Oral Health Reads for Your Book Worm

Back-to-school season is the perfect time to help kids brush up on good oral health habits with a new book or two. Books on oral health can be a good way to get children excited about being independent and learning how to take care of their teeth on their own (with a little assistance!). Kick… More »

Healthy Smiles Help Keep Kids in School

Healthy smiles improve kids’ confidence and help them succeed in the classroom. Conversely, unhealthy smiles can keep them from attending school and making the grade. Even at school, oral health issues can distract kids and could cause them to fall behind in coursework. Untreated dental problems can be painful and embarrassing and can cause kids… More »

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Accepting Applications for Community Grants Program

Eligible Organizations Encouraged to Apply by Sept. 5 Illinois organizations may begin applying for grants to fund programs and services that improve the oral health of children in our state. Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, will accept applications for its annual Community Grants Program from Aug…. More »

Avocado Brownies

Ingredients: 2 ripe avocados, mashed 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted ½ cup light brown sugar (or Sucanat, or a brown sugar blend sugar substitute) 2 eggs ¾ cup flour ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt Directions: Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, mix avocados and melted… More »

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!