The Best Treats for Your Sweetie This Valentine’s Day

Your Valentine will likely love the heart-shaped box of chocolates you’re planning on gifting, but the dentist probably won’t. Not all chocolates in the assortment are created equal, though. Here are some of the worst offenders – and the chocolates you can reach for guilt-free. The Best Treats Milk or white chocolate: Plain milk or… More »

Land of Smiles

Land of Smiles is back in Illinois this year educating Illinois pre-kindergarteners through third-graders on the importance of taking care of their teeth. Land of Smiles is an educational program offered free to Illinois elementary schools by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation During the program, Tooth Wizard will battle his arch-enemy PlaqueMan for the health… More »

Dentist by 1 – Your Child’s 1st Visit

As a dentist and a mother, I’m often asked the question, “When should my child first see a dentist?” My answer usually surprises people. Children should see a dentist by age 1 or within six months after the first tooth comes in. A simple rule to remember is “first visit by first birthday.” You may… More »

Happy Children’s Oral Health Month

Although cavities are nearly 100% preventable, more than one in four Illinois caregivers reported that their children had a cavity filled in the past year, according to a new survey released February 1 by Delta Dental of Illinois in conjunction with National Children’s Dental Health Month. Among children who had a cavity in the past year,… More »

Pregnancy Pointers

Few things hold greater value than the birth of a healthy baby. Most pregnant women recognize how important their health is for their baby’s health, but may ignore a critical component – their oral health.   It’s common knowledge that when a woman becomes pregnant there are drastic changes in her hormone levels. These changes… More »

Diabetes Double Trouble

Diabetes is a real threat that demands attention day in and day out. I’m sure your familiar with some of the problems diabetes can cause. Spiked blood sugar, weight gain, and frequent infections are only a few of the conditions people with diabetes have. If you have diabetes, one of the most important maintenance practices… More »

Smoking Stinks

I was once informed that if I wait to change until I am ready, I’ll be waiting the rest of my life. Change is hard and change can be scary, but when you are changing to improve your life or to make yourself healthy, change is always good. No one can deny that smoking has… More »

Sugar Shockers

If you are anything like me, you probably don’t check every single nutritional label on the foods you eat. You buy what tastes good and don’t give much thought to the ingredients. Well my friend, I am here to tell you that you have been missing a lot of information that can help you keep… More »