‘Aging Out’ Of Insurance: Help For 20-Somethings

young adult graphicImagine you’re 25 and fairly new to the working world. You’re covered by your parents’ insurance — but only for a few more months. You don’t have benefits through your own job yet, and when you turn 26, you won’t be covered by a parent’s plan.

What now?

Too often, young adults let their dental care lapse at this point. They feel young and healthy, and the idea of acquiring insurance on their own is daunting.

Fast-forward a couple years, and that formerly healthy young patient now has a host of dental problems. There’s a good chance they’ve got a tooth or two that’s giving them pain, because they’ve stopped coming in for their biannual cleanings and checkups.

These young patients end up needing treatment that’s more costly and time-consuming than preventive care would’ve been. This is why dentists sometimes say, “dental care isn’t expensive — neglect is.”

It’s also why Future of Dentistry created a Membership Program. It’s designed exclusively for patients without dental insurance. Our Membership Program is simple, with a flat annual fee and no deductibles.

All three of our Membership plans cover essential preventive care, including:

  • 2+ cleanings/checkups
  • Diagnostic x-rays
  • Unlimited oral exams
  • Oral cancer screening
  • Intra-oral camera exam
  • Laser cavity detection
  • Emergency consultations
  • Cosmetic consultations

In addition, Members receive at least 15% off numerous services and treatment — ranging from fillings to whitening and beyond. Membership empowers many millennials to maintain a healthy, sparkling smile for years to come.

Our Membership Program isn’t the only solution for 20-somethings who don’t have their own benefits. Whatever you choose, please avoid the temptation to delay dental care. Studies show that poor oral health is linked to a worrisome number of systemic diseases and conditions. To be healthy overall, it’s simply essential to have a healthy mouth.

If “aging out of insurance” is an issue for you, or your child, please click here to learn more or call our office at 781-285-3525. We’d be happy to answer any questions.

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A Fond Farewell For Our Intern!

This week is bittersweet for the team at Future of Dentistry. We’ll be saying goodbye to our intern, Maria, who has been with us since the year began. We’re sad to see her go, but we’re looking forward to seeing her shine as she continues her career!

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From L-R at Future of Dentistry: Lead Dental Assistant Darlene, Dr. Gerry Casazza, and Northeast Metro Tech intern Maria Manfra.

Maria is a dental assisting student at Northeast Metro Tech, the technical-vocational school in Wakefield.

“Maria has been a welcome addition to our office,” said Dr. Casazza. “With her enthusiasm and upbeat personality, it has been a pleasure having her as an intern.”

During her internship, Maria worked with three of our dentists as well as our dental assistants. She gained experience in a variety of areas, from assisting the dentists to preparing the rooms for patients.

“I learned a lot of hands-on skills,” she says.

Although she’d done some dental assisting through Northeast Metro Tech’s program, Maria feels she acquired valuable on-the-job knowledge at our office. For example, a big part of a dental assistant’s job is handing the doctor the proper instruments during treatment.

Sound easy? It’s not! Future of Dentistry performs a wide range of services, using a variety of techniques and equipment. A good assistant needs to anticipate what the doctors need and have it ready before they even ask. This challenge was part of Maria’s learning process during her internship.

Darlene, our lead assistant, acted as a mentor to Maria. “Maria always has a smile on her face,” said Darlene. “She is eager to learn and she’s always warm and welcoming with our patients — two qualities we value highly at Future of Dentistry.”

As a senior, Maria is planning to attend Middlesex Community College and become a full-time dental assistant. She recommends Northeast to other students considering a career in the dental field. She feels that her internship at Future of Dentistry provided a head-start on her career — and she had fun doing it.

“I loved all of it,” Maria said. “Everyone was so nice, and I like interacting with the patients.”