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A Healthy Life

  • Kid-Friendly Favorites Made with Cauliflower
    Apr. 18, 2017

    Kid-Friendly Favorites Made with Cauliflower

    Kid's Health

    Vegetables are a hard sell for chicken nugget lovers and mac and cheese devotees. Watching your kids pick around their peas is enough to make you pull your hair out. Though honesty is (almost) always the best policy, what’s the harm in a white—and nutritious—lie?

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  • How Habit Formation Can Transform Your Teeth
    Apr. 11, 2017

    How Habit Formation Can Transform Your Teeth

    Dental Health

    30% of Americans don’t brush before bed and a third of Americans skip flossing all together! If you’re guilty of mouth misconduct, it’s not too late to reverse the cycle. Here are some scientific strategies to help you form healthy habits:

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  • When You’ll Pay Out-of-Pocket
    Apr. 4, 2017

    When You’ll Pay Out-of-Pocket

    Insurance

    By focusing on preventive care, dental benefits are designed to save you money in the long run. But even with coverage, there may be some dental care costs that won’t be reimbursed. Here are three scenarios where you may have an out-of-pocket dental expense:

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  • 5 Dental Jokes to Get You Through The Workday
    Mar. 28, 2017

    5 Dental Jokes to Get You Through The Workday

    Just for Kicks

    We love to take care of our teeth, but we have some dental jokes that might hurt their fillings.

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  • Make a Mouthguard Part of Your Uniform
    Mar. 23, 2017

    Make a Mouthguard Part of Your Uniform

    Kid's Health

    Mouthguards typically cover your upper teeth and protect your teeth, lips, tongue, face and jaw against injuries, so they need to be part of your uniform in any sport or recreational activity you play.

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  • Emerging Teeth Trend: Teledentistry
    Mar. 21, 2017

    Emerging Teeth Trend: Teledentistry

    Dental Health

    In today’s world, practically anything can be done virtually. From grocery shopping to filing taxes, much of our interactions can occur online. AND NOW technology capabilities are redefining dentist-patient relationships through “teledentistry”. What is it? Teledentistry allows professionals to treat patients via phone and web technology. How does it work? Teledentistry is usually practiced in

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  • 5 Incredible Iowa Women
    Mar. 8, 2017

    5 Incredible Iowa Women

    Just for Kicks

    In honor of National Women’s History Month, we chose five fearless women whose accomplishments make us smile. Leaping towards opportunity, smashing through glass ceilings (and the earth’s atmosphere!), these women have made a positive impact in our great state and around the world: 1. Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor – St. Charles Iowa’s current Lieutenant Governor

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  • 3 Drinks that are Sneaky Sources of Sugar
    Mar. 7, 2017

    3 Drinks that are Sneaky Sources of Sugar

    Dental Health

    Candy is often considered a “treat” when juice is considered a “normal” part of a packed lunch or after-school snack. Labels that read, “All-Natural” and “100% juice” aren’t as healthy as they appear. Sneaky sugar sources—like the ones listed below—are why we encourage you to rethink your drink. Sports Drinks Because of their electrolytes, sports

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  • Women’s Oral Health Problems + Products to Help
    Mar. 2, 2017

    Women’s Oral Health Problems + Products to Help

    Dental Health

    Though women tend to have healthier habits and visit the dentist more than men, women are prone to gender-specific oral health risks. Here are some common problems, as well as some products that can help: Problem: Cold Sores Product: Antiviral creams More annoying than the kind you get from going sockless, fever blisters affect an

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  • Helping Kids Develop Healthy Dental Habits
    Feb. 28, 2017

    Helping Kids Develop Healthy Dental Habits

    Kid's Health

    February is National Children’s Dental Health month. Many of us have influence on a child’s life as parents, grandparents, teachers, coaches and friends. As we have fun spending time with little ones in our lives, we are teaching them values, manners and sharing. There’s another area of influence we’d like you to think about. Have

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  • No More Excuses, Thanks to These In-Office Exercises
    Feb. 21, 2017

    No More Excuses, Thanks to These In-Office Exercises

    Healthy Living

    It may be hard to justify time for exercise when your inbox is full and meetings already fill your day. Exercise might feel like one extra thing to schedule or manage in an already overloaded calendar. The reality is that a 30-minute workout only takes 2% of your day, and the benefits are endless. Exercise

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  • Teeth Trends Made Famous by The Famous [INFOGRAPHIC]
    Feb. 14, 2017

    Teeth Trends Made Famous by The Famous [INFOGRAPHIC]

    Dental Health

    From swimmers to singers, all celebrities take teeth trends to the next level. Here are some standouts from the past decade: Learn about the 3 life stages that can affect your dental health: For more oral health infographics, follow us on Pinterest.

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  • Are Dental Expenses Tax-Deductible? Maybe.
    Feb. 9, 2017

    Are Dental Expenses Tax-Deductible? Maybe.

    Insurance

    Tax season is not known to bring many smiles. In fact, if you Google “Tax Season” and view the image results, you’ll be flooded with pictures of countdown calendars, red ink, messy stacks of file forms, and snarky cartoons with panicked looks. Despite the grim appearance, don’t dread tax season – we’re here to help!

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  • Here’s Why Kids Benefit From Drinking Tap Water
    Feb. 7, 2017

    Here’s Why Kids Benefit From Drinking Tap Water

    Kid's Health

    Water is essential to you and your child’s health, as it maintains normal body temperature, helps your body get rid of waste and lubricates joints. Just as an engine needs oil in order to function, your body needs water. But what kind of water is best for your body and smile? The Delta Dental of

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  • How to Financially “Brace” for Orthodontia
    Jan. 31, 2017

    How to Financially “Brace” for Orthodontia

    Dental Health

    Braces aren’t necessary for everyone, but people of all ages are exploring the option for a straighter smile. Americans are keeping their natural teeth longer compared to 30 years ago. This might be why the number of adults seeking braces has increased 40% since then. Braces seem like a no-brainer, but the financial commitment can

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