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Teachable Teeth

As always, summer has flown by, and it’s back-to-school time again. As your kids gear up to learn about reading, writing and arithmetic, it’s a great time to add an oral health “lesson plan!” Here are a few activities for young children. Tooth Trivia Oral health is pretty fascinating — especially if you spin it… More »

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School Lunch Can Pack a Sugar Punch

Many parents think packing a brown bag lunch for their child is a healthier option than sticking with the school lunch menu. That can be true — as long as you’re mindful about the items you include! Try these easy swaps to reduce the amount of sugar in your child’s packed lunch. Ditch the regular… More »

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Sugar-Free Grape Jelly

Sugar-Free Grape Jelly Ingredients: 1 ½ cups unsweetened grape juice 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice ½ cup cold water 2 teaspoons gelatin Directions: Bring the grape and lemon juices to a boil, and then reduce heat and simmer for 4 minutes. Dissolve the gelatin in ½ cup cold water and add to the hot juice…. More »

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How to Help Your Child Prep for the First Lost Tooth

August can be a big time of the year for children going back to school — but it’s also a big time of year for the Tooth Fairy! National Tooth Fairy Day is on August 22, and to celebrate, you can prepare your little ones for losing their baby teeth. Most kids lose their first baby tooth… More »

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Set Your Child Up for Back-to-School Success with Better Oral Health

This back-to-school season, you want to set your child up for success in school in every way possible. You may not realize it, but oral health is an important component of your child’s overall health and daily well-being — and even their success in school. Learn more about how oral health impacts more areas than… More »

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Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Grants

Eligible Organizations Encouraged to Apply by September 9  Nonprofit and public organizations may begin applying for grants to fund programs and services that improve the oral health of Illinois children. Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501 (c)(3) philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, will accept applications for its annual Community Grants Program from… More »

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Dental Visits Decoded: Fillings

Need a filling? You’re not alone. Ninety-two percent of adults have had at least one cavity by the time they’re 64 years old, which means that most people have experienced a filling or two.1 Here’s what you can expect when you go in to get your cavity treated. After your dentist or hygienist seats you in… More »

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Kids Going to Sleep Away Camp or Grandma and Grandpa’s this Summer?

Summer means camp time for many kids. It’s also a time when many kids go to sleep away camps, visit grandma and grandpa for a week, travel with friends’ families, or even hit the road on their own if they’re old enough. What happens if they have a dental emergency and you’re not around? The… More »

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Summertime Nutrition on the Go

With summer sports in full swing, it’s easy to grab snacks and drinks that aren’t very tooth-friendly. Healthy, nutritious snacks can be just as convenient with a little planning. One easy change to make is to replace soda. Instead of sipping soda while watching soccer or softball, infuse water with fruit or vegetables (try cucumbers!)…. More »

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2016 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient: Crusader Community Health

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation grants $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to Crusader Community Health Grant to expand dental services for children in Rock River Valley area The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, granted its fourth annual $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to Crusader Community Health to help expand dental services for… More »