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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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  • Healthier blueberry muffins
    Aug. 29, 2020

    Healthier blueberry muffins

    Recipes

    You’ll never taste the difference, but these moist, fluffy muffins are healthier because they’re made with whole-wheat flour. And they’re loaded with tasty blueberries — an antioxidant superfood! The blueberries and whole-grain fiber both work to help fight gum disease.

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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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  • 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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  • The link between gum disease and heart disease
    Feb. 6, 2020

    The link between gum disease and heart disease

    General oral health

    Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States, and studies show a relationship between heart disease and gum disease. February is American Heart Month and a great time to learn how a healthy smile can lead to a healthy heart. Gum disease, also referred to as periodontal disease, is an infection and inflammation of the gum tissues and bone that hold your teeth in place. In its early stage, it’s called gingivitis and can cause inflamed, red gums that bleed.

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  • Talking with kids about the dangers of vaping
    Feb. 6, 2020

    Talking with kids about the dangers of vaping

    Children’s Oral Health

    It’s never too early to talk with your kids about the dangers of tobacco, especially given the explosive growth of vaping. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a great time to address the issue. Here’s why there’s reason for concern: The use of e-cigarettes among Illinois high schoolers increased by 45% between 2016 and 2018.

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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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