The Oral Care Routine of a Celebrity Chef

Samin Nosrat loves going to the dentist. “As a chef, I need to make sure my mouth is squeaky clean at all times so when I taste my food, I know its tasting right!” According to Nosrat, oral health is something often overlooked by both foodie and chefs alike and can make a real difference when it comes to the taste of your food.

Samin gave us some of her top tips for getting the most out of your next meal.

Tip #1 – Be Thorough

When it comes to brushing your teeth, many people rush through it. It’s important to take your time and make sure your spending at least 30 seconds per quadrant of your mouth for a total of 2 minutes. While not only good for your oral health (cavity prevention!), this ensures that your mouth and pallet are fully cleansed and ready for the next meal.

Tip #2 – See the Dentist Regularly

Most people hate going to the dentist, but Nosrat loves it. She loves the feeling of coming out afterward knowing her teeth are squeaky clean and that her mouth is healthy. Especially for a chef – but even for foodies – having a healthy mouth and clean teeth are critical to making the most out of every meal. Easiest way to do that? See a dentist! Don’t know where to start? Opencare does the work for you and connects you with a great, verified local dentist near you.

Tip #3- Get an Electric Toothbrush

“When I made the switch from manual to electric, my dentist noticed immediately!” Samin says. Not only will your dentist notice, but so will your mouth and tastebuds. Electric toothbrushes are really good and getting to places in your mouth where you might not otherwise reach. Many toothbrushes come with a timer, so you can know you’ve spent enough time brushing. Your tastebuds will thank you!

Tip #4 – Cleanse Your Palate Before Tasting

Anything you put into your mouth stimulates your taste buds and sometimes the taste of one thing has a considerable effect on the flavor of the next thing. Therefore, to get the most out of a meal, its to cleanse your palate between courses or after spicy foods. Between courses, apples, celery or a very mild sorbet will do the trick. When it comes to spicy foods, a piece of bread should be enough.

Tip #5 – Make It a Habit

Oral care is not a one and done situation. If you want to get the most out of every meal, make sure you’re taking care of your mouth daily. This means brushing and flossing twice daily and taking the time to do it each and every time – don’t rush!  Your tastebuds will thank you and so will your dentist!


So remember, if you want to make the most of your next meal, make sure you’re taking care of your mouth!

Your tastebuds will thank you🙂

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Tips on how to break up with your dentist

Breakups can be awkward and dentistry is no exception. But sometimes a clean break is exactly what you need to give your teeth the care they deserve.

So to help you avoid the same messy split you and your college sweetheart went through, we put together a few tips on how to break up with your dentist:

Obtain Your Dental Records:
If you’ve recently gotten x-rays at your old dentist or they have records that might be useful for your new dentist, your top priority should be to obtain a copy of your dental records. Access to these records provides the new dentist with valuable health history and treatment info. And, it may also allow you to skip what can be costly procedures such as getting a new, full set of x-rays, as there may already be a recent set on file.

Patients can have their records sent directly to the new dentist or to themselves. We suggest calling your old dentist or email their office to avoid having to face your ex directly.

Finding a New Dentist:
There are several resources available when searching for a dentist but at Opencare we are biased towards our own. Before choosing a new dentist, we suggest doing your research to figure out a few things:

Insurance: The biggest headache that comes from finding a new dentist is whether they are in-network. Luckily at Opencare, we collect your insurance information so that you only get recommended in-network providers.

Reviews: Do your own research on the dentist and see what others are saying about them. Review sites, such as Google and Yelp can be a helpful indicator as to how the experience will be. We actually aggregate reviews directly from these sites and combine them with our own to make your life easier.

We’re also proud to only work with the top rated 10% of dentists in your area based on these reviews so that we don’t send you to a sub-par dentist.

Availability: As you might remember with your ex, finding time to see each other can be painful and feel like a waste of time. Make sure that your dentist has time for you, when you are free to see THEM.

Opencare has calendar integrations with all of our dentists so you can see their calendars and book a time that fits your schedule.

The Perks: Where’s the fun in having a partner without the perks?

These days, dentists offer awesome amenities such as Netflix, beverages, massage chairs, you name it! Your mouth is important and it should be treated to a 5-star experience whenever its time to visit a dentist. Make sure when you are looking for a new dentist not to compromise on what’s important to you in the relationship.


So remember, breakup quickly and go find yourself someone that deserves YOU!

Your mouth is special and should be treated like it 🙂

If you are looking for a new dentist, give Opencare a try and use the link below to get a free $50 Visa reward, to help you move on and find someone better ➜ Get Started

5 Reasons to Use Your Dental Insurance Before the End of the Year

You probably don’t realise that using your dental benefits before the end of the year can save you hundreds of dollars! While the majority of dental plans run on a calendar year, there are some that run fiscally dependant on different situation. We have compiled 5 different reasons why using your benefits before the end of the calendar year will save you time and money.

1. Yearly Maximum

Your dental insurance plan likely has a yearly maximum, this amount is what your dental insurance plan has agreed to pay up to for the year. Most people have an average of $1,000 per year, per person, but this can vary by insurance company. If you have any unused benefits, they do not rollover to the next year so it is wise to plan ahead before your calendar or fiscal year ends.

2. Deductible

Most insurance companies requires a deductible to be paid out of pocket to your dentist, before your insurance company will pay for any services. Depending on your plan and the dentist you choose, your deductible can vary in amount, however average deductibles are around $50 per year. When plans roll over to a new year, your deductible will also be reset.

3. Premiums

You are paying dental premiums each and every month and you should be taking full advantage of them. If you don’t think you require dental treatment, coming in every six months for a cleaning is great for maintaining your oral health and preventing future dental problems.

4. Fee Increases

Did you know that some dentists increase their rates at the beginning of the year due to the cost of living, equipment and materials rising? Take advantage of all of your benefits before the year end, it may save you money! Co-payers will have to pay more if a fee increase takes place at your dentist’s office.

5. Dental Problems Can Worsen

If you still have benefits available before the end of the year, book yourself in for an appointment. Delaying treatment can mean that you will encounter more expensive and extensive treatment in the future. Call your dentist and schedule an appointment now, so that cavities and other minor issues can be treated rather than them turning into larger problems.

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Share your Opencare referral link. After they visit a new Opencare dentist, both of you each get a $50 Prepaid Visa Card. Log in here to get your referral link.

Top 5 Reasons Why Millennials in Toronto Are Loving Opencare

Good news travels fast! More and more people are using Opencare to find a caring dentist, and we’re grateful for all your comments and feedback. As you know, we really strive to simplify the healthcare process, so it’ll be easier for people to be proactive about their health. After hearing your thoughts, we’re glad that we’re making a difference.

To summarize all your messages and anecdotes, here are the top 5 reasons why you love Opencare!

  1. Dentist quality on Opencare is top notch.

We only partner with dentists that have high patient reviews!

  1. Opencare’s website is clean, straightforward, and easy to use.

We’ll let our designer know 🙂

  1. All the information in one place: insurance, location map, dental office photos, and more!

Goodbye browser with 20 tabs.

  1. Online booking!

No more playing phone tag with the dental receptionist.

  1. $50 Gift Card

Do we need to say more?

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Want a $50 gift card when you visit a new dentist?

Here you go 🙂 Use offer today.

How can you get an Opencare $50 gift card?

Why does Opencare give out $50 gift cards?

The reason why we give out $50 gift cards is because our mission is to encourage everyone to be more proactive about their health. We are all guilty of delaying our dental appointments, so at Opencare, we decided to make going to the dentist a bit more fun by adding an awesome reward.

Who is eligible for the Opencare gift card promotion?

You are eligible if:

  • You booked an appointment through Opencare with a new dentist.
  • You live in a qualifying region.
  • You, as the patient, are at least 18 years old.
  • You have not claimed an Opencare gift card in the past.

How can you claim your gift card?

It’s SIMPLE!

  1. Get your receipt from your new Opencare dentist.
  2. Send us a photo of your receipt using this form.
  3. After validating your receipt in 1-2 business days, we’ll send your Opencare gift card to your email!

How does the Opencare referral promotion work?

Every time you refer Opencare, you and your friend each get a $50 gift card after your friend’s appointment! Simply send your Opencare referral link to your friend, and your friend must book an appointment through your link.

I want to book a dentist and get the gift card. What’s the promo code to get the $50?

Easy! Book here.

 

Do you feel pain when you go to the dentist? That’s not normal. Here’s why.

Dental appointments nowadays should not be painful. Sure, you may feel discomfort, especially if the procedure is a tooth extraction, but it should not be painful. Freezing and sedation are common uses for all procedures. In addition to these two, dentist’s tools have evolved and improved dramatically in the last few years. For example, let’s look at how hygienists remove plaque a few years ago compared to today. Before, hygienists used a hook to scrape off plaque. I’m sure you can imagine just how uncomfortable it is to have a sharp object in your mouth. However, today, hygienists constantly spray your teeth with water and slowly removes the plaque with vibrations, so the plaque will just fall off naturally.

Additionally, many dentists have upgraded the furnishings in their office to make their patients more comfortable. Imagine this…you are sitting on a massage chair that is rubbing and kneading your back, while you are watching the latest episode of “House of Cards” on a ceiling-mounted TV with noise-cancelling headphones. That mental picture is reality. More and more dentists are offering these features for extra comfort for their patients.

So, if you do feel pain every time you go to a dentist, think again. There are better solutions out there.

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Do you want to start exploring new dental options? Use our $50 gift card offer!

Opencare is a great way to find a caring dentist, because we only accept dentists with high patient reviews.

We also reward Opencare patients with a $50 gift card when they visit a new dentist! We do this because our mission is to encourage everyone to be more proactive about their health.

Book an appointment online today at Opencare.