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 »

Medications Can Affect Oral Health

As we age, many of us find ourselves with health conditions that require medication – and while medications can improve overall health, some may have adverse side effects on oral health. One of the most common side effects of many medications is dry mouth, which does more than just make you crave a cold glass… More »

2017 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient: UIC College of Dentistry

UIC College of Dentistry awarded $100,000 from Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Grant to help provide much-needed dental services to underserved Illinois children More than 800 low-income Illinois children with immediate dental needs are on a two-year waiting list for procedures that require general anesthesia at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of… More »

The Old College Try – Getting Kids to the Dentist

While at college, your child will most likely start a new routine. Trying new things is part of the experience, but studying late and eating junk food may jeopardize already established oral health habits like brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly. Regular dental checkups are important, especially for college-aged students who may be surviving… More »

Common Dental Procedures for Kids

Parents worry about their kids’ overall health and oral health more than their own. Understanding how your dental benefits cover preventive procedures can help start your children on a path to a lifetime of healthy smiles. When it comes to keeping kids’ mouths healthy, routine oral health habits – such as brushing twice a day,… More »