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October marks the start of open enrollment, a period when many individuals and families review health benefit options and make key decisions for the year ahead.

It’s also a great time to remember that Good oral health is essential to good overall health And think about how dental coverage fits into the overall benefit mix.

According to the State of America 2022 Oral Health and Wellness Report, a national analysis of consumer opinions and behaviors related to oral health, 62% of adults nationwide currently have dental coverage, and 85% of parents report that their children are covered.

Among those with coverage, nearly all adults understand that dental benefits save money and are well worth the cost. This is in large part because dental benefits focus on prevention.

Twice a year, preventive checks and cleanings are usually covered at 100%. These go a long way towards maintaining a healthy mouth. These visits can reveal any dental problems so that they can be treated right away.

This is important as there is a distinct relationship between oral health and the body. Untreated dental disease can affect health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and osteoporosis.

On the flip side, 120 diseases cause changes in the mouth, enabling dentists to identify the signs and symptoms of other potential health problems.

It pays in multiple ways to obtain and use dental coverage: for peace of mind, overall health benefits, cost savings and an improved quality of life for you and your loved ones.

Ron Engy

Dental surgery doctor


People, not things

On September 26, Alan S. Hill, Chairman of the Board of Directors Greenville County Public Librarieshe said, “The library is not here to promote LGBTQ stuff, and it’s not here against LGBTQ stuff. The best anyone in this room can hope to get from this board is for it to be neutral.”

The LGBTQ+ community is a group of people – a group of humans.

We are not just “things,” as Mr. Hill suggests. We are of all ages, and our presence in society is no more age-appropriate than having people with different hair or colours.

By a wide margin, the majority of gay adults often say they wish they had the words to express themselves when they were younger.

We were different, we didn’t know why. Acting is not indoctrination.

If someone cannot think of a gay couple or transgender people without thinking about sexual images, they are dragging us out of our humanity as sexual objects.

If their idea of โ€‹โ€‹”staying neutral” is to keep us out of public view, they are opposing our existence.

Those who forbid knowledge and personify humans always have two things in common: history doesn’t view them as heroes, and they think they’re doing the right thing.

Support your libraries and fight book bans by writing to board members and legislators.

You vote in November.

Amberlin Potter


Remove Russia now

The United Nations can and should hold Russia accountable for its invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s unprovoked attack on Ukraine violates the Charter, its purpose and values โ€‹โ€‹of the United Nations.

The organization’s charter makes it clear that any country in conflict with another must abstain from voting, and therefore Russia may not vote on any question related to its invasion of Ukraine.

Russia’s behavior violates its obligations as a member and its status as a permanent member of the Security Council.

Membership in both is based on mutually agreed terms and conditions which Russia has chosen to reject.

It calls for Russia to be removed from the Security Council.

Newt Clements


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