The benefits of laughing are no joke

Holidays are a great time to spend with family, and laughing with relatives is one of the best parts of the season. Whether you’re barely giggling or totally cracking up, laughter can have positive effects on your oral and overall health. Read on to learn what a good laugh can do for you. Reduce your… More »

Whether you’re hosting your book club or throwing a game-day bash, you can help your guests take care of their smiles as well as their taste buds. Rosé?1  No way. Champagne, prosecco and rosé may be having their moment in the spotlight, but these trendy tipples can be hard on tooth enamel because of their… More »

When you reach for a snack, you may grab an apple, a cup of yogurt or cheese and crackers – not a stick of chalk. But for people with pica, an eating disorder that causes cravings for nonfood substances, those unorthodox eats are all too real. Pica can be caused by depression, stress, anxiety and… More »

Just when you thought you’d seen every type of tattoo out there, a new version is on the horizon. This one, however, could help prevent pain instead of causing it.

Summer is in full swing bringing warmer weather, more free time and frequently, summertime snacking. If you want to keep your family’s teeth healthy, keep track of what and how often you eat. Bacteria in the mouth changes sugars from food your family eats into acids. These acids attack teeth enamel and can lead to… More »

Have you had your dose of fluoride in your water today? According to the 2013 Delta Dental of Illinois Children’s Oral Health Survey, 64% of caregivers say bottled water is better than or equally as good as tap water for children’s oral health. This opinion is at odds with evidence-based dentistry and more than six… More »

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Ever experience a painful burning sensation radiating from inside the chest? Well, that’s good old heartburn. And persistent symptoms, more than twice weekly, may be a sign of acid reflux (officially Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease, or GERD). However, not everyone with GERD suffers from heartburn. In fact, you may have GERD and not even know it.

It’s Spring Break – a time for families to pack up their suitcases and spend a nice long week together. Everyone wants to avoid the dull and dreary routine of everyday life when they’re on vacation. But that doesn’t mean you can slack off regular brushing and flossing. Good dental habits ward off plaque, a… More »

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and you might soon be tempted to imbibe in a pint of green beer. Before you take your first swig, keep in mind the trouble you might cause in your mouth. Tooth decay is a big problem related to alcohol consumption because of the sugars and acids… More »