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General oral health

  • 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

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    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

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

    Mouthwash 101: What it does and how to use it

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    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

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    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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