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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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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! And with more and more universities like the University of Nevada Reno offering support to become a dental hygienist, I thought it […]

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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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Toothpaste Breakdown: Common Ingredients & How They Clean Your Teeth

Toothpaste has been around longer than you might think. Ancient civilizations learned that a mixture of ashes, burnt eggshells and pumice yielded a powder that can be used to clean teeth. Modern toothpaste does not contain any of the original ingredients (thank goodness!), but how many of you actually know what makes up the concoction […]

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Tooth Decay is the #1 Chronic Disease Among Children

We all want the future leaders of our country to be successful, but the unfortunately reality is that millions of school hours are lost every year from a disease that is nearly 100% preventable. As tooth decay climbed the ladder to claim the title of “most common chronic childhood disease,” more and more children began […]

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The Cost of a Cavity

Cavities can be painful and inconvenient, but data shows that over a person’s lifetime, a single cavity can also have serious economic consequences. When a patient practices good oral hygiene and regularly visits the dentist, cavities — and their associated costs — are almost entirely preventable. Here are a few cavity prevention tips to get […]

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Senior Oral Health Care: Some Things Never Change (And Some Do!)

The most common chronic disease during childhood is exactly the same in people ages 65 and older: tooth decay. Nine in 10 people 65 or older have cavities, and 25 percent of those people have decay that has yet to be treated. In fact, 25 percent of people 65 or older haven’t even visited the […]

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Sugar Shock: How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

If you are like most Americans, you probably don’t check every nutrition label as you’re shopping. There are a lot of numbers and truthfully, they can be hard to read. But what if I told you the “healthy” fruit cup in your kid’s lunchbox was equivalent to 4 packets of sugar? Just because a food […]

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A child gets a sealant application as part of his school-based dental sealant program funded by the Delta Dental of Arizona Foundation.

Seal the Deal: Cut Down on Decay with Sealants

Cutting down on tooth decay in your most cavity-susceptible teeth can be as easy as a quick dentist appointment to get sealants. Dental sealants are made of a plastic coating that covers the natural pits and grooves of molar teeth. These areas can be hard to reach with regular brushing and flossing and bacteria love to hide […]

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Fight the plaque monster to keep your smile healthy!

Fighting the Plaque Monster

It attacks your teeth. It can be hard to get rid of. It’s invisible. It may sound like the star of the latest monster movie, but plaque is actually a completely normal problem that affects everyone. Plaque is a naturally occurring film of sticky bacteria that covers the surface of your teeth. When sugars or […]

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