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March 1st, 2018



On March 17, everyone has a little Irish in them. St. Patrick’s Day is a joyous celebration of Irish heritage. The holiday originated as a commemoration of Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland. The saint arrived in Ireland in 432 and earned the reputation of a champion of Irish Christianity. March 17th, the day of St. Patrick’s death, has been commemorated by the Irish for over 1,000 years. St. Patrick’s Day is still observed as a religious feast day by several Christian denominations, but it is better known in the public imagination as a rich celebration of Irish culture.

St. Patrick’s Day has been an official public holiday in Ireland since 1903. Each year, the Irish celebrate with a several-day festival that includes theater performances, music, fireworks, and festive parades. The celebration is also a public holiday in Northern Ireland, Montserrat, and Newfoundland and Labrador. In other parts of the world with heavy Irish populations, it is an unofficial celebration of Irish heritage. Parts of Great Britain, Canada, Argentina, South Korea, Switzerland, New Zealand, the United States, and Australia commemorate the holiday each year. Typical celebrations in these countries include drinking green beer, wearing green, eating traditional Irish foods, parades, and shamrock decorations.

Many people, Irish and non-Irish alike, take part in the “wearing of the green” on St. Patrick’s Day. In fact, the color originally associated with Saint Patrick was blue. His use of shamrocks to explain the Holy Trinity to the Irish made the green clover emblematic of the holiday, leading to the traditional green attire worn by thousands on St. Patrick’s Day. Other little-known facts about St. Patrick’s Day include the following:

  • Each year, the United States and Ireland face off in a rugby competition called the “St. Patrick’s Day Test.”
  • Montreal celebrates the holiday with an annual parade, which has been held each year since 1824. The Montreal city flag even features a shamrock in its corner, as a nod to its Irish heritage.
  • The Guinness World Records named St. Patrick’s Day the “Friendliest Day of the Year.”
  • Along with Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the most widely celebrated saint’s day in the world.

No matter your cultural heritage, St. Patrick’s Day is a great time to let loose and celebrate your inner Irish-ness! Don your greenest attire and exclaim “Erin go Bragh!” (Ireland forever!) to everyone you meet. From Dr. Aleta Detwiler and Dr. Teresa Stiteler - have a great St. Paddy’s day!

February is Children's Dental Health Month!

February 5th, 2018

Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. NCDHM messages and materials have reached millions of people in communities across the country.

Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children to get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums. Beautiful Smiles prides itself in being an important part of the dental health of children!

Attention: Delta and United Concordia Patients!

January 22nd, 2018


Please Vote Today!

The Senate returns to Harrisburg, today, January 22. SB 373, PDA's Assignment of Benefits legislation, is scheduled to appear on the Senate Appropriations Committee's next agenda for a vote. This vote could take place as early as this afternoon, so it is essential that you ask your Senator, regardless of whether or not they are a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to vote "yes" on SB 373. Members need to hear from the dental community now because the insurance industry is aggressively lobbying against this bill. If you do not contact your legislator, they will assume that this bill is not a priority for dentists. Let them know that it is! Don't delay, contact their office today! Click here to take action now!

We are working on your behalf to pass SB 373, legislation that would require insurers to assign benefits (on patient's request) to dentists, regardless of whether you participate with the insurer. PDA is at the forefront in lobbying for this legislation, and we are at a crucial juncture. If the bill is voted out of the Appropriations Committee, it moves on to the full Senate for passage.
Please contact him or her, and ask them to vote "yes" for SB 373. Also ask them to encourage their colleagues serving on the committee to vote in support of SB 373.

Use the talking points below when contacting your Senator.

Your participation in our advocacy efforts is essential to our success. Thank you for your help achieving PDA's goal to level the playing field with insurers and to make Pennsylvania a better state in which to practice dentistry!


- Some patients cannot see their dentist of choice because some insurance companies do not directly pay the non-participating provider, and the patient cannot afford to pay for services upfront.  Dentists who do not require advanced payment may never be paid for services rendered.  This insurance practice unfairly inhibits patients from seeking care from their dentist of choice, even though they are paying for a benefit that should be able to be applied to any provider, regardless of whether or not the provider participates with the insurance plan.  The insurance is a purchased product and belongs to the patient.

- Absence of assignment of benefits legislation forces patients to pay upfront for treatment they may not be able to afford.  This can be particularly difficult for divorced or separated parents, single parents and low-income families.  It would be much easier for patients to have the ability to assign their dental benefit directly to the provider.

- Parents who are divorced or separated may experience the problem where one parent has custody of a child, while the other parent carries the insurance.  The latter may never send the insurance check to the custodial parent, who had to pay for services upfront.  Faced with this situation, many custodial parent postpone or avoid care altogether.  This could also impact the dentist, who sympathizes with the parent and sees the child without requiring advanced payment.  Often, these dentists are never paid.

- Patients residing in rural areas are placed at a disadvantage as there may only be a handful of dentists who are in-network.  Patients may have to incur more traveling time and expense to seek treatment from an in-network provider, rather than being treated by a non-participating dentist who practices in closer proximity.

- Twenty-three other states have enacted assignment of benefits laws.


Click here to take action now!

New Year, New Me

January 9th, 2018

The start of a new year is always a great time to commit to a healthy lifestyle. Beautiful Smiles is ready to restore and maintain your Dental Health!  Let's work together to make 2018 a healthy year!