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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 »

Delta Dental of Illinois Awards Dental Student Grants

Delta Dental of Illinois announced the recipients of its 2015 student grants program. Each year, Delta Dental of Illinois awards four $2,500 grants to graduating dental students at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry and the Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Dental Medicine.  The 2015 student grant recipients are Jaime… More »

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Dental Visits Decoded: Exams

Even if your teeth are in perfect condition, regular dental exams are a must. In addition to helping catch dental issues while they are easy to treat or even reversible, exams can also help with early detection of serious conditions such as oral cancer and diabetes.1 If it’s been awhile since your last exam, here’s… More »

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Discuss Allergies with Your Dentist

As you sit in your dentist’s office waiting for a cleaning or exam, you probably have a list of things you’d like to discuss – your next appointment, X-rays, whitening, cavities, bad habits. But here’s one that probably doesn’t make your short list: allergies. Though most common allergies won’t affect your visit, some people have… More »

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Fruit Salsa

Ingredients: 1 cup finely chopped strawberries 1 medium orange, peeled and finely chopped 3 kiwi, peeled and finely chopped 1 can crushed pineapple, drained 1 tablespoon lemon juice Stevia or other sugar substitute, to taste Directions: Combine all ingredients and chill until serving.     Recipe from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/fruit-salsa-with-cinnamon-chips.

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Women’s Oral Health Care

In May, many holidays celebrate women and mothers and encourage them to make their health a priority, and Delta Dental of Illinois wants to raise awareness about some of the oral health concerns that women may face. National Women’s Health Week, celebrated to help women understand the steps they can take to improve their health,… More »

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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 »