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  • Why cigars can be just as dangerous as cigarettes
    Nov. 1, 2019

    Why cigars can be just as dangerous as cigarettes

    General oral health

    Once largely the domain of older men, cigar smoking is now also popular with teens. In fact, a higher percentage of high school students than adults say they smoke cigars, with flavored cigars likely driving youth appeal.Unfortunately, this habit can not only lead to oral health problems, but it’s also addictive and can be just as dangerous as smoking cigarettes. Teens are especially vulnerable to nicotine addiction.

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  • How much is stress costing your business?
    Aug. 9, 2019

    How much is stress costing your business?

    General oral health

    While it’s not surprising that stress in the workplace has a negative effect on productivity, the full extent of the problem can be startling. Stress costs employers more than $300 billion annually. That’s due in part to employees who report high stress levels being less engaged, less productive and missing more work than those who don’t have excessive stress. In fact, 1 million workers are absent every day due to stress, with stressed employees taking more than 4.6 sick days per year compare

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  • How your mouth influences your health from head to toe
    Aug. 5, 2019

    How your mouth influences your health from head to toe

    General oral health

    A healthy smile improves social interactions, communication and the ability to perform well in work and school. But there are many more reasons to maintain great oral health. The National Academy of Medicine reports that oral health is connected to good overall health and oral diseases can exacerbate health problems outside of the mouth.

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  • Four Ways You Could Be at Risk for Tooth Loss
    May 1, 2019

    Four Ways You Could Be at Risk for Tooth Loss

    General oral health

    Older Americans are keeping their teeth longer than ever.1 Here’s more good news: Some causes of tooth loss can be in your control. That’s why it is so important to maintain a good oral health routine and visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

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  • What your family history says about your teeth
    Mar. 1, 2019

    What your family history says about your teeth

    General oral health

    Your genetics may provide a window into your risk for oral health issues. Understanding your family history can help you stay prepared to keep cavities and gum disease at bay. Your parents probably told you candy causes cavities, but that’s not the only thing that causes them. Risk for cavities is 60 percent due to genetic factors such as preference for sweets, teeth enamel strength and saliva composition, according to the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine.1 If members of your f

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  • Choosing Between a General and Pediatric Dentist
    Feb. 15, 2019

    Choosing Between a General and Pediatric Dentist

    Children’s Oral Health

    When looking for a dentist for your children, it can be tough to know who to see. Should you search for a general family dentist or would your children benefit from pediatric care? You can’t go wrong either way, but it’s good to have all the facts before you make a decision. Similarities Both accredited general and pediatric dentists have the training necessary to offer a high level of care to children. If you have an existing relationship with a family dentist you trust to provide quality care,

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  • How to Prevent Gum Disease and Maintain a Healthy Smile
    Feb. 6, 2019

    How to Prevent Gum Disease and Maintain a Healthy Smile

    General oral health

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis, or gum disease. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, affect overall health and be aggravated by poor oral health habits, smoking, medication and an unhealthy diet.1 In honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month, take a moment to learn how periodontal (gum) disease can affect your health and how to prevent it.

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  • The benefits of laughing are no joke
    Dec. 8, 2018

    The benefits of laughing are no joke

    General oral health

    Holidays are a great time to spend with family, and laughing with relatives is one of the best parts of the season. Whether you're barely giggling or totally cracking up, laughter can have positive effects on your oral and overall health. Read on to learn what a good laugh can do for you. Reduce your... More »

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  • Shining a Spotlight on the Oral Health in Illinois
    Sep. 27, 2018

    Shining a Spotlight on the Oral Health in Illinois

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois covers the smiles of 2 million individuals nationwide, and we know first-hand the importance of oral health and its connection to well-being for both adults and children. For this reason, we recently commissioned the sixth annual Delta Dental of Illinois Children's Oral Health Survey and Adult's Oral Health and Well-Being Survey.... More »

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  • What Happens During a Regular Dental Check-up
    Aug. 3, 2018

    What Happens During a Regular Dental Check-up

    General oral health

    Each year, 100 million Americans forego a dental visit, and that's a big problem when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile.1 Before your calendar fills up with work events, school activities, and more, schedule routine dental appointments for yourself and your family. No matter how good your oral hygiene habits may be, a dental... More »

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  • May is Women's Health Month
    May 8, 2018

    May is Women's Health Month

    General oral health

    According to a new survey by Delta Dental of Illinois, 1 in 5 women in Illinois have been told they have gum disease1, which has been linked to several health problems affecting women. May is Women's Health Month, and Delta Dental of Illinois wants to educate women about the unique oral health needs they face.... More »

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  • November is Diabetes Awareness Month
    Nov. 10, 2017

    November is Diabetes Awareness Month

    General oral health

    Regular dental exams could be the first line of defense against diabetes While more than a million Illinoisans have been diagnosed with diabetes, an additional 350,000 have the disease but are unaware. Yet a regular dental exam could be all that's needed to provide a clue, according to a dental expert from Delta Dental of... More »

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  • MLB Hits Smokeless Tobacco Out of the Park
    Jul. 5, 2017

    MLB Hits Smokeless Tobacco Out of the Park

    General oral health

    Major League Baseball parks across the country have banned smokeless tobacco, a play that will help encourage fans and players to kick a habit that's bad for oral and overall health.1 The biggest winners of the new rule may be our nation's kids, who will no longer see and want to mimic their favorite baseball... More »

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  • Why Men Should Take Better Care of Their Smiles
    Jun. 1, 2017

    Why Men Should Take Better Care of Their Smiles

    General oral health

    The men in our lives are important to us – which is why we should remind them how essential it is to take good care of their grins. Certain lifestyle choices and habits may put men at a disadvantage when it comes to oral health, but smiles are important – so their oral health care... More »

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  • Importance of Women's Oral Health Care
    May 6, 2017

    Importance of Women's Oral Health Care

    General oral health

    Discover How Hormones Affect Women's Oral Health this Women's Health Month Good oral health habits help protect against tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues. However, women are more susceptible to changing hormone levels from puberty, certain types of birth control, pregnancy and menopause, and these hormone changes can impact oral health. May... More »

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  • Are Oral Health Issues Genetic?
    Feb. 2, 2017

    Are Oral Health Issues Genetic?

    General oral health

    Your father gave you more than just your eye color and your sense of humor. There's a chance he also gave you an increased risk for periodontal disease. Just like other traits, you can inherit oral health issues from your family. That's why it's important to know your family's medical history, including these oral health... More »

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