Common Dental Procedures for Kids

Parents worry about their kids’ overall health and oral health more than their own. Understanding how your dental benefits cover preventive procedures can help start your children on a path to a lifetime of healthy smiles. When it comes to keeping kids’ mouths healthy, routine oral health habits – such as brushing twice a day,… More »

Banana Muffins

Ingredients: 2 mashed ripe bananas (about 3/4 cup) 2 tablespoons canola oil 1 egg 1/2 cup fat-free milk 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract 2/3 cup whole-wheat flour 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats 1/4 cup sugar substitute 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup chopped walnuts Cooking spray Directions: 1.  Preheat… More »

Oral Health Reads for Your Book Worm

Back-to-school season is the perfect time to help kids brush up on good oral health habits with a new book or two. Books on oral health can be a good way to get children excited about being independent and learning how to take care of their teeth on their own (with a little assistance!). Kick… More »

Healthy Smiles Help Keep Kids in School

Healthy smiles improve kids’ confidence and help them succeed in the classroom. Conversely, unhealthy smiles can keep them from attending school and making the grade. Even at school, oral health issues can distract kids and could cause them to fall behind in coursework. Untreated dental problems can be painful and embarrassing and can cause kids… More »

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Grants Program

Eligible Organizations Encouraged to Apply by Sept. 5 Illinois organizations may begin applying for grants to fund programs and services that improve the oral health of children in our state. 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 Aug…. More »

Avocado Brownies

Ingredients: 2 ripe avocados, mashed 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted ½ cup light brown sugar (or Sucanat, or a brown sugar blend sugar substitute) 2 eggs ¾ cup flour ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt Directions: Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, mix avocados and melted… More »

UV Safety Month: Don’t Overlook Oral Health

It’s UV Safety Month – a great time to remember that it’s essential to protect skin from the sun’s rays. When you’re outside this summer, remember to apply sunscreen to an often-overlooked part of the body: your lips. In fact, 63 percent of sunscreen users don’t protect their pucker.1 Sun exposure to lips can increase… More »

Keep an Emergency Kit Handy for Dental Injuries

The warm summer weather inspires people to get outside to enjoy swimming and sports. While fun, these activities also have the potential to cause dental injuries for both kids and adults. It’s important to keep dental emergency information, such as dental benefits and dentist phone numbers, handy for yourself and childcare providers in case you… More »

Race Toward a Healthy Smile

Exercise can be great for your lungs. It also strengthens muscles, helps prevent heart disease and obesity, builds endurance and even improves your mood. But it may not be so great for your teeth. According to the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, athletes who train frequently tend to have more cavities and tooth erosion than those who train or exercise less…. More »