General oral health

  • Let Go of Winter Mouth Woes
    Jan. 3, 2022

    Let Go of Winter Mouth Woes

    General oral health

    The holidays are over, but the chilly winter weather is still going strong. Sledding, skating and snowmen are among the most enjoyable winter hobbies. While winter can bring grins, the frigid temps tend to trigger mouth problems. Much like a snowflake, each person's set of teeth is unique.

  • Illinoisans remain focused on health as new year arrives
    Dec. 28, 2021

    Illinoisans remain focused on health as new year arrives

    General oral health

    The start of a new year is a great time to take this focus and use it to make a positive change in our lives. That includes continuing preventive steps to better take care of our oral and overall health.

  • How much calcium do you need?
    Dec. 20, 2021

    How much calcium do you need?

    General oral health

    Calcium is key to maintaining strong, healthy teeth and bones. It strengthens tooth enamel — the hard outer shell — and helps maintain the bone that supports your teeth. Healthy enamel protects your teeth from cavities and erosion. Calcium in your saliva can even help repair damage to teeth caused by acids. However, a lack of calcium can increase your risk for gum disease.

  • How what you eat affects your smile
    Dec. 17, 2021

    How what you eat affects your smile

    General oral health

    A healthy diet can help prevent or slow the effects of tooth decay and gum disease. Fruits, vegetables, dairy products, protein-rich foods and nuts are healthful for your teeth and gums.

  • What is gum disease?
    Dec. 6, 2021

    What is gum disease?

    General oral health

    Gum disease refers to infections of the gum and bone tissues that surround your teeth. This kind of infection is also known by the technical names of gingivitis and periodontal disease. While improper oral health habits are a main cause of gum disease, a complex mix of genetic, systemic, local, and environmental factors also play a role in its development and progression.

  • Chew on this — sugarless gum can be good for teeth
    Nov. 12, 2021

    Chew on this — sugarless gum can be good for teeth

    General oral health

    Gum sweetened with sugar or corn syrup can contribute to plaque buildup, lead to erosion of your teeth’s enamel and increase your cavity risk. The more often you chew gum with sugar and the longer you chew each time, the more damage it can do.

  • Delta Dental of Illinois a proud contributor to oral health campaign for veterans
    Nov. 11, 2021

    Delta Dental of Illinois a proud contributor to oral health campaign for veterans

    General oral health

    On Veterans Day, Delta Dental of Illinois thanks veterans and active members of our armed services for bravely serving our country and underscores its ongoing commitment to expanding access to oral health care.

  • The oral health impact of diabetes
    Oct. 25, 2021

    The oral health impact of diabetes

    General oral health

    People with diabetes have a higher risk of both oral health issues and serious overall health complications. It’s a chronic disease that is the seventh-leading cause of death in Illinois.

  • The negative effects of soda can be hard to swallow
    Oct. 5, 2021

    The negative effects of soda can be hard to swallow

    General oral health

    The debate continues. Should you call that fizzy carbonated drink pop or soda? Whichever side you’re on, there’s one thing that’s not up for debate: Soda is not good for your health. It contains no essential nutrients — no vitamins, minerals or fiber — and regular soda is full of calories. Drinking sugary soft drinks has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, fatty liver disease and an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.

  • 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

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    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.