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Celery Mummies

Ingredients: Celery, cut into 2” sticks Garden vegetable cream cheese Deli turkey, cut into thin strips Directions: Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese into each celery stick. Arrange the thin strips of deli meat in a crisscross pattern on top of the cream cheese to resemble a mummy’s wrappings. Optional: Use tiny pieces of carrot, olive… More »

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Reenergize Your Oral Health Care Routine

Looking to reenergize your oral health routine? Try something new this fall for your smile. An easy change, like testing out a new toothpaste flavor, will help you get a fresh start on good oral health habits: Switch from a manual to an electric toothbrush. Simply changing the type of toothbrush you use may help… More »

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Take the Scare Out of Dental X-Rays

Dentists typically use X-rays to better investigate dental issues not evident to the naked eye, provide a baseline of a patient’s oral health history, monitor developing teeth (in children) and assess the health of bones and supporting gum tissues that hold teeth in place. X-rays use radiation to capture those images, and you’ve probably heard… More »

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How Do Your Sweets Stack Up?

Halloween is one of the spookiest holidays for teeth – but all candies are not equally frightful. Some of the sweets in your children’s treat bags have the potential to do more damage to teeth than others. On a scale of 1-10, with 10 being the worst, we rated the harmfulness of the most popular… More »


Land of Smiles Begins for the 2016-17 School Year

Sporting a sparkly silver and green robe and wielding a giant toothbrush as his wand, Tooth Wizard will help students defeat the evil PlaqueMan, at schools throughout Illinois. The wizard hero will lead the students on a journey into the “Land of Smiles,” the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation program that teaches pre-kindergarten through third… More »

Measuring Dental Networks: Facts You Need to Know

From the size of a dental provider’s network to utilization rates to money saved, there are multiple ways to measure the overall value of a provider network. The effective discount – which represents savings on all claims both in and out of the network – encompasses a number of individual measures. It is a good… More »

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Guacamole Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons lime juice ½ teaspoon salt 1 ripe avocado, peeled ½ cup chopped tomato 4 lettuce leaves 2 cups shredded chicken Directions: Mix the lime juice, salt and avocado together until smooth. Fold in the chopped tomato. Spread ¼ cup of the avocado mixture onto each lettuce leaf. Top with ½ cup shredded… More »

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Smart Mouths Go PPO

With so many dentists to choose from, it’s normal (and smart!) to have questions about picking one that best fits your needs. Does he or she have a good reputation? Are the prices fair? Is it a hassle to deal with claims? Dentists who agree to participate in the Delta Dental PPO℠ network have the… More »


Fruits and Veggies That Make Smiles Shine

Getting plenty of fruits and vegetables is essential to keeping your body healthy, and your smile is no exception. The fiber in fruits and vegetables stimulates saliva, which keeps the mouth moist and makes it difficult for harmful bacteria to grow. Fruits and veggies also provide vitamins and minerals such as calcium, iron and vitamin C…. More »


Healthy Aging Month

A healthy mouth contributes to good overall health, so it’s important to keep oral health in mind as you age. Practicing good oral health habits is an essential part of maintaining good overall health at any age. More than 44 million1 individuals in the United States are age 65 or older. In honor of Healthy… More »