UV Safety Month: Don’t Overlook Oral Health

It’s UV Safety Month – a great time to remember that it’s essential to protect skin from the sun’s rays. When you’re outside this summer, remember to apply sunscreen to an often-overlooked part of the body: your lips. In fact, 63 percent of sunscreen users don’t protect their pucker.1 Sun exposure to lips can increase… More »

Keep an Emergency Kit Handy for Dental Injuries

The warm summer weather inspires people to get outside to enjoy swimming and sports. While fun, these activities also have the potential to cause dental injuries for both kids and adults. It’s important to keep dental emergency information, such as dental benefits and dentist phone numbers, handy for yourself and childcare providers in case you… More »

Race Toward a Healthy Smile

Exercise can be great for your lungs. It also strengthens muscles, helps prevent heart disease and obesity, builds endurance and even improves your mood. But it may not be so great for your teeth. According to the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, athletes who train frequently tend to have more cavities and tooth erosion than those who train or exercise less…. More »

Summertime Sweets Can Be Good for Teeth

Along with many overall health benefits, sweet-satisfying fruits have benefits for your smile, too! Give these fruits a try this summer: Strawberries are full of gum-building vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for the production of collagen, a protein that maintains gums strength and integrity — and strong gums are an important part of oral… More »

MLB Hits Smokeless Tobacco Out of the Park

Major League Baseball parks across the country have banned smokeless tobacco, a play that will help encourage fans and players to kick a habit that’s bad for oral and overall health.1 The biggest winners of the new rule may be our nation’s kids, who will no longer see and want to mimic their favorite baseball… More »

Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh watermelon, cubed 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped Directions: In a blender, combine watermelon and strawberries. Blend until smooth. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes before pouring into popsicle molds. Freeze for 6-8 hours and enjoy!

Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy This Summer

Delta Dental of Illinois provides simple tips to help ensure children’s oral health habits don’t take a vacation When school breaks for the summer, too often, good oral health habits follow suit. According to parents in a nationwide survey by Delta Dental, nearly 30 percent say summer vacation is the most difficult time to get… More »

Grilled Shrimp & Roasted Pepper Pizza

Ingredients: •  3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined •  1 red onion, thinly sliced •  1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing •  2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced •  1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest •  Juice of 1 lime •  Salt and freshly ground pepper •  1 pound prepared… More »

Why Dental Benefits Matter to Employee Wellness

June is Employee Well-Being Month Dental benefits and employee wellness go hand in hand. Most dental plans promote preventive care and good oral health habits, which can improve an employee’s overall health. By investing in employee health through offering dental coverage and other health benefits, companies can improve employee productivity and reduce costs associated with… More »

June is National Smile Month

Surveys show Illinoisans recognize the power of smiles Illinois residents agree that good oral health habits have a tie to confidence, happiness and success – and those with dental benefits seem to have the best oral health. June is National Smile Month, and new Delta Dental of Illinois surveys find more reasons to strive for… More »