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Your Mouth Holds the Key to Your Heart

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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Help Your Kids Have Healthy Smiles

What children eat and drink can have a big impact on their dental health. If you’re looking for a way to celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month, try incorporating some tooth-friendly choices into your family’s routine. But don’t forget to encourage good brushing and flossing habits as well! The saying “milk does a body good”… More »

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Kids at Higher Risk of Cavities Skipping Needed Preventive Treatments

Delta Dental Study of 97 Million Claims Details Many of Nation’s Children Not Taking Crucial Preventive Measures A landmark study of more than 97 million dental claims, conducted by Delta Dental Plans Association, found about two-thirds of children who are at higher risk of developing cavities aren’t getting recommended preventive dental care.1 Delta Dental’s Preventive Dental… More »

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Delta Dental’s Networks: What’s the Difference?

When you need dental care, choosing an in-network dentist is always a good idea. That’s because network dentists have agreed to offer reduced fees and abide by our policies – and have met industry standards for care, safety and cleanliness. However, your specific dental benefits plan may offer access to one or more of our… More »

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Why Buying Dental Coverage Makes Good Sense

While the Affordable Care Act requires individuals to have health insurance, it doesn’t require adults to have full dental coverage, nor does it require health plans to offer adult dental benefits. But if you don’t have dental coverage, you should seriously consider it. Here’s why. Compared to health insurance, dental coverage is relatively low cost…. More »


Big Game, Big Taste: Healthy Game Day Snacks

Whether you’re watching college bowl games, the NFL playoffs or preparing for the Super Bowl, you are more than likely preparing a menu of your favorite game day snacks for your next get together. Instead of opting for the usual game day treats, try one of these tooth-friendly substitutions for a pigskin party that’s delicious… More »

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Five tips to keep your sweet tooth healthy this holiday season

The holidays are a time for friends and family, but also for indulging in those inevitable seasonal sweets. Enjoying goodies is all part of the holiday fun, and Delta Dental of Illinois is offering some snacking tips so you don’t end up at the dentist with cavities after the New Year. “While not going overboard on… More »


Can Cold Weather Make Teeth Hurt?

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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How to Cool a Mouth Burn

After hours of building snowmen or clearing the driveway, warm treats and drinks are the perfect pick-me-up. But take special care – a sip of a scalding apple cider or steaming soup can result in a painful burnt mouth or tongue. If you make the mistake of diving into a hot beverage or food too… More »


Healthy Apple Cider

Ingredients 100% apple juice (no added sugar) 4–10 whole cloves 2–6 cardamom pods 1 whole cinnamon stick Directions Pour the apple juice in a large pot on the stove and stir in spices to taste – you may use more or less based on your own flavor preferences. Heat until warm. You can also combine… More »