4th of July

Fun things to do over the 4th of July

Our office will be closed on Monday, July 4th so our team can celebrate Independence Day with their family and friends. In honor of the holiday, here are some fun ways to enjoy the long weekend:

Most importantly, have fun and be safe!

 

Dr. Amanda Campbell

We were all sad to say goodbye to Dr. Amanda Campbell this week. She and her husband are moving out of state and we will miss having her as part of the Willow Creek Dental team. Best of luck to you, Dr. Campbell!

Dr. Mary Blakeley and Dr. Kylee Brightside will be taking wonderful care of Dr. Campbell’s patients. Please call us  at 303-779-2797 if you have any questions.

Dr. Campbell Goodbye Cake

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Deducting Medical and Dental Benefits on your taxes—5 things you should  know

If you incurred large out-of-pocket medical or dental expenses in 2015, you may be able to deduct them on your taxes. Here are 5 things you should know:

1. What expenses are eligible?

Eligible medical and dental expenses include but are not limited to out-of-pocket costs incurred for preventative care, treatment, surgeries, dental care, vision care, prescription medications and appliances such as glasses, false teeth and hearing aids. These expenses can be for yourself, your spouse or your dependents.

2. What expenses are not eligible?

In-eligible expenses include but are not limited to any medical or dental expenses for which you were reimbursed by your insurance, employer, health savings or flex spending accounts. Additionally, cosmetic procedures are generally not allowed. You also cannot deduct non-prescription drugs or general health expenses such as toothpaste or health club dues.

3. Why can’t I deduct expenses where I used my Health Savings or Flex Spending Accounts?

Health savings or flex spending accounts that are used to pay for medical or dental expenses are usually tax-free. Therefore you can’t deduct these expenses and receive a double tax benefit.

4. How much can I deduct?

According to the IRS website, you can deduct qualifying medical and dental expenses paid during the tax year that exceed 10% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). Your AGI is your taxable income minus any adjustments to your income such as deductions, contributions to an IRA and student loan interest. An example would be if your AGI was $50,000 and you had out-of-pocket medical/dental expenses of $6,250. The amount you would be able to deduct would be $1,250 ($6,250 minus $5,000). If you or your spouse are 65 and older, there is a temporary exemption that allows you to deduct expenses exceeding 7.5% of AGI.

5. What is the next step?

If you determine that your deductions are greater than the standard deductions allowed for tax payers, then you will need to itemize those expenses on a Schedule A form (IRS Form 1040).

While the above information is intended to be a helpful guideline it should not be considered official tax advice.  Please contact your tax professional or the Internal Revenue Service directly to ensure you are complying with all of the tax rules in regard to deducting your medical and dental expenses.

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How much sleep do we really need?

Sleep—it often feels like an unattainable goal in that we never get as much as we would like. While you may feel like it is just part of getting older and having more responsibilities, sleep needs do vary from person to person and change throughout your life.

For example, newborns need the most sleep—up to 18 hours a day. Preschool children need 11 – 13 hours of sleep per night and school-aged children (up to age 12) need about 11 hours. A gradual decline continues as we get older, with adolescents needing about 9 hours of sleep and most adults needing 7 – 9 hours of sleep each night.

Other than feeling more refreshed in the morning, the amount of sleep you get each night can impact your overall health. Lack of sleep can lead to overeating and weight gain, while some sleep disorders can lead to more serious health concerns such as higher blood pressure and risk of stroke.

How much do you really know about sleep? Take this quiz and find out.

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