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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palates Explained

In the United States, nearly 6,800 babies are born with oral-facial clefts each year.1 Cleft lip and cleft palate occur during pregnancy when the sides of the lip and roof of the mouth don’t fuse together properly. Cleft palate vs. Cleft lip Cleft palate is what happens when the roof of the mouth doesn’t close… More »

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Oral Health on the Road

You may be getting ready for a well-deserved vacation. Do you know what to do if a dental disaster strikes when you’re miles from your regular dentist? We’re here to help your vacation. Find an In-Network Dentist Before you leave town, remember to become familiar with your dental coverage. Your plan details will indicate if… More »

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Three Nervous Habits That Are Harming Your Teeth

We’ve all got a nervous habit or two, whether it’s chewing nails, tapping toes or chomping gum. For the most part, nervous habits are harmless – but there are a few that can be bad news for oral health. Here are three to stop. Nail biting. Nibbling on your nails can stress your teeth and… More »

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Men’s Oral Health and Overall Health

Men’s Health Month is celebrated in June to remind men to take care of their health and to encourage regular doctor visits.  Studies show that men are less likely than women to take care of their health in general – and oral health even less likely. Oral health is linked to overall health so it’s… More »

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Five tips to keep teeth healthy this summer

Summer is great for slowing down and relaxing with friends and family, but Delta Dental of Illinois reminds Illinoisans that it isn’t the time to take a break from good oral health habits. “Daily routines usually become more relaxed during the summer months, but keeping up on healthy habits is still important,” said Katina Spadoni,… More »

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Baked Zucchini Sticks

The next time you’re craving french fries, try this version that substitutes zucchini for potatoes and breadcrumbs for frying. Cooked zucchini is a good source of Vitamin A, which is great for gum health. It’s not only tooth-friendly – it’s overall health-friendly! Ingredients: 3 medium zucchini, cut into 3” sticks 1 tablespoon salt 1 cup panko… More »

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Employee Wellness and Dental Benefits Matter

Dental benefits and employee wellness go hand in hand. Most dental plans promote preventive care and good oral health habits, which improve an employee’s overall health. By investing in employee health through offering dental coverage and other health benefits, companies can improve employee productivity and reduce costs associated with health care. Dental insurance is the… More »

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Raspberry and Peach Parfait

Ingredients: 2 peaches, cut into 2 ½ inch chunks 1 ½ cups raspberries 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice Vanilla yogurt (frozen or regular) Directions: Combine the peaches, raspberries and lemon juice in a large bowl. Let it sit for 20 minutes to allow flavors to combine. Place a scoop of yogurt into a glass or… More »

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When Pica Strikes: Substances Not for Snacking

When you reach for a snack, you may grab an apple, a cup of yogurt or cheese and crackers – not a stick of chalk. But for people with pica, an eating disorder that causes cravings for nonfood substances, those unorthodox eats are all too real. Pica can be caused by depression, stress, anxiety and… More »

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Dental X-rays and Your Overall Health

Most people who visit the dentist will have X-rays taken at some point. It’s natural to be concerned about potential risks from too much exposure to radiation. However, it is important to understand that X-rays are an often necessary and important part of the dental health examination process. “X-rays are an important tool for dentists… More »