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  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation to Give $1.5 Million to Support Community During COVID-19 Health Crisis
    Apr. 6, 2020

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation to Give $1.5 Million to Support Community During COVID-19 Health Crisis

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, today announced it will provide $1.5 million to help ensure Illinoisans continue to receive vital health services during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Foundation is providing $500,000 to support the Illinois State Dental Society (ISDS) Foundation. It is also launching a $1 million emergency grants program to Federally Qualified Health Centers in Illinois.

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  • How to manage stress during the coronavirus pandemic
    Apr. 2, 2020

    How to manage stress during the coronavirus pandemic

    General oral health

    With the legalization of cannabis in Illinois, it may be tempting to turn to marijuana — as well as tobacco and alcohol — as a way to manage anxiety during the coronavirus pandemic. But Delta Dental of Illinois is urging Illinoisans to opt for healthier ways to relieve stress this April during Oral Cancer Awareness Month. “Smoking marijuana can lead to a number of oral health problems including dry mouth and an increased risk of cavities and gum disease,”

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  • Homemade applesauce
    Mar. 23, 2020

    Homemade applesauce

    Recipes

    When you make this sweet, tasty applesauce at home, there’s no need to add cavity-causing sugar. This healthy, versatile treat is perfect for a snack, dessert or even homemade baby food.

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  • Do these 3 things after wisdom teeth removal
    Mar. 16, 2020

    Do these 3 things after wisdom teeth removal

    General oral health

    Wisdom teeth — a third set of molars in the back of your mouth — usually appear between ages 17 and 25. Some people have them taken out, while others never have the need. In fact, about 5 million Americans have theirs removed in the course of a year.

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  • Smile! There’s a way to create a more positive workplace.
    Mar. 10, 2020

    Smile! There’s a way to create a more positive workplace.

    General oral health

    Do you help make your employees smile? Happy workers make for a more successful business. When workers feel respected and valued, they’re more likely to be happy and engaged. Workplaces that lack a positive atmosphere have higher absenteeism, more accidents, increased errors and defects, decreased productivity and lower profitability.

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  • Reasons for root canal treatment
    Mar. 6, 2020

    Reasons for root canal treatment

    General oral health

    A root canal is a common procedure used to treat inflammation or infection of the tooth’s sensitive inner pulp tissue, which is made up of blood vessels and nerve fibers.1 Pulp inflammation can result from a number of causes including deep decay, cracked teeth, or trauma. While many feel uneasy about the idea of a root canal, the procedure is a safe and straightforward way to remove diseased pulp tissue and is a better alternative to tooth extraction.

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  • The reasons behind your dentist's advice
    Mar. 2, 2020

    The reasons behind your dentist's advice

    General oral health

    By now you are likely familiar with dentists’ recommendation to brush twice a day for two minutes, floss daily and pay regular visits to their office. Here are the reasons behind these important nuggets of wisdom.

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  • Easy Broccoli, Cheese and Egg Muffins
    Feb. 24, 2020

    Easy Broccoli, Cheese and Egg Muffins

    Recipes

    Here’s a nutritious treat that kids will find fun and tasty to eat on-the-go. Not only do the cheese and broccoli provide teeth-strengthening calcium, but the eggs are packed with vitamin D that’s also vital for strong teeth.

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  • Tooth Fairy giving in the Midwest rebounds after several years of decline
    Feb. 21, 2020

    Tooth Fairy giving in the Midwest rebounds after several years of decline

    Children’s Oral Health

    According to the latest Original Tooth Fairy Poll results released by Delta Dental of Illinois, the value of a lost tooth has greatly improved in the Midwest and across the nation when compared to the last couple of years.

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  • The link between gum disease and heart disease
    Feb. 6, 2020

    The link between gum disease and heart disease

    General oral health

    Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and studies show a relationship between heart disease and gum disease. February is American Heart Month and a great time to learn how a healthy smile can lead to a healthy heart. Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. In its early stage, it’s called gingivitis and can cause inflamed, red gums that bleed.

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  • Talking with kids about the dangers of vaping
    Feb. 6, 2020

    Talking with kids about the dangers of vaping

    Children’s Oral Health

    It’s never too early to talk with your kids about the dangers of tobacco, especially given the explosive growth of vaping. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a great time to address the issue. Here’s why there’s reason for concern: The use of e-cigarettes among Illinois high schoolers increased by 45% between 2016 and 2018.

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  • How to keep toothaches from being a pain to your business
    Feb. 5, 2020

    How to keep toothaches from being a pain to your business

    General oral health

    Distracted workers cost American businesses millions of dollars every year. And there’s little that’s more distracting than the pain of a toothache. Get to know more about toothaches so you can help save your employees some pain and keep them productive.

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  • Temporary baby teeth have a long-lasting effect
    Feb. 3, 2020

    Temporary baby teeth have a long-lasting effect

    Children’s Oral Health

    Baby teeth aren’t meant to be permanent. They emerge from about the time a child is 6 months old until around their third birthday. But they already start to fall out around age 6.1 Because they’re temporary placeholders for permanent teeth, issues with baby teeth may seem like no big deal. But baby teeth actually serve critical purposes.

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  • Beef and broccoli stir fry
    Jan. 27, 2020

    Beef and broccoli stir fry

    Recipes

    You’ll be ready to skip takeout with this tasty, low-calorie meal that’s surprisingly quick and easy to make at home. As a bonus, the broccoli is an excellent source of calcium which is a vital mineral for the health of your teeth.

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  • How you can help employees budget for dental expenses
    Jan. 18, 2020

    How you can help employees budget for dental expenses

    Dental benefit information

    Many people resolve to take better care of their finances this time of year. You can support your employees in working toward that goal by helping them budget for dental expenses. Here’s how you can help reduce their stress and improve their health. Provide dental benefits. The best way to help employees budget for dental expenses is by offering great dental coverage. Dental benefits often cover 100% of routine preventive services like checkups and cleanings.

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  • Three Ways to Make 2020 Your Healthiest Year Yet
    Jan. 15, 2020

    Three Ways to Make 2020 Your Healthiest Year Yet

    General oral health

    If your New Year’s resolution includes taking better care of your health, a visit to the dentist may be just as important as a visit to the gym. That’s because there’s a direct connection between your oral and overall health. Your mouth provides clues about what’s happening in the rest of your body. It can even be the first place that signs of problems such as diabetes or heart disease show up.

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