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General oral health

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 11 causes of oral and oropharyngeal cancer — some may surprise you
    Apr. 15, 2020

    11 causes of oral and oropharyngeal cancer — some may surprise you

    General oral health

    Approximately 53,000 people will be diagnosed oral and oropharyngeal (mouth and throat) cancer this year. Mouth and throat cancers have several known high-risk factors – some of which you can control and some you can’t control. Knowing these risk factors is key to spotting and treating these cancers early.

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  • What is a dental emergency and what is not
    Apr. 10, 2020

    What is a dental emergency and what is not

    General oral health

    To help reduce the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), many dentists are only providing emergency dental care as directed by the American Dental Association (ADA). Learn what is considered a dental emergency and what is not to understand when to seek care or when it is safe to wait.

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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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  • 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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