The Benefits of Getting Braces as an Adult

We often think of braces and other orthodontic treatments as being for adolescents, but plenty of adults get wired as well. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 1 million adults in the U.S. have orthodontia. Some adults may seek straightening for aesthetic reasons – though their teeth may not be… More »

Don’t Be So Sensitive!

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 »

Cucumber Roll-Ups Recipe

Ingredients: 1 cucumber 1 1/2 cups Greek yogurt 1 tablespoon curry powder 1 tablespoon lime juice Salt and pepper to taste Ham, turkey or other add-ins Directions: Use a vegetable peeler to slice the cucumber into thin strips, lengthwise. Mix together the yogurt, curry powder and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper to taste…. More »

Stress From Tax Day Can Negatively Impact Your Oral Health

The month of April and especially April 18th may be more taxing for many Americans as they work to finalize their taxes – talk about a stressful time! Speaking of stress, April was designated National Stress Awareness Month by the Health Resource Network (HRN) in an effort to bring awareness to the dangers associated with… More »

Get Smart about Oral Cancer

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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Helping Kids with Autism Have Healthy Smiles

April is National Autism Awareness Month, and here at Delta Dental of Illinois, we’ve been talking a lot lately about the challenges that people with autism face when it comes to oral care and how to overcome them. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects people differently, and there is no “typical” profile of autism. Some children… More »

Does Laughing Gas Really Make You Laugh?

“Relax, take deep breaths and count back from 100,” is something your dentist may have told you before undergoing a complex dental procedure. You’ve been informed that you will be inhaling laughing gas, but oral surgery is no laughing matter – so where does the name come from? Dentists use laughing gas, also known as… More »

No Mouthguard? That’s Madness.

Certain college basketball teams may be smiling this month as they advance further in the big tournament – but if they don’t wear mouthguards, those smiles won’t last long. Players who don’t use mouth protection may think the likelihood of a mouth injury is small, but earlier this season, two NBA players inadvertently made the… More »

Celebrate World Oral Health Day

Every year on March 20, more than 100 countries unite for World Oral Health Day1 to celebrate the importance of good oral hygiene. The 2016 theme “It all starts here. Healthy mouth. Healthy body,” acknowledges that good oral health affects more than just your smile.  In fact, more than 120 diseases, including diabetes, HIV, psoriasis,… More »