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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Why Dental Benefits Focus on Preventive Care

One word explains why dental benefits work: prevention. Most dental disease is preventable, which is why dental benefits are designed to help keep your mouth healthy, so you won’t develop serious oral health problems. To promote preventive care, many dental plans cover all or most of the cost for routine dental checkups, including cleanings and exams,… 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 all… More »

How Does Your Oral Health Stack Up?

Annually, Delta Dental of Illinois conducts an Oral Health and Well-Being Survey asking Illinoisans about their opinions and habits related to oral health. This year’s results uncovered a strong connection between oral health and overall well-being. In fact, the survey found that 77 percent of Illinoisans report their oral health as good, very good or… More »

2016 Crain’s Giving Guide featuring the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation believes that establishing oral health habits early sets the stage for a lifetime of good oral health. For this reason, the Foundation develops and supports programs and organizations that promote oral health education and access to dental health care with a focus on children. Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is… More »

No Sugar-Added Strawberry Banana Ice Cream

Ingredients: 2 bananas, frozen and sliced ½ cup frozen strawberries 2 tablespoons heavy cream ½ teaspoon vanilla Directions: Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, similar to soft serve ice cream. Transfer into an airtight container and freeze for at least three hours, then scoop and serve.  

Five Conversations for Fathers to Have with Their Children About Oral Health

Hey dads: how often do you talk about healthy behaviors with your child? June is Men’s Health Month, and with Father’s Day right around the corner, it’s time you pass on some fatherly wisdom about oral health habits. Start these five conversations about oral health with your child this month, and know that you could… More »