Top Tricks and Treats for a Tooth-friendly Halloween

Most little monsters will bring home a scary stash of candy after trick-or-treating, so it’s not surprising that nearly 1 in 5 Illinois parents say Halloween is one of the toughest times to get their kids to maintain good oral health habits.1 But don’t get frightened, Delta Dental of Illinois offers parents some tricks and… More »

Halloween Costumes Sure to Make You Smile

If you’ve seen one vampire or princess, you’ve seen ‘em all. This year, help your child (or yourself) stand out from the crowd with a DIY oral health-themed costume. The Tooth Fairy. If you have a few Halloweens or dance recitals under your belt, you may already own all of the elements necessary for this… More »

Don’t be Surprised By Your Dentist Bill

It’s a season of surprises, but you don’t need to be caught off guard by your dental bill. Before you have a dental procedure or treatment, ask your dentist to submit a pre-treatment estimate to Delta Dental of Illinois. A free pre-treatment estimate, sometimes called a pre-determination or pre-authorization, gives patients an approximate idea of… More »

The Oral Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin is a quintessential symbol of the fall season. Chances are that your favorite fall dishes include pumpkin as an ingredient ­– or even feature it as the star of the plate. In addition to being delicious, pumpkin also provides a variety of oral health benefits that may help balance the sugary excess of Halloween… More »

September is Healthy Aging Month

Delta Dental of Illinois encourages older adults to make oral health a priority A new survey1 from Delta Dental of Illinois finds that nearly half of Illinois adults worry about keeping their smile beautiful as they age. For Healthy Aging Month in September, Delta Dental of Illinois is encouraging adults to pay more attention to… More »

Delta Dental of Illinois’ Back to School Issue of Grin! Now Available

The back to school 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: 5 Healthy Ways to Think Outside the Lunch Box. Try these five alternative mouth-friendly lunches. Walk in the Shoes of A Dental Student. Hear a dental… More »

Watergate Salad

Ingredients: •  1-ounce package sugar-free, fat-free pistachio instant pudding •  8-ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained •  1 cup plain yogurt •  2 cups thawed sugar-free whipped cream •  Chopped walnuts Directions: 1. Combine dry pudding mix, pineapple and yogurt in a large bowl and whisk until blended. 2. Stir in the whipped cream. 3. Refrigerate… More »

Students get an oral health lesson from Tooth Wizard

This fall, pre-kindergarten through third-grade students will learn invaluable oral health lessons from Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan through the Land of Smiles program. Provided by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the educational program teaches good oral health habits to help battle tooth decay and prevent dental-related school absences. Although largely preventable, more than half of… More »

Oral Health and Preventive Measures for Alzheimer’s Patients

When an Alzheimer’s patient starts to exhibit symptoms of the disease, tasks that were once second nature can suddenly become challenging. Even daily routines, such as brushing and flossing, can be hard to remember – which is why gum disease and tooth decay are common in Alzheimer’s patients. To help a friend or family member… More »

Dental Benefits After Retirement

Most people have been planning for retirement for decades, tucking money away in retirement accounts and scheduling vacations. What many people forget to plan for, however, are dental benefits. Most retirees lose employer-sponsored dental coverage when they leave the workforce. And although the Medicare federal health insurance program is available for people who are over… More »