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General oral health

  • Plan for healthier meals and healthier smiles
    Jan. 13, 2021

    Plan for healthier meals and healthier smiles

    General oral health

    Meal planning is a great way to eat healthy. Learn how planning ahead can help you eat a well-balanced diet and improve your health - including your oral health.

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  • Six steps toward a healthier 2021
    Jan. 11, 2021

    Six steps toward a healthier 2021

    General oral health

    As we journey on in 2021, New Year’s resolutions for wellness remain more important than ever — and staying healthy continues to beat the top of everyone’s minds. Your oral health is closely connected with your overall health. By taking care of your teeth and gums each day, you’re also taking steps toward better health and well-being for your whole body. If you have faltered on your New Year’s resolutions so far, don’t worry – it takes time to solidify new healthy habits.

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  • Thumbs up or thumbs down to movie snacks?
    Jan. 4, 2021

    Thumbs up or thumbs down to movie snacks?

    General oral health

    Are typical movie snacks good for your oral health? Find out what is healthier for your teeth and what should be avoided.

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  • What is preventive dental care?
    Dec. 16, 2020

    What is preventive dental care?

    General oral health

    Preventive dental care includes actions taken by a patient to prevent against oral diseases and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. These actions include daily brushing with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, flossing, and maintaining a healthy diet – along with scheduling regular oral exams and professional cleanings. Dental insurance plans tend to prioritize preventive dental care because of the important role it plays in overall oral health.

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  • Every part of your mouth plays a part in oral health
    Dec. 5, 2020

    Every part of your mouth plays a part in oral health

    General oral health

    Your mouth — also known as the oral cavity — shapes the appearance of your face and helps you eat, speak and breathe. It takes many parts working together to handle so many important jobs. Read more about the functions of the different parts of your mouth, and you’ll gain a greater appreciation for the importance of great oral health.

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  • Delta Dental of Illinois honored to help provide funding in oral health care for U.S. veterans
    Nov. 11, 2020

    Delta Dental of Illinois honored to help provide funding in oral health care for U.S. veterans

    General oral health

    This Veterans Day, Delta Dental of Illinois thanks the heroes who have bravely served our country and reaffirms our commitment to provide and support pathways for oral health care for our veterans. As a continued part of that commitment, Delta Dental of Illinois has partnered with Dental Lifeline Network’s (DLN) Lifeline Heroes Challenge for Veterans campaign. For many veterans, dental care is not covered by their insurance or their VA benefits.

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  • Protecting mental health can help oral health as cracked teeth due to stress on the rise during COVID-19
    Nov. 4, 2020

    Protecting mental health can help oral health as cracked teeth due to stress on the rise during COVID-19

    General oral health

    If you feel worry, fear or anxiety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. These overwhelming emotions can impact everything from sleeping and eating habits to having consequences for your oral health.

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  • Dental and vision exams can help detect diabetes early
    Oct. 30, 2020

    Dental and vision exams can help detect diabetes early

    General oral health

    This November during American Diabetes Month, Delta Dental of Illinois is partnering with the American Diabetes Association to bring awareness to the growing prevalence of diabetes and risks associated with the disease.

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  • Consumers believe maintaining good oral health essential to protecting overall health during pandemic
    Oct. 16, 2020

    Consumers believe maintaining good oral health essential to protecting overall health during pandemic

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois applauds those who continue to make their oral health care a priority as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. According to new consumer survey data, a majority (86%) of Americans believe maintaining good oral health is essential to protecting oral and overall health throughout the pandemic.

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  • National Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Delta Dental of Illinois Board Member Continues to Find Ways to Mentor, Lead Hispanic Professionals and Promote Diversity
    Oct. 16, 2020

    National Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Delta Dental of Illinois Board Member Continues to Find Ways to Mentor, Lead Hispanic Professionals and Promote Diversity

    General oral health

    Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and represents a time to celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Americans with ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. As part of our commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we interviewed Omar Duque, a member of our Board of Directors since 2017 and former chairman of the Strategic Planning Committee.

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  • 9 ways to take great care of your gums
    Oct. 10, 2020

    9 ways to take great care of your gums

    General oral health

    Does it hurt when you brush your teeth? Or maybe you have noticed your gums bleeding when you floss. If this happens regularly, do not ignore it, as this could be an early sign of gum disease. Here are some ways to improve gum health to stop bleeding and pain and prevent gum problems from becoming more serious.

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  • How to floss your teeth properly
    Sep. 5, 2020

    How to floss your teeth properly

    General oral health

    Most people know that they should floss once a day, but not everyone knows why. Brushing your teeth does an excellent job of removing plaque from tooth surfaces, but brushing alone isn’t enough to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. With a proper flossing regimen, you can remove left over food particles and plaque from the places a toothbrush cannot easily reach – think the spaces between your teeth and under the gum line.

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  • Learn the proper technique for brushing your teeth
    Aug. 4, 2020

    Learn the proper technique for brushing your teeth

    General oral health

    You know brushing your teeth is important, but how you go about doing so can make a significant difference in your long-term oral health. If you fail to brush your teeth thoroughly and with a good technique, your teeth may look and feel clean, but layers of plaque will build up in hard-to-reach places and cause tooth decay. Eventually some of it will harden into tartar, collect more plaque, causing gum damage and other unwanted oral health issues.

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  • Battle of the Brushes: Electric vs. Manual
    Jul. 25, 2020

    Battle of the Brushes: Electric vs. Manual

    General oral health

    Strong oral health begins with instilling the daily habits of brushing and flossing your teeth. The recommended brush time of two minutes twice daily ultimately adds up to 1,460 minutes of brushing your teeth each year. That is more than one full day of brushing. With all that brushing, you want to have a toothbrush you are comfortable with and is the best choice for you personally. Learning more about manual and electric toothbrushes will help you to decide which kind of toothbrush you prefer.

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  • National Junk Food Day also a reminder to eat healthy, including during summer
    Jul. 21, 2020

    National Junk Food Day also a reminder to eat healthy, including during summer

    General oral health

    National Junk Food Day, recognized July 21, may be a time people think about their favorite junk foods or have a “cheat day” from their otherwise healthier diets. But this day can serve as a reminder it is important to be conscious of one’s diet and avoid eating too much junk food. With summer sports in full swing, it may be especially easy to grab snacks and drinks that aren't very tooth friendly. However, healthy, nutritious snacks can be just as convenient with a little planning.

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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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