All posts by Matt Wilkes

What Is Considered a Dental Emergency?

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | 1 Comment

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, dental offices have been among the many businesses impacted. While some have temporarily closed, many are still seeing patients for emergencies only. You can probably guess that a tooth stain doesn’t constitute a dental emergency, but what does warrant calling...

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How Tech Helps Brokers Make the Most of Working From Home

By Matt Wilkes | Brokers, Technology, Working From Home | No Comments

Many insurance brokers incorporate technology into their businesses to stay competitive in an increasingly digital world. The importance of tech is being put to the test with the COVID-19 pandemic. With people across the world forced to work from home, brokers using digital tools are...

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Amalgam vs. Composite Fillings: Which Is Right for You?

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | No Comments

Nobody wants to have a cavity. But when you’re proactive about getting treatment after noticing signs of tooth decay, there are effective options for treating it! Fillings are the treatment of choice for most small- to medium-sized cavities. They can restore a tooth’s normal function, strength,...

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5 Potential Signs You Have a Cavity

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | No Comments

Over 80% of Americans have at least one cavity by the time they turn 34 years old1. If that statistic sounds alarming, you can take some solace in knowing that tooth decay is avoidable with preventative dental care. It’s also very treatable with early identification and diagnosis. However, many...

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How Staying In-Network With Beam Helps You Save Money

By Matt Wilkes | Dental Insurance, Dental Benefits, Members | 2 Comments

When you schedule an appointment with your dental provider, one of your first questions will probably be: “How much will it cost?” We get it, and we’re here to help you understand your dental benefits a little bit better.

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What to Expect During a Dental Cleaning

By Matt Wilkes | Dental Health | No Comments

You’ve heard the standard recommendation before: visit the dentist two times a year for routine exams and cleanings. But if you’re someone who hasn’t seen a dentist in a long time — whether due to your schedule, dental anxiety, cost, or another reason — you may wonder what to expect before...

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5 Tips for Taking Care of Your Toothbrush

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | 2 Comments

Your toothbrush helps you take care of your teeth by removing harmful, cavity-causing plaque. But your brush needs proper care, too, to do its job effectively. Maintaining your brush will maximize how much bacteria it can remove — and prevent bacteria from getting back into your mouth. The...

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Why Your Company Should Offer Vision Benefits

By Matt Wilkes | Vision Insurance, Employers | No Comments

More and more companies across the United States are offering healthcare benefits. A 2019 survey showed well over half of companies offer health insurance, and nearly all firms with 200 or more employees provide it. Among the surveyed companies that offer healthcare, 60% provide dental. The...

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What Is Dental Anxiety & How Can You Manage It?

By Matt Wilkes | Dental Health | 2 Comments

If visiting the dentist makes you nervous and uncomfortable, you’re not alone. One study found that 58.8% of participants had some level of dental anxiety1. And it’s believed that between 9% and 15% of Americans put off going to the dentist2 because of it.

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Beam Partners With Employee Navigator to Simplify Benefits Management

By Matt Wilkes | Beam News, Employee Benefits, Dental Benefits | 1 Comment

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Feb. 3, 2020) — Beam Dental, an emerging leader in dental benefits, has announced a new partnership with Employee Navigator, an all-in-one benefits, human resources, and compliance software provider for brokers, carriers, and HR professionals.

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