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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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  • Dental Visits Decoded: Cleanings
    Aug. 29, 2016

    Dental Visits Decoded: Cleanings

    General oral health

    Has it been awhile since your last dental visit? Having a dental professional clean your teeth helps remove plaque, tartar and stains that you can't tackle on your own. In case it's been a while since you've found yourself in a dental chair, here's what you can expect when you go in for a cleaning.... More »

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  • Don't Be So Sensitive!
    Apr. 21, 2016

    Don't Be So Sensitive!

    General oral health

    You've likely experienced a little sensitivity when eating, perhaps after enjoying an ice-cold beverage or after biting into something particularly hot. Even breathing in a blast of cold air can sometimes cause discomfort. Why do some people experience sensitivity while others can eat whatever they want? Here are some of the most common causes. Exposed... More »

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  • Get Smart about Oral Cancer
    Apr. 11, 2016

    Get Smart about Oral Cancer

    General oral health

    About Oral Cancer Each day in the United States, 132 individuals are diagnosed with oral cancer, and each hour, someone will die from oral cancer.1 In all, over 39,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer each year. As a result of medical and technological advances and early detection, the survival rate has steadily improved... More »

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  • Your Mouth Holds the Key to Your Heart
    Feb. 12, 2016

    Your Mouth Holds the Key to Your Heart

    General oral health

    Did you know a healthy mouth can make your heart happy? It's true. Studies show people with periodontal (gum) disease often have heart disease, though it's unknown whether one causes the other.1 Whatever the connection, knowing about gum disease can help keep you protected. In its early stages, called gingivitis, gum disease can cause bleeding,... More »

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  • Can Cold Weather Make Teeth Hurt?
    Dec. 15, 2015

    Can Cold Weather Make Teeth Hurt?

    General oral health

    Just like a bite of ice cream or a sip of ice water, cold weather can make teeth hurt! There are a few reasons teeth may become especially sensitive to temperature changes: Sensitivity typically occurs when dentin, the tissue that makes up the core of each tooth, is exposed. A protective coating of enamel usually... More »

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  • Be a Floss Boss
    Nov. 24, 2015

    Be a Floss Boss

    General oral health

    Flossing is essential to maintaining a healthy smile. Even though at least 50 percent of people don't floss daily as recommended,1 taking time to do so is an important part of your oral health routine. It's the single best way to remove plaque from areas between teeth where your toothbrush can't reach.2 Unwaxed nylon dental floss on a... More »

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  • National Diabetes Month: Cases of Diabetes Rising at Alarming Rate
    Nov. 5, 2015

    National Diabetes Month: Cases of Diabetes Rising at Alarming Rate

    General oral health

    Diabetics may be at higher risk for oral health issues A record number of Illinois residents are suffering from diabetes, a disease that is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States.1 With more than one million reported cases last year, 2014 was the third consecutive year cases of diabetes have increased in... More »

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