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.

It’s Spring Break – 6 Ways to Care for Your Teeth on Vacation

It’s Spring Break – a time for families to pack up their suitcases and spend a nice long week together. Everyone wants to avoid the dull and dreary routine of everyday life when they’re on vacation. But that doesn’t mean you can slack off regular brushing and flossing. Good dental habits ward off plaque, a… More »

The Affordable Care Act & Delta Dental of Illinois

With the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act last June, it’s clear how consumers access health benefits will change drastically. What isn’t changing is Delta Dental of Illinois’ commitment to its mission of improving the oral health of people of Illinois. We will continue to pursue this mission by providing affordable benefit plans… More »

St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations Can Harm Your Teeth

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and you might soon be tempted to imbibe in a pint of green beer. Before you take your first swig, keep in mind the trouble you might cause in your mouth. Tooth decay is a big problem related to alcohol consumption because of the sugars and acids… More »

Delta Dental Effective Discount

Delta Dental’s Effective Discounts Lead the Industry ”Size of Delta Dental’s Network Results in Nation’s Best Effective Discount” Recent data from NetMinder reaffirms that Delta Dental has the largest network of dentists in the nation, just as it has since 1954. The Delta Dental Premier® network features 80 percent of dentists nationwide.

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is committed to improving children’s oral health in the state. Here are a few ways the Foundation helps. Land of Smiles Throughout the month, thousands of pre-k through third-grade students in Illinois elementary schools will enjoy “Land of Smiles,” an educational oral health program that teaches proper brushing and… More »

Germs & Your Toothbrush

We have been told time and time again that washing our hands is the key to keeping germs at bay, but have you ever given much thought to the germs that make it into your mouth? Most people catch a cold or the flu when they put their bacteria-covered hands in their mouths. Your mouth… More »

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 %).