The Effects of Alcohol on Teeth

It’s common to indulge in a libation or two to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – but will your smile feel the effects the next day? Here are a few ways to combat potential oral health issues while raising your glass to the Irish. Stay hydrated. Drinks containing spirits are especially drying to the mouth. A… More »

What’s the Difference Between Copay and Coinsurance?

Copayment and coinsurance1 are both ways you help share the costs of dental care with Delta Dental of Illinois. Most of the time, Delta Dental of Illinois members have a copay or coinsurance, but not both. Here’s what you need to know: Copayment, also known as a copay, is a set dollar amount you are… More »

A Rainbow of Foods to Keep Your Smile Healthy

You may not discover a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day, but there are other ways rainbows can make you smile this month. These colorful fruits and veggies are full of flavor and will help keep your smile sparkling. Red: Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C,… More »

The Original Tooth Fairy Poll

Tooth Fairy payouts dip 15 percent in Midwest Illinois kids still pocket more than $9 million for lost baby teeth The Tooth Fairy tightened her purse strings after an all-time high payout for lost teeth in 2016. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental, the going rate for a lost tooth… More »

Snacks That Will Make Your Guests Smile

Whether you’re hosting your book club or throwing a game-day bash, you can help your guests take care of their smiles as well as their taste buds. Rosé?1  No way. Champagne, prosecco and rosé may be having their moment in the spotlight, but these trendy tipples can be hard on tooth enamel because of their… More »

All the President’s Teeth

Celebrate President’s Day on February 19! To mark the holiday that honors presidents of the United States, we’re taking a look at a job that comes with a little less fanfare: the presidents’ dentist. If you find it hard to carve time out of your busy day to go to the dentist, imagine how difficult… More »

Salted Edamame

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh or frozen edamame in pods 6 cups water 1 tablespoon coarse salt Directions: Bring water and salt to a boil. Add edamame and cook for 5 minutes or until tender enough to easily pop out of the pods. Drain and toss the pods with salt, then serve warm or cold.

How Dental Benefits Go Beyond Dental Issues

In honor of American Heart Month this February, we’re taking a look at an unexpected way to curb heart disease ­– visiting the dentist. Scheduling a dental appointment isn’t just about taking care of your teeth. Your mouth can reveal a lot about your overall health. Signs and symptoms of dozens of systemic diseases, disorders,… More »

February is Children’s Dental Health Month

Children’s Dental Health Month in February is a great time to focus on the fact that kids’ dental health is just as important as their overall health. With all of parents’ to-do’s, oral health care is oftentimes last on their lists. Establishing routine oral health habits early on is the first step to setting the… More »