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Diabetes and oral health
Studies show that diabetics – an estimated 12 to 14 million people in the United States – are more susceptible to the development of oral infections and periodontal disease.
How your gums can affect your lungs
Did you know that practicing good oral hygiene could help your lungs? Poor oral health can directly contribute to a variety of respiratory diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Gum disease can aggravate existing symptoms of COPD and make flare-ups more likely, according to a 2011 study in the Journal of Periodontology.
Tips and tricks for avoiding scary Halloween treats
Choose treats that cause the least damage to teeth. Instead of caramels and hard candies, choose chocolates, which are swallowed quickly and don’t stick to teeth. Avoid any candies that are acidic or chewy. Don't forget that even "healthy" snacks like pretzels and crackers can promote decay.
How the common cold can affect your mouth
Feeling stuffy? A sinus infection can leave you feeling achy and uncomfortable. But did you know that this pressure can even hurt your teeth? The largest sinus cavity in your face sits right above your upper jaw, and when it fills with fluid, the pressure can push down on the roots of your teeth, causing a toothache.
Adult dental health: Healthy aging
Did you know that gum disease — and not the aging process — is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults? Good oral health habits and a healthy lifestyle can help you keep your gums healthy and your smile bright for a lifetime. Developing a simple daily routine of brushing, flossing and eating a balanced diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables is important regardless of age. Here are some tips to help keep your mouth healthy and strong.
Teens and dental opioids: A guide for parents
Every day, over 40 Americans die from prescription opioid overdoses, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The growing opioid crisis has raised awareness that addiction can start with a prescription drug.
Start the school year with a smile: 3 back-to-school tips
It’s the start of a new school year, and your kids are set with new clothes and school supplies. But don’t forget about oral health! Add these dental health tips to your back-to-school checklist.
Don’t wait on a toothache
That sore tooth you’re rubbing absentmindedly? You might want to get it checked out. Not only is the pain annoying, but left untreated, a toothache could lead to a host of nasty problems, including sepsis.
The link between migraines and oral bacteria
If you’re suffering from migraines, you might want to talk to your dentist about it. There may be a connection between certain oral bacteria and migraines, according to a 2016 study. This type of bacteria increases nitric oxide in the bloodstream, which can trigger a migraine. Although your medical doctor should be a priority when it comes to migraine treatment, there is an additional way to keep yourself strong and fight this pain: regular visits to the dentist.
What you need to know about cleft lip and palate
Every year, about 4,440 babies in the United States are born with a cleft lip, according to the CDC. About 2,650 are born with a cleft palate. Among the most common birth defects, cleft lip and cleft palate occur when the sides of the lip and roof of the mouth don’t fuse together properly.
How seasonal allergies can affect your oral health
When allergy season is in full swing, your dental health may not be on the top of your mind. But a case of hay fever can make an impact on your teeth and gums. Here’s what to look out for and how to protect your mouth.
Go for a green dental routine
Make Earth Day every day. Incorporate these tips into your daily life so you can enjoy a healthier mouth and planet.
Why your dental hygienist is valuable to your oral health
A dental hygienist is one of your first lines of defense when it comes to oral health care. Since they talk with you before, during and after your dental exams, hygienists are true partners of your dentist — helping you to understand the best ways to manage your oral health.
4 spring tips for a healthy mouth
Doing some spring cleaning? While you’re busy beating rugs, cleaning curtains and organizing cabinets, don’t forget to check your bathroom counter! Add these four items to your checklist to include dental hygiene in your battle plan.
7 vitamins and minerals your mouth needs
Want healthy teeth and gums? Make sure your diet features these key ingredients. These nutritional building blocks are essential for your dental health.
All about gum disease
Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a bacterial infection that causes a chronic inflammation of the gums and surrounding tissue. It is the major cause of about 70% of adult tooth loss, affecting nearly 80% of people at some point in their life. Gum disease includes gingivitis (the early stage of gum disease) and periodontitis (a more advanced stage of gum disease).
Give your child a lifetime of smiles
Great oral health can last a lifetime, so make sure your child is on the right track by doing your part. Every stage in a child's life comes with different dental needs and responsibilities.
5 myths about alcohol consumption and your oral health
Get the facts! Learn the truth about these alcohol and oral health misconceptions.
Under the influence: your teeth on drugs
You already know that drug abuse is bad for your health. From heart problems to cancer, street drugs can cause serious health risks, if not death. But did you know that drugs can harm your teeth as well? Here’s a look at the dangers six substances pose to your oral health.
5 tips to keep teeth healthy over the holidays
No matter how much you love your dentist, he or she probably doesn't top the list of people you want to spend quality time with over the holidays. Follow these five tips to steer clear of emergency trips to the dentist’s office this season.
New year, new you: New Year's resolutions for a healthy smile
Why not make one of your New Year's resolutions improving your dental health?
5 tips for a smile-friendly Thanksgiving
As you enjoy dinner this Thanksgiving, keep your teeth and gums healthy with smart food choices.
Diabetes and oral health
November is American Diabetes Month. Understand the link between diabetes and dental health.
Brush up on brushing and flossing techniques
Brushing and flossing are important parts of your daily routine. But to get the most benefit, you have to do it correctly.
Tips and tricks for avoiding scary Halloween treats
Trick or treat! Try these tips for a healthy Halloween.
September is Healthy Aging Month
Did you know that gum disease – and not the aging process – is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults?
Oral and overall health – get the connectiony
Your dental health is part of a bigger picture: whole-body wellness.
5 summer tips for healthy teeth
To win the dental health game, it’s important to understand the players and the field. Proper hygiene, diet and lifestyle are all key components of your oral health.
5 reasons to floss every day
You know brushing twice a day is important. But do you floss? And, no, twice a month doesn’t count. Here’s why you shouldn’t write off this essential step.
5 summer tips for healthy teeth
This summer, stay hydrated and healthy. But think carefully when you choose your beverage – some drinks can increase your risk of tooth decay.
Recipe: Frozen fruit pops
This refreshing snack can keep you cool on a summer day, with no sugar added! Plus, it’s easy to make at home.
Healthy smile, healthy you
Regular dentist visits can do more than keep your smile attractive – they can also tell dentists a lot about your overall health, including whether or not you may be at risk for chronic disease.
How your dentist can help diagnose the causes of your headaches
Regular visits to your dentist can involve much more than just checking for cavities and practicing how to floss.
How Seasonal Allergies can Affect Your Oral Health
Here’s what to look out for and how to protect your mouth.
5 Summer Sports That Require Mouthguards
Although high-contact sports, such as football and basketball, typically come to mind when we think of mouthguards, pearly whites need protection during warm-weather sports as well.
Go for a Green Dental Routine
Make Earth Day every day. Incorporate these tips into your daily life so you can enjoy a healthier mouth and planet.
Oral Cancer: What you Need to Know
Oral cancer is the sixth most common cancer, accounting for 30,000 newly diagnosed cases each year — and 8,000 deaths.
Good Dental Health is Vital to Good Overall Health
Did you know that more than 120 different diseases are first detected in the mouth? And that going for your annual dental exams can actually help in detecting heart disease, diabetes, pancreatic cancer and more?
Make the Most of Your VADIP Benefits in 2018
Looking to take full advantage of your dental coverage? Follow these simple tips to keep your smile bright and your wallet on budget.
Annual Premium Rate Change Effective January 1, 2018
On January 1, 2018, the annual Veteran’s Affairs Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) premium adjustment will go into effect. The new monthly premium rates for the next VADIP contract year are effective through December 31, 2018.
Delta Dental Awarded Contract to Provide Voluntary Benefits for Eligible Veterans
Delta Dental of California announced its selection by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to continue as a dental benefits administrator for the Veterans Affairs Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) through December 31, 2021.