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 »

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Delta Dental of Illinois’ Fall Issue of Grin! Now Available

The fall issue of Grin!, Delta Dental of Illinois’ quarterly member magazine is now available to view online and on the Grin! mobile app for Android and Apple devices. Here’s what you’ll find in the fall issue: Help your smile be prepared. See what five items your dental hygienist would like you to keep handy. Stamp out your smoking habit…. More »

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Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Dentist by 1 Event Provides Free Care

60 Chicago area children received dental care at August 27 event Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation recently provided free dental care to 60 children, age 5 and younger, at its annual Dentist By 1 event on Saturday, August 27, at Elgin Community College. Nearly $5,500 worth of dental care was provided by 17 oral health… More »

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Dental Visits Decoded: Cleanings

Has it been awhile since your last dental visit? Having a dental professional clean your teeth helps remove plaque, tartar and stains that you can’t tackle on your own. In case it’s been a while since you’ve found yourself in a dental chair, here’s what you can expect when you go in for a cleaning…. More »

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Teachable Teeth

As always, summer has flown by, and it’s back-to-school time again. As your kids gear up to learn about reading, writing and arithmetic, it’s a great time to add an oral health “lesson plan!” Here are a few activities for young children. Tooth Trivia Oral health is pretty fascinating — especially if you spin it… More »

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School Lunch Can Pack a Sugar Punch

Many parents think packing a brown bag lunch for their child is a healthier option than sticking with the school lunch menu. That can be true — as long as you’re mindful about the items you include! Try these easy swaps to reduce the amount of sugar in your child’s packed lunch. Ditch the regular… More »