Be a Smart Mouth. Why It’s Important to Read Your Dental Policy

Most people probably don’t curl up in a comfy chair with a cup of coffee to read their dental policies, but it pays to thoroughly read through and understand your benefits. First of all, knowing your plan can help you save money at the dentist’s office. Being part of the Delta Dental PPOSM network typically… More »

Baked Parmesan Zucchini Rounds

Ingredients 2 zucchini, cut into ¼”-thick slices ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese Seasonings to taste Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Use foil to line a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Arrange zucchini rounds on the baking sheet, then season with salt, pepper, garlic salt or red pepper flakes. Sprinkle Parmesan cheese on… More »

Why Dental Plans Are So Valuable

You’re no doubt aware that dental coverage saves you money. Dental benefits prevent you from paying the full cost of many dental procedures, and often completely cover the cost of exams and other preventive services. But dental benefits have value beyond just dollars and cents. For example, your dentist screens for a number of diseases… More »

Delta Dental of Illinois Awards Scholarships to Further Oral Health Care in Illinois

Four Southern Illinois Dental Students honored for community outreach and volunteer work Delta Dental of Illinois today awarded scholarships to four students at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Dental Medicine. Blake Ferando, Kasey Kirchner, Thais Meredith and Eric Safranski received the scholarships in recognition of their outstanding work while pursuing dental degrees. As part… More »

Mouth-Friendly Recipe: Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

Ingredients: 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt 2 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted 1 clove garlic, minced 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin Salt and pepper to taste Veggies to dip, such as carrots, celery and pepper strips   Directions: Mix the yogurt, avocados, garlic, cilantro, lime juice and… More »

This Women’s Health Month, Learn How Life Changes Affect Oral Health

This Women’s Health Month, Learn How Life Changes Affect Oral Health Everyone needs to practice good oral health habits to guard against tooth decay, periodontal disease and other health concerns. However, due to the changing hormone levels that women experience from certain birth control, pregnancy or menopause, women have some oral health concerns that men… More »

How Delta Dental of Illinois Supports Tomorrow’s Dentists

The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry has been training Illinois dentists for over a century. Delta Dental of Illinois knows how valuable dentists are in helping ensure good oral health for the people of Illinois, and has had a long-standing relationship with UIC. Training and supporting dental students and dentists who… More »

Dental Insurance Still Key for Retirees

More than 44 million1 individuals in the United States are age 65 or older. Practicing good oral health habits is an essential part of maintaining good overall health at any age. Being retired doesn’t mean retiring good oral health routines. Maintaining one’s teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly is… More »

The Benefits of Getting Braces as an Adult

We often think of braces and other orthodontic treatments as being for adolescents, but plenty of adults get wired as well. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 1 million adults in the U.S. have orthodontia. Some adults may seek straightening for aesthetic reasons – though their teeth may not be… More »

Don’t Be So Sensitive!

You’ve likely experienced a little sensitivity when eating, perhaps after enjoying an ice-cold beverage or after biting into something particularly hot. Even breathing in a blast of cold air can sometimes cause discomfort. Why do some people experience sensitivity while others can eat whatever they want? Here are some of the most common causes. Exposed… More »