Delta Dental launches Oral Health and Wellness portal

Aug. 13, 2009
New, 400-article Oral Health and Wellness portal provides information on pertinent oral health topics.

OAK BROOK, Illinois--It's a parent's worst nightmare. Your teenager wants a tongue piercing. You know it's become a trendy form of self-expression, but also a bad idea, and want to gather some facts on the harmful affects of oral piercing--stat. Where do you turn?

Dental Dental has a new, 400-article Oral Health and Wellness portal at Health and Wellness portal.

Type "piercing" into the search function at the top left, and with a single keystroke, you will have facts and information on the topic.

You're a new parent and want to be sure you are taking good care of your baby's oral health. You think you remember seeing an article recommending parents should wipe their infant's mouth and gums with a clean damp cloth or gauze pad prior to eruption of the first tooth. But you're so sleep-deprived, you can't remember where you saw this or if you even did.

How can you quickly confirm whether this is true or not? Visit the portal and type "wipe gums" into the search function. You will get an answer and a confirmation that your memory is correct.

Also, the article includes another important oral health fact that you may not have known: A child's first visit to the dentist should be six months after the first tooth erupts, but no later than 12 months of age.

Visitors to Delta Dental's Oral Health and Wellness portal have the resources of a search function to identify which of the 400 articles contains the necessary information they seek.

To make manual browsing easier, the articles are grouped into three main categories: Pediatric Oral Health, Adult Oral Health, and Oral Cancer. Each category is divided into subsections such as Oral Safety, Medical Conditions and Oral Health, Diagnosis of Oral Cancer, Alternative Therapies for Dental Anxiety, and Nutrition and Oral Health.

There is also a special Harvard Health section with links to Harvard University articles such as "Beyond Teeth: A Map of Your Mouth" and "Anatomy of a Tooth."

All articles are vetted by Delta Dental Plans Association's National Scientific Advisory Committee.

You don't need to be a Delta Dental enrollee to take advantage of this information. Anyone with access to a computer can find oral health answers and information.

For more information, go to Delta Dental Plans Association.

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