Archive | October, 2013

Fill ‘Em Up: 2 Tips for Healthy Halloween Teeth

The day of indulgence is finally here. If your kids are like most, they have probably been talking about all the candy they’re going to eat. Your child may even have a list of which candies he will eat first, followed by a second and third choice. While we will not tell you to deprive […]

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Don’t Gag! Going to the Dentist Isn’t that Bad

Do you find your gag reflex in high alert when you go to the dentist? It’s embarrassing and uncomfortable, but you’re not alone. About one in five of us experience the gag reflex during a dental exam. Many people are nervous when they go to the dentist. That’s pretty common. During your treatment, your dentist […]

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Head and Neck Cancer Can Hurt your Mouth

Cancer: it is a terrifying word when you hear it. The one thing that never entered my mind as I began to battle melanoma, a form of skin cancer, was that my teeth and mouth would also be under siege. After two surgeries and facing radiation and drug treatment, I was wisely referred to my […]

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Tricky Treats: Dentist’s Candy of Choice

Halloween sure is a scary holiday – and not just because of the ghosts and goblins seen traipsing around your neighborhood. It’s a scary holiday because of the terrifying treats we hand out to all the children. Now I know what you are thinking – it’s only one day, candy is not so bad, or […]

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National Dental Hygiene Month: 3 Ways to Keep Your Dental Hygienist Happy

Dental hygienists are one of the main reasons behind our beautiful smiles. They keep our teeth healthy and help us smile with confidence that enhances our face value. Many times, you can’t wait to get out of the dental chair to show off your newly pearly whites. Since they keep you smiling year round, here […]

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Breast Cancer: Chemotherapy and Your Mouth

Chemotherapy is a common treatment option for breast cancer. While early treatment undoubtedly can help save your life, it is important to be aware of the effects it can have on your oral health too. What is Chemotherapy? Chemotherapy is a cancer treatment option. It is used to kill cancerous cells, but it also tends […]

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Oral Health Effects

Since 2005, the incidence of breast cancer has remained stable. While it is good news the incidence of breast cancer has not increased, we are also learning about some previously unknown risks, one of which is chronic gum disease. Research is showing that women with chronic gum disease have a higher risk of developing breast […]

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What Is a Dental Hygienist and Why Are They Important?

Batman to Robin: “You owe your life to dental hygiene.” Batman (1966, TV series) This may have been scripted banter between the two characters, but it is not too far from the truth! Studies have shown that poor oral hygiene is linked to heart disease, diabetes, oral problems during pregnancy, and erectile dysfunction. The most […]

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Grantee Spotlight: Heber/Overgaard Ponderosa Lions Club

As a state urgently in need of dental care for the underserved and uninsured, Arizona is lucky to have service organizations like the Ponderosa Lions Club, a grantee of Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation, working towards a solution. Founded in 1917, the Lions Clubs are the world’s largest service organization with 1.35 million volunteer members. […]

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Buying Dental Insurance: 5 Things to Think About

Today is the day. After two years of preparing, the national health insurance marketplace is now open for business. Considering all the new choices you will be faced with, you might feel a little overwhelmed. To help, Delta Dental of Arizona put together the five things to consider when making your decision about dental benefits. […]

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