Sleep Better for Your Teeth

Do you have a to-do list 5 miles long but never feel like there is enough time in the day to get everything done? You’re not alone!  54% of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their lives – for good reason too! Teeth grinding – also called bruxism – is one way our… More »

Oral Health and Wellness Programs

With health care costs rising and a workforce that is increasingly health-conscious, a growing number of companies are embracing the mutual benefits of employee wellness programs as a way to lure prospective new hires and keep their current employees healthy, happy and more productive at the office. The Principal Financial Group uses an independent panel… More »

Why Moms-to-Be Need Extra Dental TLC

Ask any expecting mother what she wants to get done before her bundle of joy arrives and you’ll likely be greeted with a mile-long to-do list. What may not be on that list, though, is some extra care in the dental department. Safe Window for Dental Work After a newly expecting mom makes her first… More »

Defeating Dentophobia

Are you afraid of visiting the dentist? You may have a condition called dentophobia. Parents who are afraid to visit the dentist may pass the same fear on to their children, possibly keeping them from getting routine dental check-ups that are important to promote healthy teeth and a lifetime of good oral health habits. That’s… More »

Spit and Pacifiers

Have you heard about the Swedish study linking pacifier use and a lower incidence of exzema and asthma in babies? The study actually went so far as to say that parents’ saliva from cleaning their babies’ binkies may have a beneficial effect. There was nothing noted about parents passing on the germ that causes cavities… More »

Heart Health and Your Gums

Like all responsible adults, I take care of my health and monitor my blood pressure for any abnormalities. That being said, I was shocked the first time I learned my oral health might have an effect on my heart! That’s right, the beating in my chest isn’t just affected by love, but also my oral… More »

Kick Your Kid’s Thumb-Sucking Habits

Learned in the womb and perfected as an infant, many children turn to thumb sucking in times of stress. Kids also use this practice in times of boredom, illness, and even at bedtime. This self-soothing technique has helped children gain independence and parents keep their sanity. But when it goes beyond the first few years,… More »

The Fluoride Effect

Nearly 45% of caregivers do not know if their water supply is fluoridated. And although 75% of people in the United States with access to community water supplies enjoy the benefits of fluoride, there are still some communities that choose not to add the mineral to their water. To find out the fluoridation status of… More »

Dentist By 1 – Oral Health Kit Distribution

As part of its “Dentist By 1” educational campaign, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation has donated nearly 4,500 oral health kits with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and educational flyer to organizations that support early childhood development for underprivileged children across Illinois. “This donation is one way to ensure more children in Illinois have the… More »

Cancel out Cancer

Let’s face the terrible facts surrounding this disease. Oral cancer kills close to 25% of the people diagnosed. Of the 35,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer, only about 50% of them will be alive after 5 years. The death rate is so high because many symptoms go unnoticed. Late diagnosis of oral cancer is by… More »