Announcements and News


Announcement: May 2019

If you are an employee or retiree not enrolled in Medicare, then this message is for you! It's almost time for Summer Enrollment. Mark your calendars now for June 24 through July 26!

Employees and 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,
  • divorce or
  • birth of a child.

Give us a call toll-free at (844) 377-3368 (TTY- 711) for assistance, or search for a provider near you. Schedule your appointment and save money today!

Keeping Your Gums Healthy
May 2019

You may focus on how straight your teeth are or how bright your smile is. But you can't forget about your gums! When it comes to your mouth's health, you want to pay close to attention to your gums. Gum disease is an infection of the gums and can affect the bone structure that supports your teeth. It starts when bacteria on your teeth get under your gums causing plaque to develop. This buildup can cause gum disease.

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Announcement: April 2019

As we get older, proper dental care is a must! The Washington Dental Service Foundation (WDSF) has found that only one-quarter of seniors (60 years or older) have their original teeth.

Seniors are also affected by gum disease. Gum disease can potentially lead to gingivitis, which can lead to the loss of teeth.

There are several useful tips to help keep your mouth healthy. It is important to get your teeth and gums checked frequently. Use your State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM when scheduling a routine dental exam. Your plan is here to help you save 20% to 60% on routine dental care and treatment. Other tips include:

  • brushing and flossing daily,
  • avoiding tobacco use and
  • limiting sugar intake and snacking on healthier foods.

The State of Texas Dental Discount Plan want to help you get the best smile you can at a price you can afford. Call us toll-free at (844) 377-3368 (TTY-711) with any questions about your plan. Our customer service team is happy to help!

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 limits on plan use, and savings start as soon as your plan is effective.

Oral Cancer Awareness Month
April 2019

Did you know, oral cancer kills one person every hour of every day of the year? The death rate linked with oral cancer remains particularly high because the cancer is usually found late in development. But, when the cancer is detected and treated early, survival rates may rise.

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Announcement: March 2019

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

Routine dental exams are important to your overall health and well-being. Your teeth and mouth may reveal signs of diabetes, leukemia, heart disease and some kinds of cancers. If you haven't already, make an appointment today!

The Dental Discount Plan is easy to use. It provides you with instant savings of 20% to 60% on dental care and treatment. You can enjoy savings on:

  • routine checkups,
  • cleanings,
  • teeth whitening,
  • dentures and
  • orthodontics.

Remember: The State of Texas 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 limits on plan use, and savings start as soon as your plan is effective.

Spring Cleaning
March 2019

Spring is the time of year when you dust the furniture, mop the floors and de-clutter the cabinets. However, it's also an ideal time to focus on some dental cleaning as well. This spring, take the time to re-examine your dental habits.

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Announcement: February 2019

Our State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM will give you something to smile about! After enrolling, you can begin taking full advantage of the plan's savings. Browse our thousands of providers and make an appointment to knock out one of your two recommended annual cleanings.

By scheduling a routine dental exam, you are not only thinking about your oral health, but your overall health. Dental exams allow your dentist to examine and clean your teeth and gums. Your dentist can see signs of diseases that affect your overall health. Act now and take advantage of your plan membership and save 20% to 60% on dental care and treatment for yourself or your dependents.

Keeping Your Kids' Teeth Healthy
February 2019

February is National Children's Dental Health Month! Take time this month to help your young ones learn the importance of oral health. As their teeth begin developing, it is important to create healthy dental habits.

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Announcement: January 2019

Medicare-eligible retirees: If you signed up during Fall Enrollment, your plan becomes effective this month!

The State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM is easy to use. It provides you with instant savings of 20% to 60% on dental care and treatment. You can enjoy savings on:

  • routine checkups,
  • treatment,
  • teeth whitening,
  • dentures and
  • orthodontics.

It's important to maintain good oral health at every age. A healthy body starts with a healthy mouth, and we believe a healthy mouth doesn't have to hurt your wallet.

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 limits on plan use, and savings start as soon as your plan is effective.

Need a New Year's Resolution?
January 2019

New Year's resolutions. We make them every year, and every year we do our best to stick with them. Many people choose to commit to a healthier lifestyle. Why can't that include your smile? After all, a healthy mouth means a healthy body.

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Announcement: December 2018

What are some of your holiday traditions? For most people, it's family photos and holiday cards. Why not brighten your smile for these photos? The State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM can help you save on teeth whitening and any last-minute cleanings you want to schedule.

Enjoy your discounts, and have a safe and happy holiday season!

Note: This plan is not insurance.

Healthy Tips for the Holidays
December 2018

During the holidays, your dental health can fall by the wayside with all the tempting sweets and desserts if you're not careful. It's best to give them a bit of TLC. Use these tips to keep your teeth healthy through this holiday season.

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Announcement: November 2018

ERS Fall Enrollment for Medicare eligible retirees is in full swing!

Interested in signing up? You still have until November 14, 2018 to sign up for the State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM. Don't forget, with plan participation you can save 20% to 60% on dental care and treatment.

Note: This plan is not insurance.

American Diabetes Month
November 2018

Did you know nearly 30 million Americans have diabetes? If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with diabetes, you may be aware of the many problems the disease can cause. Many may be surprised that diabetes and gum disease are linked. Research shows those with diabetes often also suffer from gum disease.

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Announcement: October 2018

ERS Fall Enrollment

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

Don't forget, with plan participation you can save 20% to 60% on dental care and treatment.
Note: This plan is not insurance.

Interested in signing up? Fall Enrollment dates are October 29 through November 14, 2018 for retirees enrolled in Medicare and their eligible dependents.

Dry Mouth? Here's How to Fix It
October 2018

Dry mouth is one of the most common issues older Americans report to their dentist. Dry mouth isn't exclusively an age-related issue. In fact, the medications patients use to treat certain diseases often caused dry mouth.

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Announcement: September 2018

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

Routine dental exams are crucial to your overall health and well-being. Did you know that your teeth and mouth may reveal signs of diabetes, leukemia, kidney disease, heart disease and some kinds of cancers? These can all be identified from a routine dental exam. If you haven't already, make an appointment today!

Don't forget, with your plan participation you can save 20% to 60% on dental care and treatment. You can also save on orthodontics for you and your eligible dependents. The Dental Discount Plan is not dental insurance.

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

Senior Dental Care
September 2018

Proper dental care is a necessity, especially as we get older. According to the Washington Dental Service Foundation (WDSF), only about 75% of seniors (60 years or older) have some of their original teeth.

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Announcement: August 2018

So you enrolled in your State of Texas Dental Discount PlanSM and want to get started? Make sure to watch for your enrollment kit in the mail.

After that, it's as easy as 1, 2, 3:

  1. Search for a participating dentist near you.
  2. Schedule your appointment.
  3. Save instantly at the time of service with your member ID.

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

Want to learn more about the State of Texas Dental Discount Plan? Give us a call toll-free at (844) 377-3368 for assistance. Schedule your appointment and start saving today!

Flossing 101 August 2018

Your dentist tells you every time you see them: flossing is key!

Flossing can significantly improve your oral hygiene by removing plaque between teeth. But your toothbrush can't do all the cleaning. There are some tough-to-reach places that only floss can reach.

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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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