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Dental Professionals Decoded

Your general dentist is just one of the many professionals who can help you maintain a healthy smile. There are a lot of “odontists” out there – from ones who help with appliances like braces to others who specialize in restorations. Here are a few of the most common specialized dentistry professionals. Endodontists are dentists… More »

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Tax Day Stress Can Affect Your Oral Health

Every year as April 15 approaches, we can all get a little stressed and frazzled as we work to file our taxes by the deadline.  Even though Tax Day can be stressful, it’s important to take the time to de-stress and learn how stress can affect your teeth. Stress can impact your oral health and possibly cause… More »

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Autism and Oral Health

Because children love their sweets and tend to be accident-prone, it’s always a good idea to be extra mindful of their oral health. This is especially true for parents of children with autism, who may be more susceptible to oral health issues.1 Problems such as bruxism (tooth grinding), enamel erosion, dry mouth and non-nutritive chewing… More »

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Illinois Kids’ Anxiety About Dentists May be Learned from Parents

Contrary to some Illinois parents’ popular belief, their children aren’t born with a fear of the dentist, rather, the apple may not fall far from the tree. A new statewide survey, out today from Delta Dental of Illinois, finds that children may be picking up on their parents’ fear of visiting the dentist. The survey… More »

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What You Need to Know About Oral Cancer

Thanks to technological advances, medical knowledge and early detection, we’ve seen some progress in the fight against oral cancer over the last 30 years. About 60 percent of people diagnosed with oral cancer will survive for at least five years.1 Although survival rates have risen steadily, oral cancer is a serious condition, and it’s important… More »

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Avoid Baseball’s Bad Habits and Hit a Home Run with your Oral Health

From chewing tobacco to sunflower seeds, some bad oral health habits can be found on the baseball diamond. While the popularity of chewing tobacco has decreased in baseball over the years,1 it still causes major league oral health problems such as root decay, leathery white patches inside your cheek, red sores and even oral cancer…. More »

Baked Mozzarella Bites

Ingredients: 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs 3 sticks mozzarella string cheese 1 large egg, whisked Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut string cheese into 1-inch pieces, then place in the freezer. Meanwhile, toast panko in a pan over medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Place the toasted panko in a… More »

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Easter Basket Ideas for a Healthy Smile

An Easter basket filled with jellybeans is sure to bring a smile to any child’s face. Delta Dental of Illinois would like to remind parents to think of healthier options when filling up their children’s baskets. “It’s all right to indulge in treats, especially during a special occasion, but only in moderation,” said Dr. Katina… More »

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Keep Your Mouth Clean this Spring

Doing some spring cleaning this month? While you’re busy beating rugs, cleaning curtains and organizing cabinets, don’t forget to check out your bathroom counter! Here are four things to add to your checklist. Replace old or worn toothbrushes. If your toothbrush or toothbrush head is more than three months old, it’s time to get a… More »

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Don’t Let Dental Trouble Ruin Your Spring Break Vacation

Spring break is almost here!  With kids out of school and warmer weather on the horizon, spring break is a time to vacation and finally get over those winter blues.  Whether you plan to go to the beach, go skiing or visit a famous theme park, it’s always good to be prepared for the unexpected…. More »