The Difference Between Annual Maximum and Deductible

Annual maximums and deductibles are common in many health plans, including dental plans. An annual maximum is the maximum dollar amount a dental benefit plan will pay toward the cost of dental care within a specific period, usually a calendar year. If your plan’s annual maximum is $1,000, your carrier will pay its portion of… More »

Love Your Smile: Practice Preventive Care

Show your smile some love by giving it what it really needs: preventive dental care. Regular preventive care can help you avoid costly and serious dental problems and keep your smile healthy. Of course, it’s important to maintain a daily routine of brushing twice daily and flossing once a day. But here are some other… More »

Are Oral Health Issues Genetic?

Your father gave you more than just your eye color and your sense of humor. There’s a chance he also gave you an increased risk for periodontal disease. Just like other traits, you can inherit oral health issues from your family. That’s why it’s important to know your family’s medical history, including these oral health… More »

National Children’s Dental Health Month

Dental health is one of the most critical, unmet health care issues facing Illinois children today. Good oral health care is imperative for children, but many caregivers don’t realize how important it is to establish an oral health routine at an early age. I’ve seen first-hand how poor oral health can negatively affect children, and… More »

Survey Finds Illinoisans Would Like to See the Dentist More Often

Delta Dental of Illinois encourages making dental visits a priority in 2017 Dentists lead the pack of health practitioners Illinois adults want to see more often, according to a survey out today from Delta Dental of Illinois.1 The dental benefits carrier is encouraging Illinoisans to make visiting the dentist a priority to improve their oral… More »

How Are Dental Claims Handled?

If you visit a Delta Dental of Illinois network dentist or assign benefits, you won’t have to submit any paperwork – your dentist will submit a claim directly to Delta Dental of Illinois on your behalf after your dental appointment. On the other hand, if you visit an out-of-network dentist, you may have to submit… More »

How to Tell if Your Dentist is In-Network

One of the many ways Delta Dental of Illinois saves members money on dental services is by establishing lower costs with dentists. Dentists who agree to these pre-established fees are called in-network dentists, and Delta Dental of Illinois has one of the largest networks of dentists in the country. With nearly 156,000 dentists nationwide, there’s… More »

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients: 3 cups unsalted chicken stock 1 3/4 cups broccoli florets, coarsely chopped (about 8 ounces) 1 cup diced yellow onion 1/2 cup chopped carrot 3/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 cup half-and-half 4 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves Directions: Combine first seven ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to… More »

Unprecedented New Report Highlights Inequities in Dental Care in Illinois

Poor and rural populations—and especially children—suffering from lack of access to critically needed care Poor oral health is one of the most pressing, unmet health care issues facing Illinois children and adults today according to a new state oral health assessment report Oral Health in Illinois, the first comprehensive statewide oral health assessment ever completed…. More »