All posts by Matt Wilkes

How Long Should You Brush Your Teeth?

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | 1 Comment

You’ve heard it time and time again — brushing twice per day is the first step in a strong dental care routine. While that recommendation may be as ingrained in your head as “breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” don’t take it for granted. Taking the right approach to brushing will...

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Beam Expands Leadership Team with 3 Key Hires

By Matt Wilkes | Beam News | No Comments

COLUMBUS, OH (September 24, 2020) — Beam Dental today announced the addition of three key members to the leadership team. Joining Beam are Laurie McGonigle (Head of General Agent Partnerships), Susan Jacobs (Senior Vice President, Marketing), and Brian Lelio (Head of National Broker...

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Your Company's Guide to Conducting a Virtual Open Enrollment

By Matt Wilkes | Employee Benefits, Dental Benefits, Open Enrollment, Employers | No Comments

The ongoing pandemic has brought on numerous challenges and changes for businesses, forcing them to adopt digital-first approaches and remote work. As many companies continue to work from home, an important period of the year will be impacted: open enrollment.

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What Small Businesses Are Looking For in Employee Benefits

By Matt Wilkes | Dental Insurance, Brokers, Employee Benefits, Dental Benefits, Open Enrollment | No Comments

Q4 will be here before you know it, which means small and mid-sized businesses across the country will be selecting benefits for 2021. As brokers prepare for the busiest time of year, preparation is key to being a trusted advisor — and that means understanding clients’ needs to determine what’s...

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The Do's and Don'ts of Flossing

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | 9 Comments

Although it’s sometimes overlooked, flossing once every day helps you keep your teeth and gums healthy. It reaches those pesky areas a toothbrush can’t — in between the teeth — to eliminate plaque buildup. Using the right techniques and avoiding the wrong ones can maximize the effectiveness of...

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What You Should Know About Receding Gums

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | 2 Comments

While often overlooked, gums are vital to your dental health. They hold your teeth in place and protect the delicate root underneath from bacteria and deterioration from eating, chewing, and brushing. Failing to brush and floss — or doing so incorrectly — can cause the gums to recede.

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11 Life Insurance Terms You Should Know

By Matt Wilkes | Employee Benefits, Members, Employers, Group Life Benefits, Life Insurance | No Comments

If your company offers group life benefits, you may wonder what the various terminology means — after all, it’s a bit different than health and dental insurance. We’re here to help! Here are some common terms you may run across when reviewing your life policy and what they mean.

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What's a Missing Tooth Clause?

By Matt Wilkes | Dental Insurance, Brokers, Dental Benefits, Members, Employers | 1 Comment

Whether you’re an HR professional shopping for dental coverage or a broker preparing clients for open enrollment, it’s important to have a strong understanding of the available plans. Nearly all plans have limitations, and learning more about them can help you make the best decision for your...

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What Is Bruxism? Your Guide to Teeth Grinding

By Matt Wilkes | Members, Dental Health | No Comments

Do you notice yourself clenching your teeth when feeling stressed out? Do you often wake up with a sore jaw and aren’t sure why? You may have a dental condition known as bruxism, or tooth grinding. Many people deal with tooth grinding, especially at night — one study found that 8% of...

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3 Reasons Your Company Should Offer Group Life Benefits

By Matt Wilkes | Employee Benefits, Employers, Group Life Benefits, Life Insurance | No Comments

As Q3 begins, many companies around the country are starting to prepare for open enrollment. That means it’s time to not only evaluate your organization’s current benefits, but it’s also prudent to research new lines of coverage your employees could find valuable. 

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