The secrets to keeping oral side effects from interrupting your cancer treatments

Chemotherapy and radiation are often used to treat cancer. These treatments can cause issues with your mouth, altering your ability to eat, talk and swallow. You’ll want to promptly address these problems, so they don’t cause a delay in treatment. That’s why it’s vital to understand the most common side effects of cancer treatments. Dry… More »

An estimated 438,000 Americans die each year from diseases caused by smoking.1 Using tobacco products increases the risk of getting cancers of the head and neck. According to the American Cancer Society, no form of tobacco is safe.2 Smokeless products, often thought of as a less harmful option to smoking, are linked with cancer and… More »

More than 10,000 people lose their lives to oral cancer every year. But the five-year survival rate is approximately 60 percent.1 By working with your dentist, you can catch symptoms early, which is often the key to a better outcome. What is oral cancer?2 Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth and the back of the… More »

Regular eye exams are an essential part of preventive health care. Since many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms, routine exams help maintain good vision and eye health, and when possible, prevent vision loss. In addition, various medical problems – including diabetes and high blood pressure – are detectable during an… More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Nearly 2 in 5 Illinois children had at least one cavity in the past year.1 Oral health issues, like tooth decay, can cause children to miss school and negatively impact school performance.2,3 In fact, 38 percent of Illinois parents say their 6- to 12-year-old children had to miss school because of an oral health problem… More »