Dentist By 1 – Oral Health Kit Distribution

As part of its “Dentist By 1” educational campaign, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation has donated nearly 4,500 oral health kits with a toothbrush, toothpaste, floss and educational flyer to organizations that support early childhood development for underprivileged children across Illinois. “This donation is one way to ensure more children in Illinois have the… More »

Cancel out Cancer

Let’s face the terrible facts surrounding this disease. Oral cancer kills close to 25% of the people diagnosed. Of the 35,000 people diagnosed with oral cancer, only about 50% of them will be alive after 5 years. The death rate is so high because many symptoms go unnoticed. Late diagnosis of oral cancer is by… More »

Rethink Your Refund

April 15 is a dreaded day for some – and a delightful day for others. If you’re expecting to get a few bucks back from your tax return this year, why not invest in your oral health? No matter the size of your refund, there’s something you can do to make your smile sparkle. Tooth… More »

New Discount Dental Member Program

Illinois residents now have an alternative to dental insurance from Illinois’ most experienced dental carrier. We are pleased to introduce Delta Dental Patient Direct. This discount card program includes reduced fees on many dental services. From routine cleanings to cosmetic services, Patient Direct provides low cost services from dentists who participate in the network. Delta… More »

Fluoridated Water still Remains a Great Oral Health Benefit

Have you had your dose of fluoride in your water today? According to the 2013 Delta Dental of Illinois Children’s Oral Health Survey, 64% of caregivers say bottled water is better than or equally as good as tap water for children’s oral health. This opinion is at odds with evidence-based dentistry and more than six… More »

Don’t Let Your Bad Breath Make You an April Fool

Bad breath is no joke. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to stop stinky breath before it starts. Here’s how you can avoid being an April Fool every day. Watch what you eat You probably already know that certain foods can give you foul breath long after the plates have been cleared…. More »

Outsmart Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can have many causes, including genetics, lifestyle factors such as smoking or heavy alcohol use, infections, or environmental exposures like excess sun. Although you can’t control the genes you inherit, you do have control over lifestyle choices and sun exposure. In honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month, take a few minutes to find… More »

Acid Reflux Can Affect Your Teeth

Ever experience a painful burning sensation radiating from inside the chest? Well, that’s good old heartburn. And persistent symptoms, more than twice weekly, may be a sign of acid reflux (officially Gastroesophogeal Reflux Disease, or GERD). However, not everyone with GERD suffers from heartburn. In fact, you may have GERD and not even know it.