Why Men Should Take Better Care of Their Smiles

The men in our lives are important to us – which is why we should remind them how essential it is to take good care of their grins. Certain lifestyle choices and habits may put men at a disadvantage when it comes to oral health, but smiles are important – so their oral health care… More »

Get Smart About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or “third molars,” are the final set of adult teeth to push through the gums in the back of both sides of the jaws. They usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 21 to complete your full set of 32 teeth. Problems arise, however, when there isn’t enough room for the wisdom… More »

Myth vs. Fact: Pregnant Women and Dental Care

The list of “dos and don’ts” for pregnant women is long – and sometimes contradictory. For example, you may have heard that pregnant women should postpone any dental work until after the baby arrives, but waiting to get treatment for dental issues can actually cause more damage. Here’s the truth behind that myth and three others. … More »

Strawberry Basil Bruschetta

Ingredients: 1 French baguette, sliced ½ cup Greek yogurt 1½ cups sliced strawberries ½ cup chopped fresh basil ½ cup Balsamic vinegar about a handful of almond slivers freshly ground black pepper   Directions: Pour the vinegar in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and continue… More »

Importance of Women’s Oral Health Care

Discover How Hormones Affect Women’s Oral Health this Women’s Health Month Good oral health habits help protect against tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues. However, women are more susceptible to changing hormone levels from puberty, certain types of birth control, pregnancy and menopause, and these hormone changes can impact oral health. May… More »

The Value of Dental Benefits

Take a closer look at your dental benefits and you’ll see that while they offer financial value, they also have worth to which you can’t attach a dollar amount. How do dental benefits help you save money at the dentist? Well, they often cover preventive care, like dental checkups, entirely and help you pay for… More »

Easter Deviled Eggs

Ingredients: 12 large eggs ¼ cup creamy salad dressing or low-fat mayo Salt and ground black pepper to taste Hot sauce ¼ teaspoon dry mustard 4 drops red food coloring 4 drops blue food coloring 4 drops green food coloring 3 cups water Directions: Place eggs into a large saucepan, cover with cold water, and… More »

How Stress Harms Your Oral Health

April is Stress Awareness Month. It’s no surprise that the month of April can provoke stress as Tax Day occurs on April 18. Studies have shown that stress can have harmful effects on our health, but did you know that our mouths can also be affected by stress? Your dentist can detect oral symptoms of… More »

Regular Dental Checkups Help Detect Oral Cancer

At a routine checkup, dentists can spot a lot more than just cavities. In fact, your dentist can detect the symptoms of more than 120 diseases, including oral cancer – another reason why it is so important to visit your dentist for regular checkups and exams. You may not realize it, but your dentist is… More »

Land of Smiles: Recap for the 2016-17 School Year

“Land of Smiles,” one of Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s signature programs,  the importance of maintaining good oral health habits through an interactive and educational show. Today marks the last show of the 2016-17 school year for this highly entertaining program.  During the 2016-17 school year, the “Land of Smiles” program visited nearly 165 Illinois… More »