A Healthy School Lunch

Ingredients: Smoothie ½ cup frozen berries 1 banana 1 cup skim, almond or soy milk Sandwich 1 slice whole-grain bread 4 slices turkey breast 1 tbsp Dijon mustard Veggie toppings such as lettuce, tomato, onion or pickle Directions: For the smoothie, combine all ingredients in a blender and blend. To make it a portable, lunch-friendly… More »

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Back to School Tips for a Healthy Smile

Did you know that nearly one in four Illinois kids miss school due to dental problems? This school year, Delta Dental of Illinois wants to help Illinois parents reduce the amount of classroom time their children miss due to dental-related issues. A new Delta Dental of Illinois survey1 finds that 23 percent of Illinois children ages… More »

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2013 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient Continues to Improve Children’s Oral Health

On a Saturday morning last summer, a grandmother made the decision to take her two grandchildren to a local community service event presented by the SmileHealthy Program, a non-profit organization housed within Promise Healthcare, in Champaign, Ill. The youngest grandchild complained of intense pain throughout his mouth and prompted the visit. Due to a fixed… More »

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Discuss Your Doses

You talk about the medications you are taking with your physician – and you should do the same with your dentist. Though it may seem like prescription medications, such as antibiotics, decongestants and antidepressants, have very little to do with your oral health, many of them have side effects you and your dentist may want… More »

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Dental Visits Decoded: Root Canal

Two words people probably dread hearing the most at their dentist’s office: root canal. While getting the nerve tissue or pulp inside of your tooth removed may have once been a painful procedure, now it’s no more uncomfortable than getting a cavity filled. Root canals are typically needed when tooth decay has spread to the… More »

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Is Mouthwash Right for You?

If you walk down the dental care aisle of your local supermarket or pharmacy, you’ll find a dizzying array of mouthwashes, plaque-removing rinses, fluoride treatments, and similar products. Do you need one? Most rinses can effectively freshen your mouth and curb bad breath for up to three hours. However, their success in preventing tooth decay,… More »

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2015 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation granted its third annual $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to Central Counties Health Centers, Inc. (CCHC) to help improve the oral health of at-risk children in central Illinois. Located in Springfield, Ill., CCHC provides quality, affordable health and oral health care to Springfield residents and those in surrounding counties who… More »

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The Difference Between Coinsurance, Deductibles and Copay

Deductibles, copay and coinsurance are all ways you share the costs of dental care with your benefits company – but they all operate a little differently. A deductible is the total amount you pay before your dental benefits carrier helps with the costs. Let’s say you have a $100 deductible and you need to get… More »


Watermelon-Blueberry Ice Pops

Ingredients: 4 cups chopped, seedless watermelon 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 cup fresh blueberries Sugar substitute to taste Directions: Puree the watermelon, lime juice and sugar substitute in a blender until smooth. Divide the blueberries among freezer pop molds or 5-oz. paper cups. Top with the watermelon mixture and insert craft sticks. Freeze for six… More »

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Cleft Lip and Cleft Palates Explained

In the United States, nearly 6,800 babies are born with oral-facial clefts each year.1 Cleft lip and cleft palate occur during pregnancy when the sides of the lip and roof of the mouth don’t fuse together properly. Cleft palate vs. Cleft lip Cleft palate is what happens when the roof of the mouth doesn’t close… More »