Spit and Pacifiers

Have you heard about the Swedish study linking pacifier use and a lower incidence of exzema and asthma in babies? The study actually went so far as to say that parents’ saliva from cleaning their babies’ binkies may have a beneficial effect. There was nothing noted about parents passing on the germ that causes cavities… More »

Heart Health and Your Gums

Like all responsible adults, I take care of my health and monitor my blood pressure for any abnormalities. That being said, I was shocked the first time I learned my oral health might have an effect on my heart! That’s right, the beating in my chest isn’t just affected by love, but also my oral… More »

Kick Your Kid’s Thumb-Sucking Habits

Learned in the womb and perfected as an infant, many children turn to thumb sucking in times of stress. Kids also use this practice in times of boredom, illness, and even at bedtime. This self-soothing technique has helped children gain independence and parents keep their sanity. But when it goes beyond the first few years,… More »

The Fluoride Effect

Nearly 45% of caregivers do not know if their water supply is fluoridated. And although 75% of people in the United States with access to community water supplies enjoy the benefits of fluoride, there are still some communities that choose not to add the mineral to their water. To find out the fluoridation status of… More »

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 »