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Defining Common Dental Insurance Terms

The terminology insurance companies use can be confusing. Like reading a contract to lease a car, sometimes these terms are meant to be confusing. The more you read that you don’t understand, the more likely you are to agree to whatever they say. Most employers aren’t making it easier to understand either. Rather than enrolling employees in a traditional insurance plan, most employers have turned to managed care health insurance plans.

People should understand basic insurance terms so they can make informed decisions about their health. That is why we decided enough is enough with the insurance nonsense and we’ve defined four commonly misunderstood and confusing insurance terms.

 

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1) Deductible. The deductible is simply the amount of money you must meet by paying out of your own pocket for dental services that will be covered by insurance before your insurance company will pay for any expenses. Depending on your insurance, this could be a high ($5,000-$10,000) or low ( $500-$1,000) deductible.

 

2) Copay. Once your insurance is covering your dental services, you may need to make a co-payment, or copay for services received. The copay amount can vary based on the type of covered dental services provided.

 
3) Premium. The premium is an amount the insured pays periodically to the insurance company for covering his/her risk. Your dental insurer just can’t take your word for it that you brush 2-3 times a day and floss. Even if you do, you’re covering yourself for the unexpected, a root canal for example. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!

 
4) Coinsurance. Coinsurance and co-payment are easily confused. If the dental insurance’s allowed amount for a dental visit is $100 and you've met your deductible, your coinsurance payment of 20% would be $20. Your dental insurance pays the rest of the allowed amount.

If you have additional questions regarding your dental insurance, please feel free to call the Robison Dental Group in Mesa, AZ @ 480-924-2300 or visit our website @ http://www.drrobison.com/about-us/

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July 1st Is National Ice Cream Day!

July 1st Is National Ice Cream Day!

TODAY IS CREATIVE ICE CREAM DAY!
The natural creativity of human beings finds expression through many forms such as painting, poetry, music and…. Ice cream flavors. The selection of available flavors boggles the mind and often stretches the bounds of believability. From fish flavored varieties to ice cream made from goat’s milk, the options for satisfying your ice cream craving seem endless. Haagen-Daz announces new flavors and types of ice cream every year, and there are many local boutique ice cream shops with their own unique flavors. Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day celebrates all the crazy flavors that have been invented over the years and even those which have yet to come to light!

Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day History
How did Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day come about? This is a good question, and one for which we don’t have a definite answer. The likelihood is that the origins of the day rest in the hands of the ice cream makers themselves, who hoped to inspire more business and creativity!

Another possibility is that a few intrepid ice cream experimentalists got together to see what their combined enjoyment for ice cream could uncover in regards to undiscovered flavors. Vanilla alone is no longer interesting enough, how about we throw pickles in there? Maybe they dared each on to greater and crazier feats of ice cream creation, throwing in any errant ingredient which came to hand. Whatever the truth, ice cream is certainly rich with opportunities!

Celebrating Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day
There are numerous ways to celebrate Creative Ice Cream Flavors Day! One might go out and explore an ice cream shop, perusing the flavors for something exotic, unusual, or simply untried. Some flavors to search for and consider: Smoked Chocolate and Tequila, Duck Fat and Caramel Joy Sauce, Sichuan Pepper and that’s just a start!

If riding someone else’s creative coat tails doesn’t suit your fancy (or maybe the crazy flavors you find don’t jive with your sensibilities) feel free to create your own! Maybe start with a base of vanilla and add unique toppings to taste. Or dust off the ice cream maker that’s been lying dormant in the garage and mix up your own concoction of cream and flavorful goodness, whether it’s avocados, anchovies, or eccentric berries and fruit it’s sure to be in the spirit of the day!

Another possibility is to hold a Cultural Favorite Ice Cream Party, wherein you invite your friends over to try out some cultural flavors. Japanese Ice cream may beat all for out and out weird flavors. The Japanese love two things: seafood and green tea, so it is no surprise that both have ended up in their ice cream. You could challenge your friends to try some shrimp ice cream or, if that fails to impress them, serve up some python flavor. If that doesn’t stop them then bring out the jellyfish ice cream you’ve been saving just for this day. These are all real flavors hailing from the minds of Japanese ice cream culture.

However you choose to enjoy it, the bounds of ice cream creativity are sure to be stretched to new limits, and your enjoyment and appreciation of this beloved food item will no doubt increase!

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2015 MAKE MUSIC DAY

 

make music dayTODAY IS MAKE MUSIC DAY!

It's hard to imagine any culture where music doesn’t play a vital role. The benefits of music for the human soul are intangible, but they are immense. Music opens up new worlds for people. It can be used to tell stories, to inspire, or to help people relax. On Make Music Day, people all around the world come together to celebrate the incredible power of music.

The perfect way to celebrate this day is to make your own music, by yourself or with friends. You don’t have to be a musician, because anyone can make music. If you have children, they will love something as simple as banging on pots and pans and singing. If you can’t play an instrument, you can get together for a night of karaoke with friends. And even if you have no musical talent whatsoever, you can spend the day listening to your favorite songs. The great thing about music is that it’s for everyone.

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TODAY IS SMILE POWER DAY

 

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Smile Power Day is the perfect excuse to shine your pearly whites and show off those dimples. And no, a smiley face or an emoticon won’t do! Not today, at least. The smile is a symbol of happiness and vitality, a beacon of hope and an expression of emotion. So just for today, drop the ‘:)’ texts and flash them a real smile.

Nobody knows who came up with the idea of dedicating a whole 24 hours to the involuntary contraction of the zygomatic major muscle, but one thing is certain: we’re the only creatures on the planet that can do it.
Whether fate smiled upon you or not, you can always find a good reason to smile. So grin from ear to ear, look on the bright side and smile your troubles away, just like the great Dr. Seuss suggested: “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”

Smile Power Day is meant to be shared with loved ones. You can take them all out to a stand-up show, put together an organized smile-off, eat smiley-glazed cupcakes, drink some Smile Cocktails, and paint smileys everywhere because everyone and his brother loves them. Most importantly, when you crack a smile today, remember that it’s not Smile Power Day unless you can put a smile one someone else’s face, too.

Robison Dental Group, provides unsurpassed dental service in Mesa, AZ. We are a family-oriented, private dental practice with a soothing atmosphere. Convenient hours and location, catering to all ages! Call 480-924-2300 or visit our website @ http://www.drrobison.com/service/general-dental-services/ for an appointment today!

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Tooth-Colored Restorations

We have placed tooth-colored restorations, also known as “white fillings”, in your teeth. They are a metal-free option for tooth restoration. We use only the finest and most up-to-date materials available today. The resin material used is a composite with small "filler" particles of glass-like material- that bonds to the tooth and helps prevent fracturing of the tooth which can occur with typical amalgam “silver fillings”. Your restorations can serve you well for several years as long as you adhere to the following...
Chewing: Avoid chewing excessively hard foods on the restored teeth (hard candy, ice, raw carrots, shelled nuts, etc.) because extreme force can cause the resin material to be broken from the tooth- just as it can on a natural tooth. In the event that a breakage does occur, contact Dr. Gary A. Robison, for an easy replacement.
Recalls: Often, problems that develop around the restorations can be detected at an early stage and repaired easily. Waiting longer than the recommended six-months between exams may require redoing the entire restoration and may void our warranty. Visit us at regular six-month examination periods to avoid unnecessary dental work.
Preventative
Procedures: To avoid future dental decay and provide the optimal permanency for your restorations, please adhere to the following preventative procedures:
• Routinely brush and floss after eating and before bedtime.
• Use a recommended fluoride rinse daily and swish vigorously for a minimum of 30 seconds.
• Use the fluoride gel that was prescribed by our office.
• Use the Sonicare toothbrush as recommended by us.
We assure you, we’ve done our best to provide you with the finest, high-quality tooth-colored restoration available. With your continued care and concern, you can assure a successful, long-term restoration. Please call us @ 480-924-2300, if you notice any change with your restoration, or if you have any questions.

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Mesa Family Dentist Serving the City of Mesa For over 30 Years

City of Mesa

The Robison Dental Group is proud to serve the diverse population of Mesa. Following Phoenix and Tucson, Mesa is the third largest city in Arizona and the 38th largest city in the US with over 450,000 people. Mesa Community College, Northern Arizona University Mesa Campus, Wilkes University, Benedictine University at Mesa, Albright College , Upper Iowa University, and the Polytechnic campus of Arizona State University also call Mesa home.

 
Whether catering to students or staff of the many colleges and universities, large employers like Banner Health Systems and The Boeing Company, new or long-time residents, Robison Dental Group offers new patient discounts, and time sensitive appointment scheduling to fit around your active lifestyle. After all, Mesa provides the advantages of a thriving metropolis by offering many recreational, business, and educational opportunities. Enjoying the very best amenities, residents can make the most of a variety of sports facilities, a multitude of parks within walking distance, top-rated golf links designed by PGA pros, Chicago Cubs spring training baseball, and an assortment of special events and community festivals all while enjoying the feel of a comfortable suburb.

 
Mesa is among the fastest-growing cities in the United States, in large part because of the excellent climate and strong local economy, which boasts several of the country's top manufacturers. No matter where you work or what you do for fun, Robison Dental Group has you covered. We currently accept the following dental insurance providers: Aetna, Banner Health Indemnity Plans, City of Mesa, Cigna, all indemnity plans, Boeing Washington Dental Service, and Delta Dental Premier Plan.

 
Remember, good dental care should be included into your busy Mesa lifestyle. Good self-care, which includes brushing with fluoride toothpaste, daily flossing, and professional treatment, is key to good oral health. Robison Dental Group can help by providing dental checkups, cleanings, x-rays, tooth colored fillings, 24-hour emergency dental care, dental bonding, and dental implants.

 
As you can see, Mesa, AZ is a great place to work and play and Robison Dental Group is the right place for your oral healthcare needs. For additional information about Robison Dental Group, please visit our site. To learn more about the great city of Mesa, please click here.

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