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Raising Awareness to Fight Oral, Head and Neck Cancer in Chicago

Raising Awareness to Fight Oral, Head and Neck Cancer in Chicago

Oral head and neck cancers the sixth most common cancer type in the world. And, HPV is now the most common cause. Yet, most people aren’t aware of how serious head and neck cancers can be - and how they are connected to HPV. UIC's free public screenings and population research are helping to spread awareness and education in Chicago.

The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

The Warning Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is often without noticeable symptoms, making it hard to know if you really have it. But there are some warning signs you can look for. Paying attention to these signs, along with proper oral hygiene and regularly consulting your dentist is a healthy strategy for avoiding gum disease.

The Surprising Connections Between Oral Health and Well Being

The Surprising Connections Between Oral Health and Well Being

You might be surprised to know that the benefits of maintaining good dental health extend far beyond just your mouth. In fact your oral health—the health of your teeth and gums—has a major impact on overall health, medical costs, and quality of life. Find out what UIC is doing to educate patients and the future workforce to improve oral health as part of overall health.

Five Secret Weapons to Fight Cavities

Five Secret Weapons to Fight Cavities

When it comes to fighting off cavities, we need all the help we can get, beyond the obvious healthy habits of regular brushing and flossing. Here are several more useful habits you can pick up to strengthen your daily routine for a healthy and beautiful smile.

The Best Foods For A Healthy Smile and Whole Body

The Best Foods For A Healthy Smile and Whole Body

The difference between a healthy smile and frequent visits to the dentist has a lot to do with your diet. Eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods from all the food groups promotes healthy teeth and gums. This means maintain a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, protein foods, calcium-rich foods and whole grains for a healthy smile as well as a healthy body.

Good Oral Health: Parents and Kids Learning Together

Good Oral Health: Parents and Kids Learning Together

Parents sometimes have a hard time convincing their kids to take good care of their teeth. That is why UIC is working with community partners to help parents teach children how to build essential early oral health habits that last a lifetime.

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Baby Teeth

What Every Parent Needs to Know About Baby Teeth

Believe it or not, tooth decay can begin as soon as your baby’s teeth first appear. This milestone is an important time to begin thinking about how to care for your child’s teeth. Here are some important facts and tips to keep baby teeth healthy and prevent harmful dental problems for years to come.

Why We Take Infection Control So Seriously

Why We Take Infection Control So Seriously

Without proper infection control techniques, infection can easily spread through contacts with people and instruments in a dental clinic. That is why the College of Dentistry takes infection control very seriously. We follow strict infection control procedures to minimize the spread of disease.