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  • What to expect when returning to the dentist
    Jul. 6, 2020

    What to expect when returning to the dentist

    General oral health

    As COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, many dental practices have reopened to help patients meet their oral health needs. While infection control was always a top priority, dental offices are now taking additional safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, following state and national guidelines to help keep patients and staff healthy.

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  • Protecting your smile in the sun
    Jul. 2, 2020

    Protecting your smile in the sun

    General oral health

    July is UV Safety Month, so it’s a great time to read up on the importance of sun protection. You might be surprised to learn that one of the areas you should pay close attention to is your smile. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. While the CDC notes shade can reduce the risk of skin damage and sun cancer and recommends using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing out in the heat.

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  • Grilled foods taste good. But are they good for your teeth?
    Jun. 26, 2020

    Grilled foods taste good. But are they good for your teeth?

    General oral health

    If you like to add a little sizzle to your summer, you’ve probably already cooked some mouth-watering foods on your grill this season. But don’t forget to keep your smile in mind. Here are some foods to get fired up about grilling — and a few to avoid putting on your cookout menu — to maintain good oral health.

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  • Easy grilled chicken with homemade dry rub
    Jun. 18, 2020

    Easy grilled chicken with homemade dry rub

    Recipes

    This perfect blend of spices adds a new level of flavor to juicy grilled chicken breasts. The grilled chicken breast is rich in protein and phosphorus for strong teeth. And, unlike barbecue sauces, the dry rub recipe for chicken enhances the taste without adding cavity-causing sugar.

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  • Mouthwash 101: What it does and how to use it
    Jun. 17, 2020

    Mouthwash 101: What it does and how to use it

    General oral health

    Mouthwash, also known as mouthrinse, offers a solution to bad breath and can also be an excellent way to supplement your oral health routine. It is designed to be held in the mouth for a period of time, swished around, and then spit out. Mouthwash typically contains antimicrobial and other ingredients designed to inhibit odor-causing sulfur compounds, as well as reduce the bacteria that cause gingivitis and gum disease.

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  • Men's Oral Health
    Jun. 9, 2020

    Men's Oral Health

    General oral health

    Studies show that men are less likely than women to take care of their health in general - and oral health even less. Good oral health is linked to longevity and men are less likely to visit a dentist for regular preventive dental care, often neglecting their oral health and only visiting a dentist when a problem arises. Regular dental cleanings and exams, along with daily flossing and twice-daily brushing, are key to maintaining a healthy smile.

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  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Seeking Applications for Community Grants
    Jun. 1, 2020

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Seeking Applications for Community Grants

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is accepting applications for its annual Community Grants Program that has awarded about $1.2 million over the past seven years to Illinois organizations dedicated to improving children’s oral health. Applications for the 2020 Community Grants Program will be accepted from June 1 until 5 p.m. Aug. 3. The Foundation has doubled the maximum amount of the grants this year. One-year grants will range from $1,000 to $20,000.

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  • What to Know About Dental Offices Reopening
    Jun. 1, 2020

    What to Know About Dental Offices Reopening

    General oral health

    Routine dental exams are crucial to your oral health and overall wellness. During the COVID-19 pandemic, you may have had to reschedule a preventive checkup. Choosing when to return to the dentist is a personal choice and you may notice a few changes for added safety measures. Here is what you may experience as you return to the dentist.

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  • Baked avocado egg
    May 23, 2020

    Baked avocado egg

    Recipes

    Break up your breakfast routine! Pair your egg with a creamy and tasty baked avocado. Together, avocados and eggs provide a protein-packed start to your day. They’re full of vitamins C and D, potassium and phosphorus for strong teeth and healthy gums.

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  • Protecting your mental health can help your oral health
    May 4, 2020

    Protecting your mental health can help your oral health

    General oral health

    If you are experiencing more worry, fear or anxiety during this pandemic, you aren’t alone. These overwhelming emotions can affect your sleeping and eating habits — and may even have consequences for your oral health. May is Mental Health Month, a time to raise awareness about mental health issues, provide support and remove the stigma surrounding mental health. The timing is more important than ever.

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  • Focus on yourself every day, not just Mother’s Day
    May 3, 2020

    Focus on yourself every day, not just Mother’s Day

    General oral health

    Flowers. Cards. Gifts. Breakfast in bed. A day of relaxation. If you’re a mom, you may get special treatment on Mother’s Day. Why wait for Mother’s Day? You spend a lot of time making sure your family is healthy and happy, but you also deserve to focus on yourself. Take great care of your oral health with these tips, and you’ll see the results in your smile and overall health.

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  • Why positive surprises can make you smile
    May 1, 2020

    Why positive surprises can make you smile

    General oral health

    Whether it’s a nice note or a thoughtful gift, a pleasant surprise can make your day. Here’s what’s happening when a surprise makes you smile. How you progress from surprised to smiling

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  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Announce New H2O On the Go Grant Program
    Apr. 30, 2020

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation Announce New H2O On the Go Grant Program

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation today announced the new H2O On the Go grant program to replace existing water fountains with new water bottle-filling stations at Illinois elementary, middle and high schools. The Foundations are launching this program as part of their initiatives to improve the overall health and well-being of Illinois children. The new water bottle-filling stations are made by Elkay, headquartered in Downers Grove.

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  • Baked Falafel
    Apr. 24, 2020

    Baked Falafel

    Recipes

    Enjoy this savory treat that’s packed with spices. It’s just as tasty as fried falafel but much healthier. Plus, the chickpeas are rich in protein that protects your tooth enamel and fiber that cleans your mouth and gums.

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  • Stay Healthy. Keep Smiling
    Apr. 22, 2020

    Stay Healthy. Keep Smiling

    General oral health

    In this ongoing uncertain time, we remain steadfast in our commitment to the health and safety of those we serve. We are here for our members and know that right now, a smile can go a long way. Though we cannot currently do things like visit family and friends or dine at restaurants, we still have the ability to brighten someone’s day with a smile, whether from six feet away or virtually.

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  • 6 easy ways to protect your smile
    Apr. 21, 2020

    6 easy ways to protect your smile

    General oral health

    Most people don’t realize how easy it can be to incorporate healthy behaviors into their regular routines. Here are some simple ways to enjoy better oral health.

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