Grilled Banana Boats

Ingredients: Bananas Chocolate chips Nuts Directions: Cut a slit in a banana with the peel still on.  Stuff the banana with fillings like dark chocolate chips and chopped nuts. Wrap the stuffed banana in foil and roast on a grill or over a campfire for about five minutes. It’s still a little sticky, but eliminates… More »

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Illinois Retirement Income from the Tooth Fairy?

New Analysis Finds Tooth Fairy Giving Could Yield Nearly $2 Billion in Savings for Illinois 6-Year-Olds It turns out a good source for retirement income for today’s kids in Illinois may be right under their pillows. According to a new analysis by Delta Dental of Illinois, if today’s 6-year-olds in Illinois invest all the money… More »

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The Added Benefits of Dental Plans

If you have dental benefits, you may already visit your dentist regularly for cleanings and exams. Most dental plans cover these specific preventive services at 100 percent, meaning no out-of-pocket cost for you. But those basic services are just the beginning of how a dental plan can benefit you over the course of your lifetime…. More »

Dentist by 1 – Encouraging Good Oral Health Habits Among Illinois Children

A child’s health is important to any parent.  In fact, the first thing most parents wish for when they are expecting a child is for their child to be born healthy.  A child’s overall health is always at the forefront of a parent’s mind; however, many parents are unaware that their child’s oral health can… More »

Veggie Omelet

Veggie Omelet

Ingredients: 1 teaspoon olive oil 2 tablespoons chopped red bell pepper 1 tablespoon chopped onion ¼ cup sliced mushrooms 1 cup loosely packed fresh baby spinach leaves, rinsed 2 eggs, beaten 1 tablespoon water 1 tablespoon shredded cheddar cheese Salt and pepper to taste Directions: Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add… More »

Apple Slices

Caramel Yogurt Dip with Fresh Apple Slices

Ingredients: 1/8 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. agave syrup ¼ cup brown sugar One 6 oz. container plain yogurt 1 tsp. vanilla extract Apple slices Directions: Combine salt, syrup and sugar in a small saucepan and heat on low until sugar dissolves.  Remove from heat and stir in yogurt and vanilla.  Allow to cool.  For a… More »

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Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Accepting Community Grant Applications

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, will begin accepting applications for its annual community grants program today. The community grants program provides funding for programs and organizations that improve the oral health of Illinois children. The Foundation will award grants up to $10,000 to organizations that… More »


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 Dijon or yellow 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 »