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What Is a Healthy Smile Worth?

Yours Might Be Worth $5,000 at :DentalPlans

PLANTATION, FL--(Marketwired - June 11, 2014) - What is a healthy smile worth? Everything, when you consider the many facets of life impacted by your smile. Leading industry experts estimate that a smile brings not only positive feelings, but could also attract a significant other, help land a job or promotion, build up self-confidence and maybe even bring good luck. Not to mention that your oral health is directly connected to your overall health and well-being. More than one-third of Americans do not have access to dental insurance, according to a U.S. Senate subcommittee on primary health and aging. And only 45 percent of Americans, ages two and older saw a dental provider in the past 12 months.

That's why :DentalPlans, the leading marketplace of dental savings plans, is excited to announce the Healthy Smile, Healthy You Makeover Contest worth a $5,000 dental makeover to one winner. This is the third year that :DentalPlans, has held the contest. Over the past two years more than 1,400 entries have been submitted, 13 dental savings plans have been awarded, and more than $7,000 in dental work services has been donated. 

"There is nothing better than bringing a smile to someone's face," states Jenn Stoll, chief commercial officer of :DentalPlans. "That's our specialty, not just in what we do, but how we strive to do business and treat each and every member."

To enter the contest, visit https://www.facebook.com/dentalplans and click on the Healthy Smile Makeover App under the "About" section, during the two-week contest entry period from June 18, 2014 to July 1, 2014. And submit two original photos that symbolize how you feel about your current and future smile with descriptions of each. Then, visitors to :DentalPlans' Facebook page will vote for their favorites during the week of July 2, 2014 to July 8, 2014. The top 10 entries that capture the most votes will then be reviewed by a :DentalPlans panel of judges, and a grand prize winner will be selected and announced July 18. The winner will receive a $5,000 dental care makeover, along with a dental plan of their choice to maintain their healthy smile all year. In addition, DentalPlans will be giving away dental savings plans to the top 9 runners-up. 

Last year, single mom, Stephanie Stewart Feld of Freeport, IL received $5,000 worth of free dental care as the winner of :DentalPlans' smile makeover. Stephanie had her last appointment with Dr. Chad Reedy, DDS of Freeport, in the fall of 2013. The five-month treatment plan included an evaluation, x-rays, resin on two teeth, tooth extractions, and temporary and permanent dentures.

"I feel great and am so appreciative of :DentalPlans, Dr. Reedy, and his staff," said Stephanie. "I now have the smile I have always hoped for. Every day I teach my son the importance of proper dental care and now I can show him my true smile. Winning the makeover allowed me to get a lot of the work done that I needed right away, instead of over the course of many years. And winning the dental savings plan for a year has enabled my son and me to get the proper dental care we need all year long."

According to a recent study completed for the American Dental Association, out-of-pocket payments constitute 42 percent of dental expenditures, compared to 11 percent of health expenditures. "So often, the question of receiving dental care is not whether a person wants it or not, but one of 'can I afford it?' Through our dental savings plans offerings, we hope to bring dental care to more Americans, making it affordable and accessible to everyone," says Stoll.

About DentalPlans.com

:DentalPlans has successfully been operating as a private exchange since 1999 as the largest dental savings plan marketplace. Similar to a membership at a warehouse club, consumers pay an annual fee and get access to reduced rates on dental services and cosmetic dentistry and orthodontia, as well as vision and pharmacy. Members can choose from more than 40 different plans from trusted healthcare brands, like Aetna, Careington, Signature Wellness, and UNI-CARE, and have access to more than 100,000 dentists in combined networks nationwide. :DentalPlans has affordable plans to fit any need and budget. And, depending on the plan you choose, consumers save 10 to 60 percent off services. Visitors of DentalPlans.com can compare plans by ZIP code or procedure, view sample savings and find a nearby dentist. :DentalPlans is committed to making you smile, by making access to quality oral healthcare affordable and available to everyone nationwide. It's one of the reasons the company has been on the Inc. 5000 list, 3 years standing. To connect with :DentalPlans visit us at www.dentalplans.com or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/dentalplans.

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