November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Regular dental exams could be the first line of defense against diabetes While more than a million Illinoisans have been diagnosed with diabetes, an additional 350,000 have the disease but are unaware. Yet a regular dental exam could be all that’s needed to provide a clue, according to a dental expert from Delta Dental of… More »

What Your Tongue Can Say About Your Oral Health

Your tongue can say a lot – even without speaking a word. The color, texture and patterns of your tongue can provide insight into the state of your oral and overall health. Here are some things your tongue may be trying to tell you. White coating.  A tongue that appears white is usually the result… More »

Caring for Loved Ones – and Their Oral Health

Happy National Family Caregivers Month. At any given time, more than 65 million people in the U.S. care for a chronically ill, disabled or aging family member, spending an average of 20 hours per week providing care.1 If you’re part of the 29 percent of the U.S. population caring for loved ones,2 it’s important to… More »

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients: 1 ½ cups raw pumpkin seeds 2 teaspoons butter, melted 1 pinch salt Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Toss seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.

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 »