Ingredients: 1 ½ cups cooked broccoli stems with tough outer layers peeled off 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder ½ tomato, diced 1 scallion, sliced 1 can chopped green chiles Directions: Blend broccoli stems, lemon juice, cumin, and garlic powder until smooth. Add the tomato, scallion and chiles… More »

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Eat Healthy for a Healthy Mouth

March marks the beginning of spring and is National Nutrition Month.  With the renewal that spring brings, it is the perfect time to evaluate your diet and make sure you are getting vital nutrients that are essential to your overall health as well as your oral health.  To help you have a healthy body and… More »

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Ease Your Child’s Dental Anxiety: Babies, Teens & Ages in Between

Does your child get anxious or scared at the mere mention of a dentist appointment? As a parent, there are many ways to soothe the stress. Help your child move from screaming “AHHH!!!” to calmly opening wide and saying, “Ahh…”   INFANTS & TODDLERS Infants and toddlers experience “firsts” on a daily basis. Once your… More »


Tooth Fairy fiscally conservative in Illinois

The Tooth Fairy was less generous in Illinois in 2014 than other parts of the country, according to The Original Tooth Fairy Poll® sponsored by Delta Dental of Illinois.1 Nationally, parents reported the going rate for a lost baby tooth was $4.36 last year,2 while the average in Illinois was just $2.89. Despite her stinginess,… More »

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Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Land of Smiles Travels to Illinois Schools to Educate Children on Good Oral Health Habits

Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease,1 and more than half of Illinois third graders have had at least one cavity.2 In an effort to teach young children cavity-fighting oral health habits, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s “Land of Smiles” program will visit elementary schools throughout Illinois. The highly entertaining and educational… More »

The Love Connection Between Heart and Oral Heath

Take Care of your Heart (and your Teeth) this Valentine’s Day

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, love is on our minds.  From chocolates to flowers, Valentine’s Day is a time to show our loved ones how much we care.  As you think about your loved ones and those dear to your heart, take a moment to also think about the health of your heart. February… More »

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Don’t overlook important oral health habits for young children

By Dr. Katina Spadoni Dental Director for Delta Dental of Illinois February is Children’s Dental Health Month, a great time to remember that a child’s oral health is set in motion from a very young age. Tooth decay can develop any time after the first tooth comes in, starting around 6 months old, and good… More »


Valentine’s Day Fruit Kabobs

Ingredients: Watermelon Cantaloupe Pineapple Honeydew Directions: Cut your fruit into ½” thick slices. Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter to cut hearts from the slices, then arrange the slices on skewers for a healthy Valentine’s Day snack. Print this recipe

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Celebrate National Children’s Dental Health Month!

Though big holidays and celebrations like Valentine’s Day, Presidents Day and Mardi Gras occur in the month of February, one of the most important events goes on all month long: National Children’s Dental Health Month. One of the best things you can do for your children is to give them a good foundation on which… More »