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How Dental Hygienists Help with Healthy Smiles

At most dental offices, your dentist isn’t the only person working to make sure your smile stays healthy. Dental hygienists play a critical in making sure you receive efficient, quality care. The range of services provided by your hygienist may vary from office to office, but here are some of the things they may do.1… More »

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Land of Smiles Kicks Off for the 2015-16 School Year

Dental health problems cause children between 5 and 17 years old to lose nearly two million school days each year nationwide.1  In Illinois, 23 percent children ages 6 to 12 missed school last year due to an oral health problem.2  In an effort to teach young children cavity-fighting oral health habits to keep them in… More »

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Oral Health on the Job

When you’re at work, your oral health is probably not top of mind. Some jobs can have a substantial impact on your teeth – and not just due to repeated coffee refills! Here are a few professions that can wreak havoc on your teeth. Seamstresses or tailors who hold pins and needles in their mouths… More »


Understanding Your Explanation of Benefits (EOB)

When you are covered by a dental plan, you often receive an explanation of benefits (EOB) from your dental carrier after a trip to the dentist’s office. The EOB is not a bill, but rather an explanation of the procedures that were performed at the appointment and what is covered by your particular dental plan…. More »

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Tooth-friendly Trail Mix with Peanuts

Peanuts are a delicious snack and good for your smile as long as you don’t crack the shells with your teeth.  Peanuts are packed with protein, which helps produce the connective tissue that supports teeth. Peanuts also benefit oral health by reducing the acidity of your saliva, lowering the likelihood of tooth decay.1 Enjoy this recipe… More »

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National Fruits and Vegetables Month: Healthy Diet Can Improve Oral Health

Delta Dental of Illinois Encourages Parents to Substitute Fruits and Vegetables for Sugary Snacks It is no secret that fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals children need as part of a balanced, healthy diet, but they also play an important role when it comes to oral health. As part of National Fruits and… More »


Grilled Banana Boats

Ingredients: Bananas Chocolate chips Nuts Directions: Cut a slit in a banana with the peel still on.  Stuff the banana with fillings like dark chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Wrap the stuffed banana in foil and roast on a grill or over a campfire for about five minutes. It’s still a little sticky, but eliminates… More »

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Illinois Retirement Income from the Tooth Fairy?

New Analysis Finds Tooth Fairy Giving Could Yield Nearly $2 Billion in Savings for Illinois 6-Year-Olds It turns out a good source for retirement income for today’s kids in Illinois may be right under their pillows. According to a new analysis by Delta Dental of Illinois, if today’s 6-year-olds in Illinois invest all the money… More »

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The Added Benefits of Dental Plans

If you have dental benefits, you may already visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Most dental plans cover these specific preventive services at 100 percent, meaning no out-of-pocket cost for you. But those basic services are just the beginning of how a dental plan can benefit you over the course of your lifetime…. More »

Dentist by 1 – Encouraging Good Oral Health Habits Among Illinois Children

A child’s health is important to any parent.  In fact, the first thing most parents wish for when they are expecting a child is for their child to be born healthy.  A child’s overall health is always at the forefront of a parent’s mind; however, many parents are unaware that their child’s oral health can… More »