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Your Health For Tag "holiday"

  • Keeping smiles happy when family comes to town
    Dec. 14, 2018

    Keeping smiles happy when family comes to town

    General oral health

    If you're hosting holiday celebrations at your place, add a little prep time to ensure your family's smiles stay sparkling – especially for relatives traveling from out of town. Consider stopping by the store beforehand to stock up on these oral health supplies: Extra floss, toothpaste and new toothbrushes in case someone forgets theirs. Mouth-friendly... More »

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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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  • Three Ways to Keep Your Smile Healthy During the Hectic Holiday Season
    Dec. 4, 2018

    Three Ways to Keep Your Smile Healthy During the Hectic Holiday Season

    General oral health

    While the holiday season is a joyous time of year, last-minute shopping, overspending, overscheduling and extended family visits can make it a nail-biting season, too. Although you should take care of your oral health throughout the year, it's important to realize that holiday angst can affect the health of your smile. Stress can do a... More »

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  • Quick pumpkin pudding
    Nov. 12, 2018

    Quick pumpkin pudding

    Recipes

    Pumpkin is a staple of the season and a super good source of vitamin A for gum health and enamel strength.1 To avoid the sugar and starch often found in pumpkin pie, try this festive sugar-free recipe for pumpkin pudding. Ingredients: 1 package (5.1 ounces) of sugar-free vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix 12... More »

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  • A full Thanksgiving menu of mouth-friendly nutrients
    Nov. 12, 2018

    A full Thanksgiving menu of mouth-friendly nutrients

    General oral health

    Nutritious foods show up in abundance during November's festivities. If you're searching for nutrients that'll help your smile, learn where they might be hiding in your Thanksgiving meal.   Main dishes Turkey is rich in protein, which means it contains high amounts of phosphorus.1 Phosphorus is important for strengthening bones and teeth as well as... More »

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  • Halloween Treats that Will Scare Away – or Attract – Monster Cavities
    Oct. 5, 2018

    Halloween Treats that Will Scare Away – or Attract – Monster Cavities

    Children’s Oral Health

    Children will be decked out in costumes this Halloween – and they'll also bring home bags filled with sugary chocolate, hard candy, gum, caramel and other cavity-causing treats. But don't be scared: Delta Dental of Illinois has advice on choosing the best kinds of candy to keep your child's smile healthy during this spine-chilling season.... More »

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  • Crustless Spinach Quiche
    May 9, 2018

    Crustless Spinach Quiche

    Recipes

    This Mother's Day, surprise mom with breakfast in bed – but be sure to choose a recipe that'll make her Mother's Day and her smile happy. This recipe for crustless spinach quiche has loads of mouth-healthy nutrients like calcium from the cheese, folic acid from the spinach and protein from the eggs. Plus, choosing a... More »

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  • Rainbow Salsa
    Mar. 27, 2018

    Rainbow Salsa

    Recipes

    Ingredients: 3 tomatoes, diced 1 jalapeno pepper, diced and seeded 1 large red bell pepper, diced 1 large green bell pepper, diced 1 large yellow bell pepper, diced 1 15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained 2/3 cup chopped red onion 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons lime... More »

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  • The Effects of Alcohol on Teeth
    Mar. 12, 2018

    The Effects of Alcohol on Teeth

    General oral health

    It's common to indulge in a libation or two to celebrate St. Patrick's Day – but will your smile feel the effects the next day? Here are a few ways to combat potential oral health issues while raising your glass to the Irish. Stay hydrated. Drinks containing spirits are especially drying to the mouth. A... More »

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  • A Rainbow of Foods to Keep Your Smile Healthy
    Mar. 1, 2018

    A Rainbow of Foods to Keep Your Smile Healthy

    General oral health

    You may not discover a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick's Day, but there are other ways rainbows can make you smile this month. These colorful fruits and veggies are full of flavor and will help keep your smile sparkling. Red: Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C,... More »

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  • The Original Tooth Fairy Poll
    Feb. 28, 2018

    The Original Tooth Fairy Poll

    Children’s Oral Health

    Tooth Fairy payouts dip 15 percent in Midwest Illinois kids still pocket more than $9 million for lost baby teeth The Tooth Fairy tightened her purse strings after an all-time high payout for lost teeth in 2016. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental, the going rate for a lost tooth... More »

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  • Snacks That Will Make Your Guests Smile
    Feb. 26, 2018

    Snacks That Will Make Your Guests Smile

    General oral health

    Whether you're hosting your book club or throwing a game-day bash, you can help your guests take care of their smiles as well as their taste buds. Rosé?1  No way. Champagne, prosecco and rosé may be having their moment in the spotlight, but these trendy tipples can be hard on tooth enamel because of their... More »

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  • All the President's Teeth
    Feb. 19, 2018

    All the President's Teeth

    General oral health

    Celebrate President's Day on February 19! To mark the holiday that honors presidents of the United States, we're taking a look at a job that comes with a little less fanfare: the presidents' dentist. If you find it hard to carve time out of your busy day to go to the dentist, imagine how difficult... More »

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  • Your Dental Benefits in the New Year
    Jan. 10, 2018

    Your Dental Benefits in the New Year

    Dental benefit information

    Now that we've flipped the calendar to the new year, 2018 planning is underway for many. As you're organizing your finances and other paperwork, it's also a great time to check on the status of your dental benefits. First, check to see if your dental benefits renew at the calendar year or the contract year,... More »

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  • Get a Fit Smile This Year!
    Jan. 5, 2018

    Get a Fit Smile This Year!

    General oral health

    The new year is a time for picking resolutions and sticking to them (for as long as possible). In addition to working out and eating healthy, why not consider the “fitness” of your teeth? Along with building strong muscles, take these steps to build strong enamel.1 Limit sugary foods and drinks. Bacteria in your mouth... More »

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  • Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cups
    Dec. 20, 2017

    Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cups

    Recipes

    Ingredients: 5 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate 2 tablespoons butter, divided 4-6 packets powdered stevia 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural peanut butter 2 teaspoons almond meal/flour 2 droppers plain liquid stevia Directions: Melt the chocolate with 1 tablespoon butter. Add stevia to taste. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and stir until smooth. Place 1 teaspoon... More »

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