-magazine-smile-generation/ http://blog.smilegeneration.com/events/promotions/share-smile-sweepstakes-prevention-magazine-smile-generation/#comments Thu, 16 Oct 2014 20:37:40 +0000 http://blog.smilegeneration.com/?p=2619 The #ShareASmileSweepstakes from Prevention Magazine and The Smile Generation® runs from October 1, 2014 – November 30, 2014. Enter today for your chance to win amazing prizes in the Share A Smile Sweepstakes! Like us on Facebook! Follow us on Twitter! About The Smile Generation® The Smile Generation is a referral service for excellent dentists […]

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The #ShareASmileSweepstakes from Prevention Magazine and The Smile Generation® runs from October 1, 2014 – November 30, 2014.

Enter today for your chance to win amazing prizes in the Share A Smile Sweepstakes!

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About The Smile Generation®

The Smile Generation is a referral service for excellent dentists committed to modern dentistry and patients’ happiness. The Smile Generation connects patients with great dentists dedicated to delivering on the Right Fit® promise: providing an exceptional patient experience and advanced clinical care. The Smile Generation family is made up of over 400 dental offices throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. Smile Generation-trusted offices are supported by Pacific Dental Services®.

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Smile Generation Serve Day: 2,000 Patients Served and $3.1 Million in Donated Dentistry Provided http://blog.smilegeneration.com/charity-2/we-serve/smile-generation-serve-day-2000-patients-seen-3-1-million-donated-dentistry-provided/ http://blog.smilegeneration.com/charity-2/we-serve/smile-generation-serve-day-2000-patients-seen-3-1-million-donated-dentistry-provided/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 21:56:54 +0000 http://blog.smilegeneration.com/?p=2606 Smile Generation®-trusted clinicians served patients during the Fourth Annual Smile Generation Serve Day. More than 345 Smile Generation-trusted dental offices featuring more than 500 Smile Generation-trusted clinicians served their local communities on August 23, 2014, by participating in the fourth annual Smile Generation Serve Day. The clinicians and dental care teams provided donated dentistry to community members who […]

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Smile Generation®-trusted clinicians served patients during the Fourth Annual Smile Generation Serve Day.

Walnut Smiles team circle

The team from Smile Generation®-trusted Walnut Smiles Dentistry and Orthodontics

More than 345 Smile Generation-trusted dental offices featuring more than 500 Smile Generation-trusted clinicians served their local communities on August 23, 2014, by participating in the fourth annual Smile Generation Serve Day. The clinicians and dental care teams provided donated dentistry to community members who would not otherwise have access to dental care, and were able to help more than 2,000 people during this charitable community event.

The dental offices teamed up with local organizations and community partners, such as youth centers, nonprofit organizations and churches, to identify individuals that were in need of basic dental care.

“It’s amazing what can be accomplished when people come together for one common goal. Serving others really is at the heart of The Smile Generation,” said Kyle Guerin, We Serve Manager.

Forney Modern Dentistry team

The team at Smile Generation®-trusted Forney Modern Dentistry and Orthodontics

One single mother had not been to the dentist in more than 10 years. The team at Smile Generation-trusted Issaquah Highlands Dental Group in Issaquah, Wash. completed scaling and root planing on her — a procedure that typically costs about $1,200. “She was very emotional,” Manager Ashley Deitch said. “It was her birthday the following week, and she said this was the best birthday present that she had ever received.”

Patients received everything from cleanings, exams, and Digital X-rays to extractions, implants and restorations.

At Smile Generation-trusted Falcon Park Dental Group in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Dr. Ashley Spooner and her assistants completed a full mouth CEREC® rehabilitation with 22 crowns, six veneers, and two root canals. A young girl starting her senior year of high school had come to the office in tears because she was getting made fun of at school due to a myriad of oral health issues. Her parents wanted so badly to help her but they did not have the money for the long list of treatments needed. Dr. Spooner elected to treat her for Smile Generation Serve Day and after 15 hours and $35,000 in donated dentistry, she has a new smile and a new beginning as she continues to grow into a beautiful, confident young woman.

Smile Generation Serve Day was supported in part by Henry Schein® Dental. Henry Schein is the largest provider of health care products and services to office-based practitioners.

About The Smile Generation®

The Smile Generation is a referral service for excellent dentists committed to modern dentistry and patients’ happiness. The Smile Generation connects patients with great dentists dedicated to delivering on the Right Fit® promise: providing an exceptional patient experience and advanced clinical care. The Smile Generation family is made up of over 400 dental offices throughout Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, New Mexico, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington. Smile Generation-trusted offices are supported by Pacific Dental Services®.

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by Dr. Ashley Spooner

A true story from Smile Generation Serve Day: Dr. Ashley Spooner of Smile Generation®-trusted Falcon Park Dental Group in Highlands Ranch, Colo. recounts the story of how she and her office staff helped to change the life of a teenage patient through honesty, patience and an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime chance to receive complimentary dental work.

It is never easy to have to deliver difficult news to a patient, to tell someone something that they are not prepared to hear. This past April, I had one of these days. A 17-year-old girl who is getting ready to start her senior year in high school entered my office with her parents. They came to me looking for a second opinion because they wanted their daughter to have a camera-ready smile for her senior pictures. Her prior dentist had recommended veneers and the family was very concerned about the cost of this treatment, but remained hopeful that something similar could be done. After having closely examined her Digital X-rays, I knew that our conversation was going to be much different, and I had a big decision to make as to how to break the news to her and her family.

The patient was in need of much more work than had previously been advised. She had numerous cavities, periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, and the possibility of multiple root canals and maybe a tooth or two needing to be pulled. Her smile was going to require much more than veneers, in fact the total treatment needed would ultimately cost $35,000! Her parents wanted so badly to help her but they did not have the finances available to do so. After a brief moment of reflection, I decided to take on her case for Smile Generation Serve Day, a day when Smile Generation-trusted dentists nationwide perform free dental work for those in need.

Falcon Park Dental Group team

With the help of my amazing team at Falcon Park Dental Group, we completed a full-mouth CEREC® rehabilitation consisting of 22 crowns, six veneers, and two root canals. The entire procedure took 15 hours to complete, but it was worth every moment of effort. This young girl, who was starting her senior year of high school and came to the office in tears because she was getting made fun of at school, is now a confident, proud young woman with a beautiful smile.

New smile

Dr. Ashley Spooner is the owner dentist at Smile Generation-trusted Falcon Park Dental Group9579 S University Blvd, Ste 400 A, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126. 303-683-5091

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The Alarming Effects of Gum Disease on Women’s Health http://blog.smilegeneration.com/health-and-fitness/alarming-effects-gum-disease-on-womens-health/ http://blog.smilegeneration.com/health-and-fitness/alarming-effects-gum-disease-on-womens-health/#comments Mon, 18 Aug 2014 21:03:14 +0000 http://blog.smilegeneration.com/?p=2577 by Jaclyn Taroc The Alarming Effects of Gum Disease on Women’s Health Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious bacterial infection beneath the gum line that cannot be brushed or flossed away. Warning signs of gum disease can include: gums that bleed during brushing or flossing; red, swollen or tender gums; gums […]

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by Jaclyn Taroc

The Alarming Effects of Gum Disease on Women’s Health

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a serious bacterial infection beneath the gum line that cannot be brushed or flossed away. Warning signs of gum disease can include: gums that bleed during brushing or flossing; red, swollen or tender gums; gums that pull away from teeth; persistent bad breath; pus between teeth and gums; and loose or separated teeth.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 47.2 percent of American adults over the age of 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease. The numbers are even more alarming for adults over the age of 65, with 70 percent of this population experiencing gum disease. That’s 64.7 million adults 30 years and older who are currently living with gum disease. Many of you may have gum disease, and you might not even know it. The only way to tell for sure is by going to the dentist regularly and faithfully undergoing your cleanings, exams and Digital X-rays.

Effects of Gum Disease on Women's Health

Gum Disease: From Puberty to Pregnancy to Menopause

Gum disease can strike any woman and at different ages and stages of life. During puberty, an increase in sex hormones causes a woman’s gums to swell. Swollen gums are more sensitive to foods and particles that cannot be brushed away, which leads to even more swelling. Without treatment, the surrounding bone and tissue around the teeth will become damaged. Even during menstruation, the beginning signs of gum disease show up as gingivitis. It’s quite common for many women to experience sore or bleeding gums before their period begins. These symptoms usually diminish when menstruation does occur.

More alarming is gum disease’s apparent impact on pregnancy. A pregnant woman with gum disease is seven to eight times more likely to give birth prematurely to low birth-weight babies. Researchers believe that gum disease causes the body to release inflammatory chemicals linked to pre-term births. The American Academy of Periodontology recommends that women considering becoming pregnant have a periodontal evaluation.

Women taking oral contraceptives are also susceptible to bleeding gums, so it’s important to notify your dentist if you are taking the pill in case he or she prescribes something to you. Even menopausal or post-menopausal women are at risk of experiencing changes in their mouth. Many menopausal or post-menopausal women complain about dry mouth or pain and burning sensations in the gum tissue. They may also experience a change in their taste buds. Menopausal gingivostomatitis is another condition to watch out for during menopause. Symptoms include dry or shiny gums that easily bleed and are abnormally pale or deep red.

Regular dentist appointments are essential for every woman. As you age, your body and your oral health will change, and only a dentist or periodontist will be able to identify why your gums are bleeding and how to alleviate the problem. Common procedures to manage periodontal disease include scaling and root planing, often referred to as a deep cleaning, laser therapy or even gum surgery. The effects of gum disease on women’s health are real and early detection is key, so find a reliable dentist who you can trust.

Find a qualified, affordable, Smile Generation®-trusted dentist or periodontist near you today!

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Serving is Better than Receiving – Donated Dentistry Fiji 2014 http://blog.smilegeneration.com/charity-2/we-serve/donated-dentistry-serving-fiji-2014/ http://blog.smilegeneration.com/charity-2/we-serve/donated-dentistry-serving-fiji-2014/#comments Tue, 05 Aug 2014 17:51:59 +0000 http://blog.smilegeneration.com/?p=2546 by Rachael Parker The Smile Generation® returned to Fiji for the fourth straight year to serve those in need with donated dental services Bula! (“Greetings and continued good health” in Fijian) In late July 2014, three Smile Generation-trusted dentists, Dr. Carlos Compean of Triangle Dental Group and Orthodontics, Dr. Amy Younger of Las Tiendas Dental Group and […]

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by Rachael Parker

The Smile Generation® returned to Fiji for the fourth straight year to serve those in need with donated dental services

Mission at Natuvu Creek team volunteers

Bula! (“Greetings and continued good health” in Fijian)

In late July 2014, three Smile Generation-trusted dentists, Dr. Carlos Compean of Triangle Dental Group and Orthodontics, Dr. Amy Younger of Las Tiendas Dental Group and Dr. Mitchell Rosen of Arbors Modern Dentistry, in addition to registered dental hygienist Lency Burns of Cottonwood Modern Dentistry and myself, packed our bags to travel to the rural Fiji islands. Dental care in Fiji is available at the clinic – only by volunteer clinicians – and The Smile Generation team was one of only three volunteer groups visiting Fiji in 2014. We spent four days at the Mission at Natuvu Creek dental clinic providing donated dentistry to over 200 patients in need and doing everything we could to help the local people.

Rachael Parker with young Fijian patient

This was my second mission trip back to Fiji, and I didn’t expect the culture to strike me quite as much as it did the first time. Yet, I found myself again in awe of the authentic and unending joy of the Fijian people. They have little in the way of material possessions, but their bounty overflows in other ways and they consistently express how grateful they are for their blessings. Needless to say, myself and the team loved spending time with these wonderful people.

Approximately 1/3 out of the 200 patients served had never visited a dentist before. The Mission explains that specialized care is often not available or accessible to many Fijians for geographical and or financial reasons. The result is many Fijians suffer from debilitating, but treatable infections of the mouth, face, jaw, or throat, abscessed teeth and rampant decay, which can also lead to overall health complications. Our team provided restorative treatments and extractions in addition to cleanings and basic exams; learning some Fijian dental terms along the way: dalaga (open), qanu (numb), katia (bite) and kasivi (spit). The team also had a great time with their hosts outside of the clinic, participating in some fun activities with the locals: hiking, kayaking, volleyball and of course opening coconuts with a machete, which is common throughout the islands.

Dr. Mitchell Rosen with Fiji patients

Dr. Rosen believes the people who benefited most from the trip were really the volunteers themselves.

“We were all overtaken by the appreciation of these people and the unending generosity of the mission there. What they’ve built there is truly extraordinary. We will all return with a new perspective on life and how incredibly lucky we are both in our professional and in our personal lives.”

RDH Lency Burns

Lency agrees,

“When volunteering your time and services, especially in another part of the world, you expect it to have an impact on your life. This trip far exceeded any expectations that I had. Serving the wonderful and friendly people of Fiji allowed me to gain a whole new perspective on life even beyond the clinical aspects of this trip. It’s an amazing thing to start out by doing good for others, and at the end of it all realize that they have actually helped you in ways you never knew.”

I can safely say we all returned home feeling more fulfilled and blessed due to the generous and loving nature of the local people.

Bula!

Read about past serve Fiji trips:

Smile Generation Serve Fiji 2013

Smile Generation Serve Fiji 2012

Smile Generation Serve Fiji 2011

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Tooth Truths about the Tooth Fairy http://blog.smilegeneration.com/ask-a-dentist/tooth-truths-tooth-fairy/ http://blog.smilegeneration.com/ask-a-dentist/tooth-truths-tooth-fairy/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:59:40 +0000 http://blog.smilegeneration.com/?p=2532 Learn the origins of the Tooth Fairy and just how much the average American baby tooth is worth according to today’s parents.  by Jaclyn Taroc The mystery of the origin of the tooth fairy has baffled many Americans for years. Even the American Dental Association was once at a loss as to where the Tooth […]

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Learn the origins of the Tooth Fairy and just how much the average American baby tooth is worth according to today’s parents. 

by Jaclyn Taroc

Boy with Tooth fairy $5

The mystery of the origin of the tooth fairy has baffled many Americans for years. Even the American Dental Association was once at a loss as to where the Tooth Fairy came from. Just why were American children being encouraged to leave their lost baby teeth under the pillow in exchange for money? To many outsiders, this would seem a very odd tradition.

In the 1970s, Northwestern University Dental School professor Rosemary Wells tried to crack this mystery. She discovered that our Tooth Fairy is actually a unique blend of two international figures: the Russian/French/New Zealand/Mexican mouse that traditionally does the tooth-for-cash exchange and the beloved European fairy who makes wishes come true. An interesting fact is that parents actually prayed to the former mouse in hopes that he would help their children grow equally strong rodent teeth.

But why would we need a Tooth Fairy in the first place? Wells attributes that losing a tooth is a traumatic experience for any child; exchanging money for a new gap in a little one’s smile is a way of softening the experience. Children are also taught the value of money as it is a distinctly American tradition to reward each tooth loss, rather than just the first one.

It’s probably not surprising then that The Tooth Fairy is not going anywhere soon. According to Well’s survey, 97% of parents hold positive or neutral feelings toward her. A recent Visa® Tooth Fairy survey also found that the going rate per tooth is more than $3.70, which is up 23% from 2012, and 42% up from 2011.

We at The Smile Generation® did our own 2014 Tooth Fairy Facebook poll to see how much money our fans are leaving behind for their children’s teeth – they reported $5 as the average going rate. That’s around 35% higher than reported in Visa’s study.  To participate in future polls, giveaways and sweepstakes follow The Smile Generation Facebook page.

 

Image courtesy of Visa, Inc.

Image courtesy of Visa, Inc.

 

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The Smile Generation® Sponsors Michael Lewis Racing http://blog.smilegeneration.com/events/promotions/smile-generation-sponsors-michael-lewis-racing/ http://blog.smilegeneration.com/events/promotions/smile-generation-sponsors-michael-lewis-racing/#comments Thu, 03 Jul 2014 17:20:45 +0000 http://blog.smilegeneration.com/?p=2521 The Smile Generation is proud to announce the sponsorship of Michael James Lewis and the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 for the 2014 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Michael, a Laguna Beach, Calif. native, is an up-and-comer on the Platinum Class circuit and has been steadily rising in the ranks, currently sitting third in the points […]

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The Smile Generation is proud to announce the sponsorship of Michael James Lewis and the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 for the 2014 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

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Michael James Lewis – Race Car Driver

Michael, a Laguna Beach, Calif. native, is an up-and-comer on the Platinum Class circuit and has been steadily rising in the ranks, currently sitting third in the points standings. He has competed in numerous racing circuits, including Formula 3, Formula BMW, Ford Focus Midgets, Touring Cars, Late Model Stock Cars, Quarter Midgets and Go-Karts.

“Having Michael represent The Smile Generation is an exciting partnership opportunity, especially since this is our first time at the racetrack. The Smile Generation already sponsors many minor and major league baseball teams, as well as professional soccer, hockey and basketball squads. It’s exciting to be a part of a sport with such a devoted fanbase. We want everyone to know that The Smile Generation is committed to helping you find an affordable, trustworthy and respected dentist near you,” said Danielle Hawkins, Smile Generation Media Buyer.

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Michael Lewis in his #98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911

You can spot The Smile Generation’s familiar yellow “smile” logo on Michael’s Porsche race car, fireproof Stand 21 racing suit and Bell helmet as he competes for the top position in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge.

Visit the website for Michael James Lewis Racing for more information.

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