General oral health

  • How often should I see my dentist?
    Sep. 23, 2021

    How often should I see my dentist?

    General oral health

    Doyou still need to visit your dentist on a regular basis. The answer is yes! Even if you take good care of your teeth and gums at home, it’s still important that you regularly visit your dentist who is professionally trained to check for problems you may not see or feel yourself. The truth is, many dental problems like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in the more advanced stage, which makes treatment and follow-up all the more extensive.

  • Delta Dental of Illinois names new director of client services
    Sep. 16, 2021

    Delta Dental of Illinois names new director of client services

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois is pleased to announce the hiring of Alyce K. Buchanan as director of client services. In this role, Buchanan will be responsible for the company’s customer service operations, developing the service business plan and related strategies to ensure a customer-centric focus.

  • Biting your fingernails can harm your mouth
    Sep. 13, 2021

    Biting your fingernails can harm your mouth

    General oral health

    Nail biting can spread harmful bacteria, viruses and more from your fingers to your mouth. This can increase your risk of colds and other infections. The risk is particularly high in children because they have less developed immune systems than adults and may not always wash their hands properly.

  • Delta Dental of Illinois encourages focus on oral health for older adults during Healthy Aging Month
    Sep. 9, 2021

    Delta Dental of Illinois encourages focus on oral health for older adults during Healthy Aging Month

    General oral health

    Healthy Aging Month - While good daily oral hygiene is important for everyone, older adults can be at greater risk for oral health conditions such as gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer. All Illinoisans should maintain good daily oral health habits like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist, but older adults have special oral health care needs, which makes preventive care even more vital.

  • Dementia and oral health
    Sep. 3, 2021

    Dementia and oral health

    General oral health

    Having a condition, such as dementia, can also make it more difficult to practice good daily oral hygiene, increasing the risk for gum disease and tooth decay. To reduce gum disease and tooth decay, here are tips for caregivers helping assist individuals with dementia.

  • What are the benefits of root canal treatment?
    Aug. 27, 2021

    What are the benefits of root canal treatment?

    General oral health

    Aside from easing pain and discomfort, you may wonder what the benefits of a root canal treatment are. We discuss the advantages of getting a root canal below.

  • The timeline for teeth
    Aug. 20, 2021

    The timeline for teeth

    General oral health

    Did you know your teeth started to develop before you were born? Here’s how teeth develop and grow from infancy through childhood.

  • Sports mouth guards to protect against dental injuries
    Aug. 13, 2021

    Sports mouth guards to protect against dental injuries

    General oral health

    Sports mouth guards, also called mouth protectors or athletic mouth guards, are devices that are used to protect the teeth, gums and soft tissues of the mouth from sports-related injuries. The American Dental Association recommends people of all ages use a mouth guard if they are participating in contact sports or other activities that could cause mouth or dental injury.

  • What are the different types of dentists?
    Jul. 10, 2021

    What are the different types of dentists?

    General oral health

    How do you know which dentist is right for you? Let’s learn more. General dentists and specialists – what services do they provide?

  • You can eat a vegetarian diet and keep a healthy smile
    Jul. 2, 2021

    You can eat a vegetarian diet and keep a healthy smile

    General oral health

    Some research shows eating a vegetarian diet can help prevent cancer, lower cholesterol, reduce weight and decrease the risk of high blood pressure and heart disease. These diets frequently contain less fat and fewer calories, along with more fiber and nutrients like potassium and vitamin C.

  • Delta Dental of Illinois names new vice president
    Jun. 25, 2021

    Delta Dental of Illinois names new vice president

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois is pleased to announce the hiring of Rheaana Guess as vice president, people and diversity officer. This position reflects the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion.

  • 5 smile-friendly ways to live longer
    Jun. 21, 2021

    5 smile-friendly ways to live longer

    General oral health

    Many of the same practices that can help you live longer also assist in keeping your smile healthy for a lifetime. In fact, older people are keeping their natural teeth longer than ever.

  • How dental benefits improve oral health
    Jun. 3, 2021

    How dental benefits improve oral health

    General oral health

    Good oral health habits and visiting the dentist regularly for preventive care can help you improve your overall health.

  • New report shows Americans prioritized oral health during COVID-19 pandemic
    May 10, 2021

    New report shows Americans prioritized oral health during COVID-19 pandemic

    General oral health

    The 2020 report shows Americans prioritized oral health as part of maintaining overall health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report comes at a time when Americans are more focused on healthcare than ever before.

  • Dealing with dental anxiety
    May 3, 2021

    Dealing with dental anxiety

    General oral health

    Avoiding dental care often leads to poorer oral health, pain and more costly and complex dental procedures in the future. That’s why it’s so important for people with dental anxiety to confront it. Here’s what causes dental anxiety and how you can overcome it.

  • A time to focus on women’s health
    May 1, 2021

    A time to focus on women’s health

    General oral health

    May is an ideal time for women to focus on their health and well-being. It’s also a time for women to get the care they need, especially after a year that may have taken a disproportionate toll on their health.