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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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  • How healthy teeth are linked to rocks
    Jan. 14, 2020

    How healthy teeth are linked to rocks

    General oral health

    Fluoride — a key mineral for strong teeth — originates in rocks. It’s then released into soil, water and air. So if fluoride is naturally found in water, why is it added to our water supplies and toothpaste? Before we answer, let’s explore why the American Dental Association labeled fluoride “nature’s cavity fighter.”

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  • The essential mineral for a healthy smile
    Jan. 8, 2020

    The essential mineral for a healthy smile

    General oral health

    When you think about calcium, the first thing that may come to mind is its role in building strong bones. Yet it does so much more than that. Calcium is needed to help your heart and nerves work properly and for your blood to clot.

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  • Tuscan bean soup
    Dec. 23, 2019

    Tuscan bean soup

    Recipes

    Here’s a good way to warm up this winter: Try this delicious soup recipe. It’s not only satisfying, but it’s also packed full of good-for-your-teeth veggies like carrots, celery and spinach.

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  • No dental insurance? Protect your oral health with an individual plan.
    Dec. 6, 2019

    No dental insurance? Protect your oral health with an individual plan.

    Dental benefit information

    With the end of the year approaching, you still have a few weeks to schedule a preventive checkup with your dentist and make use of your dental benefits — or consider getting a plan for next year. Did you know that more than 2 in 5 Americans (44%), or more than 100 million people, lack dental insurance? Don’t be among them. People with dental insurance are 40% more likely than those without coverage to see the dentist each year (77% v. 46%).

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  • Why proprietary dental networks have higher standards
    Dec. 5, 2019

    Why proprietary dental networks have higher standards

    Dental benefit information

    With a proprietary dental network, the dental benefits provider contracts directly with their network of dentists. While under a leased dental network, a dental benefits company will lease their network of dentists, or a portion of it, from a third-party provider to gain access to its dentists.

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  • Wet your whistle . . . and other ways to relieve dry mouth
    Dec. 3, 2019

    Wet your whistle . . . and other ways to relieve dry mouth

    General oral health

    Do you get dry eyes, dry skin and dry mouth this time of year? Many people tend to blame the cold, dry winter air that seeps into homes in much of the country. But it’s not actually the main cause of dry mouth.

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  • Four ways to keep your mouth healthy during cold and flu season
    Dec. 2, 2019

    Four ways to keep your mouth healthy during cold and flu season

    General oral health

    If you’re like the average adult, you’ll get two or three colds a year, and they’ll last between seven and 10 days.1 And when flu season hits, about 8% of people in the U.S. get the flu.2 It might be easier to get through cold and flu season, while protecting your smile, when you try these tips to ease symptoms and avoid mouth complications.

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