What You Need to Know in Case of a Dental Emergency

No matter how careful you are, dental emergencies can strike at any time. Make sure you’re prepared for any dental issues that may arise by knowing how your dental plan covers emergency care and what to do in the case of a dental emergency. How Dental Plans Cover Emergency Dental Care Most dental benefits cover… More »

What your family history says about your teeth

Your genetics may provide a window into your risk for oral health issues. Understanding your family history can help you stay prepared to keep cavities and gum disease at bay. Your parents probably told you candy causes cavities, but that’s not the only thing that causes them. Risk for cavities is 60 percent due to… More »

Midwestern Tooth Fairy payouts drop a full $1 in two years

Tooth Fairy giving is down across the nation with average payouts taking a plunge for a second consecutive year, including a significant decrease in the Midwest. The average amount Midwestern kids receive for a lost tooth from the Tooth Fairy dropped a full dollar over the past two years – and remains the lowest amount… More »

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are jam-packed with mouth-friendly nutrients like vitamins A and C for gum health.1 This recipe for mashed sweet potatoes is naturally sweet but doesn’t contain added sugars. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make! Ingredients: 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks ¼ to 1/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons salted… More »

Choosing Between a General and Pediatric Dentist

When looking for a dentist for your children, it can be tough to know who to see. Should you search for a general family dentist or would your children benefit from pediatric care? You can’t go wrong either way, but it’s good to have all the facts before you make a decision. Similarities Both accredited… More »

The Basics of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

When parents put their little ones to sleep, sometimes they leave them with a bottle. While that might be soothing as they drift off to dreamland, leaving a bottle in the crib can be problematic for tiny teeth. In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month this February, take a moment to brush up on… More »

How to Prevent Gum Disease and Maintain a Healthy Smile

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis, or gum disease. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, affect overall health and be aggravated by poor oral health habits, smoking, medication and an unhealthy diet.1 In honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month, take a moment to… More »

Encourage Kids to Brush, Floss and Visit the Dentist for a Healthy Smile

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month — the perfect time to emphasize the importance of establishing good oral health habits at an early age to prevent tooth decay. Although preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Tooth decay can develop any time after the first… More »

Greek Yogurt Hummus

This recipe for hummus with Greek yogurt is a satisfying appetizer or snack that’s good for your smile! Chickpeas are packed with folic acid, which helps facilitate healthy cell growth in your mouth.1 And if you use celery or carrot sticks instead of pita chips to dip in the hummus, it’s even better. Celery and… More »