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Discuss Your Doses

You talk about the medications you are taking with your physician – and you should do the same with your dentist. Though it may seem like prescription medications, such as antibiotics, decongestants and antidepressants, have very little to do with your oral health, many of them have side effects you and your dentist may want… More »

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Dental Visits Decoded: Root Canal

Two words people probably dread hearing the most at their dentist’s office: root canal. While getting the nerve tissue or pulp inside of your tooth removed may have once been a painful procedure, now it’s no more uncomfortable than getting a cavity filled. Root canals are typically needed when tooth decay has spread to the… More »

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Is Mouthwash Right for You?

If you walk down the dental care aisle of your local supermarket or pharmacy, you’ll find a dizzying array of mouthwashes, plaque-removing rinses, fluoride treatments, and similar products. Do you need one? Most rinses can effectively freshen your mouth and curb bad breath for up to three hours. However, their success in preventing tooth decay,… More »

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2015 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation granted its third annual $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to Central Counties Health Centers, Inc. (CCHC) to help improve the oral health of at-risk children in central Illinois. Located in Springfield, Ill., CCHC provides quality, affordable health and oral health care to Springfield residents and those in surrounding counties who… More »

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The Difference Between Coinsurance, Deductibles and Copay

Deductibles, copay and coinsurance are all ways you share the costs of dental care with your benefits company – but they all operate a little differently. A deductible is the total amount you pay before your dental benefits carrier helps with the costs. Let’s say you have a $100 deductible and you need to get… More »


Watermelon-Blueberry Ice Pops

Ingredients: 4 cups chopped, seedless watermelon 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 cup fresh blueberries Sugar substitute to taste Directions: Puree the watermelon, lime juice and sugar substitute in a blender until smooth. Divide the blueberries among freezer pop molds or 5-oz. paper cups. Top with the watermelon mixture and insert craft sticks. Freeze for six… More »

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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 »


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 »