Announcements and News


Announcement: July 2018

Summer Enrollment has begun! Sign up from June 25 through July 27. Employees, retirees not enrolled in Medicare and their eligible dependents can sign up for the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM during Summer Enrollment or within 31 days of a qualifying life event. The Dental Discount Plan can help you save on dental care like cleanings, fillings and dentures.

Our network in Texas and throughout the U.S. is now bigger than ever, so finding a dentist near you won't be a problem! And if your favorite dentist isn't in our network, you can easily nominate him or her to join our plan.

Call us toll-free at (844) 377-3368 for assistance, or search for a provider near you and schedule your appointment to save! Remember, the Dental Discount Plan is not dental insurance. This discount plan allows you to pay a discounted fee at the time of service when you visit a participating network dentist. There are no deductibles, copayments or claims forms to file. There are no limits on plan use, you can change providers at any time, and savings start as soon as your plan is effective.

Is Chewing Ice Bad For You? July 2018

Chewing ice can be a great way to cool off, especially now that summer is here. But what are the downsides of chewing ice?

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Announcement: June 2018

It's almost time, Summer Enrollment for participants not enrolled in Medicare starts this month! Enrollment opens June 25 through July 27, 2018.

Employees, retirees not enrolled in Medicare and their eligible dependents can sign up during Summer Enrollment or within 31 days of a qualifying life event, such as:

  • a new hire,
  • rehire,
  • retirement,
  • marriage or
  • birth of a child.

Call State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM toll-free at (844) 377-3368 for assistance, or search for a provider near you. Schedule your appointment and save today!

Top Tips to Keep Your Teeth Clean June 2018

Keep your teeth white and shiny in between dental visits with these tips you can do at home to naturally whiten and clean your teeth.

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Announcement: May 2018

It's almost time, Summer Enrollment for participants not enrolled in Medicare starts this month! Enrollment opens June 25 through July 27, 2018.

Employees, retirees not enrolled in Medicare and their eligible dependents can sign up during Summer Enrollment or within 31 days of a qualifying life event, such as:

  • a new hire,
  • rehire,
  • retirement,
  • marriage or
  • birth of a child.

Call State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM toll-free at (844) 377-3368 for assistance, or search for a provider near you. Schedule your appointment and save today!

How Smoking Affects Your Teeth May 2018

Cigarettes have long been a health concern, and they are usually most associated with cancer and respiratory problems. But how does smoking affect your oral health? Do smokers need to see the dentist more often?

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Announcement: April 2018

The Summer Enrollment dates for employees, retirees not enrolled in Medicare and their eligible dependents are here, so mark your calendars early!

Summer Enrollment starts June 25 and ends July 27, 2018.

Sign up during Summer Enrollment or within 31 days a qualifying life event such as:

  • a new hire,
  • rehire,
  • retirement,
  • marriage or
  • birth of a child.

If you already have a State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM, have you used it yet? It's easy to use the plan, so don't put off dental work you need any longer.

Call us toll-free at (844) 377-3368 for assistance, or search for a provider near you. Schedule your appointment and save today!

Finding the Right Mouthwash April 2018

Ever wonder why your mouthwash tends to burn? You might have to feel the burn to get results from your workout, but that shouldn't apply to your mouthwash! That burn is from the alcohol in the solution. Mouthwash containing alcohol usually has about 20% to 30% alcohol content. If used too often, this type of mouthwash can irritate your mouth, dry it out and even cause sores over time.

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Announcement: March 2018

Once you're a member of the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM, we can help you find a participating provider in Texas or anywhere in the U.S.* if you're away from home. You can save from 20% to 60% on your dental care, ranging from cleanings and teeth whitening to orthodontics and pricier procedures.

You can also see any participating provider you want. Not in love with the dentist you saw? No problem. You can change providers at any time. Dependents can choose their own providers, too.

Or nominate a provider to join our network so you can enjoy savings from your favorite dentist! Simply visit www.careington.com/ers/nominate.html to submit a nomination.

*This plan is not available in Vermont or U.S. territories.

Cavities March 2018

It's the phrase every patient reclining in the dentist's chair dreads: “It looks like you have a cavity.”

“Great,” I thought. Now I was in for it.

The guilt began to swell. Surely there was something I could have done to prevent this? Or at least to have detected the cavity's presence?

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Announcement: February 2018

Many of us like to make New Year's Resolutions, and often they are to get healthier. We want to better ourselves, but not everybody knows that a healthy body starts with a healthy mouth!

This new year, when you buy produce and lean protein at the grocery store, pick up some floss, too! When you go to the gym and return home feeling great about yourself, finish your nightly routine strong with brushing, flossing and mouthwash. As you continue to keep your goals and take care of your body, make sure you show your teeth some TLC, too.

Don't abandon your resolution for a healthier mouth! It's so simple to do, and your teeth will thank you for it.

Wisdom Teeth February 2018

Can you afford to skip your wisdom teeth removal? The short answer is usually no!

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Announcement: December 2017

At a time of year when many of us are buying presents for loved ones, it can be hard to think about another big expense. If you've been putting off important dental work or your routine checkup that can help recognize other health concerns, the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM can help reduce that cost to something a little more affordable!

A Photo-ready Smile December 2017

It's important not to neglect your smile during the holidays. Even though we are busy shopping for our friends and family, don't forget to treat yourself. A checkup or teeth whitening session can do wonders for your smile!

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Announcement: November 2017

Fall Enrollment is here!

Mark your calendars now – Fall Enrollment begins October 31 and ends November 18, 2017 for Medicare eligible retirees and their dependents.

You can sign up for the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM during Fall Enrollment or within 31 days of a qualifying life event such as employment changes, moving, marriage or eligibility for Medicare or Medicaid.

Interested in signing up? Check the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) Fall Enrollment page for Plan Year 2018 Retiree rates and fair schedule information.

Brushing Mistakes November 2017

Brushing your teeth isn't as easy as it seems. There are plenty of things to keep in mind when it comes to your dental hygiene. However, some of them are not as obvious as the ones you learned as a child.

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Announcement: October 2017

Routine dental exams are crucial to your overall health and well-being. Did you know that a routine dental exam can identify signs of diabetes, leukemia, kidney disease, heart disease and more? If you haven't already, pick up your phone and make an appointment today!

Don't forget, with your plan membership you can save 20% to 60% on dental care and treatment. You can also save on orthodontics for you and your family. Note: This plan is not insurance.

Interested in signing up? Fall Enrollment dates are October 31 - November 18 for retirees enrolled in Medicare. Check the Employees Retirement System of Texas (ERS) Fall Enrollment page for Plan Year 2018 Retiree rates and fair schedule information.

Still Getting Cavities? October 2017

Are you suddenly getting cavities after years of being cavity-free?

It may seem strange to suddenly be having these problems again, but in fact it is very common for you to experience cavities as you get older. They don't just affect children. Children and seniors are the two highest at-risk groups for tooth decay.

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Announcement: September 2017

Attention State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM participants! Now is a great time for one of your two recommended annual cleanings!

Catching gum disease early is key! Routine dental exams are crucial to your overall health - and can help identify problems such as gum disease. The early stages of gum disease can often be reversed with good oral hygiene. Proper brushing and flossing helps prevent plaque buildup.

Don't forget, with your plan membership you can save 20% to 60% on dental care and treatment. You and your family can also save on orthodontics. The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan is not dental insurance.

Call us toll-free at (844) 377-3368 (TTY-711) with questions about your plan. Our customer service team is happy to help!

Remember, the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM is not dental insurance. This discount plan allows you to pay a discounted fee at the time of service when you visit a participating network dentist. The State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM can be used on routine and preventive care, specialty treatment and even cosmetic services such as braces for children and adults, and teeth whitening. There are no limits on plan use, you can change providers at any time, and savings start as soon as your plan is effective.

Have questions? Call toll-free at (844) 377-3368, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT for assistance, or click here to search for a dentist near you.

How Sugar Affects Your Teeth September 2017

Eating twenty-five sugar cubes in a day seems crazy, right? According to the Washington Post, the average person drinks two and a half sodas a day. Each soda contains more than of 35 grams of sugar, so it seems that crazy is the new norm.

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Announcement: August 2017

Are you enrolled in your State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM and want to get started? Watch for your enrollment kit in the mail. After that, it's easy to get started!

Just follow these steps!

  1. Sign up - check!
  2. Search for a participating dentist near you.
  3. Schedule your appointment.
  4. Save instantly at the time of service.

Four simple steps can lead to a brighter, healthier smile! Your new membership provides you with instant savings of 20% to 60% on dental care and treatment.

Remember, the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM is not dental insurance. This discount plan allows you to pay a discounted fee at the time of service when you visit a participating network dentist. The State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM can be used on routine and preventive care, specialty treatment and even cosmetic services such as braces for children and adults, and teeth whitening. There are no limits on plan use, you can change providers at any time, and savings start as soon as your plan is effective.

Have questions? Call toll-free at (844) 377-3368, Monday - Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT for assistance, or click here to search for a dentist near you.

Take a vacation, but not from your dental routine! August 2017

When you take a vacation, be sure you don't check out completely. You may be taking a break from the everyday, but don't ignore your daily dental routine! When traveling, keep these few things in mind.

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Announcement: July 2017

Summer Enrollment has begun! Sign up now through July 28. The State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM can help you save on routine and major dental work, cosmetic procedures (like teeth whitening), orthodontics and more for a low monthly fee that starts at just $2.25 for a member-only plan.

Our network in Texas and throughout the U.S. is bigger than ever, so finding a dentist near you won't be a problem! If your favorite dentist isn't in our network, you can nominate him or her to join the plan.

Call us toll-free at (844) 377-3368 for assistance, or click here to search for a provider near you and schedule your appointment to save! Remember, the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM is not dental insurance. This discount plan allows you to pay a discounted fee at the time of service when you visit a participating network dentist. There are no limits on plan use, you can change providers at any time and savings start as soon as your plan is effective.

Finding Your Perfect Mouthwash July 2017

Is using mouthwash an unpleasant experience? Let's change that. There are a few things to consider when purchasing a new mouthwash, like ingredients, sensitivity and smell.

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