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Benefits news: Health tips for vegetarians and keeping safe with safety glasses

Jul 16, 2015

Ensuring good oral health on a vegetarian diet

Health concerns about fat and cholesterol, among other reasons, have prompted many people to become vegetarians. While a vegetarian diet can have great overall health benefits, vegetarians need to be aware of how this lifestyle choice can affect their oral health. By eliminating certain food groups, vegetarians can risk missing out on some key nutrients that are essential for good oral health.

Vegetarians maintain healthy diets by consuming a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and legumes to get the nutrients they need. However, this diet lacks vitamin D and calcium. A lack of vitamin D and calcium can cause teeth to soften over time, which makes them more susceptible to tooth decay and periodontal disease.

A balanced diet is the key, taking care to include foods rich in these nutrients important to teeth and bone health. And there is no harm in a daily multivitamin as a supplement!

Read the full article and find other great oral health resources on the Delta Dental "SmileWay" wellness site.  Read the latest issue of Delta's Grin e-magazine, or get tips and fun just for kids at

Safety Glasses for Work, Home and Play

What is the "space age" plastic that appears in everything from astronaut helmets to children's glasses?  It is called polycarbonate. It is important stuff and has saved many an eye from serious injury. It's the safest and most impact-resistant lens material.

You know what it feels like to get an eye lash stuck in your eye? What about a piece of metal shaving or a tiny piece of wood? So the question is, when was the last time you wore the right kind of eyewear for the task at hand?

It is a safety precaution few take, but many learn about only after it is too late. It doesn't have to be that way. 

Polycarbonate safety glasses are easy to order through your VSP doctor. Besides lenses, you also can find frames of high-impact plastic or polycarbonate. Protective (and fashionable) designs are available in goggles, wraps and shields — look for rubber padding to cushion the face even more. If you don't wear prescription lenses, you can find protective eyewear at your VSP doctor's office or at a sporting goods store.

Consider protecting your eyes with safety glasses when:

  • You are on the job
  • You are working on house projects or cleaning the house
  • You are playing sports   

For the full article click here on how you can keep your eyes safe! And check out the Vision Service Plan website for other important resources on eye health.

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