Happy Tooth Fairy Day!

How much are kids getting for lost baby teeth these days? The average gift from the Tooth Fairy was $2.42 last year, up 32 cents from $2.10 in 2011, according to The Original Tooth Fairy Poll® sponsored by Delta Dental. The most common amount left under the pillow was $1 (51 %).

Performance and Pain

I don’t know about you, but when I am in a meeting with a throbbing headache, it is hard to stay focused and alert. The pain blurs the information and I tend to bounce in and out of the meeting without ever actually grasping the message. For children, the distraction from tooth pain is the… More »

Brush, Brush, Brush Your Teeth

Some kids fight it, other kids love it, but all kids need to do it! I am talking about brushing and flossing daily. According to the 2013 Delta Dental Children’s Oral Health Survey, 30% of Illinois children brush for less than two minutes and only 19% floss daily. If brushing in your house doesn’t go… More »

Delta Dental of Illinois Individual Plans

At Delta Dental of Illinois, we are passionate about oral health and its importance to generations of families. We also know that many Illinoisans don’t have access to dental insurance. That’s why we created dental plans for individuals, couples, children and families who are without dental coverage, or don’t have a dental plan that’s right… More »

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 »