Strawberry Watermelon Popsicles

Ingredients: 2 cups fresh watermelon, cubed 1 cup fresh strawberries, chopped Directions: In a blender, combine watermelon and strawberries. Blend until smooth. Let mixture sit for 5 minutes before pouring into popsicle molds. Freeze for 6-8 hours and enjoy!

Keep Your Child’s Teeth Healthy This Summer

Delta Dental of Illinois provides simple tips to help ensure children’s oral health habits don’t take a vacation When school breaks for the summer, too often, good oral health habits follow suit. According to parents in a nationwide survey by Delta Dental, nearly 30 percent say summer vacation is the most difficult time to get… More »

Grilled Shrimp & Roasted Pepper Pizza

Ingredients: •  3/4 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined •  1 red onion, thinly sliced •  1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing •  2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced •  1 tablespoon finely grated lime zest •  Juice of 1 lime •  Salt and freshly ground pepper •  1 pound prepared… More »

Why Dental Benefits Matter to Employee Wellness

June is Employee Well-Being Month Dental benefits and employee wellness go hand in hand. Most dental plans promote preventive care and good oral health habits, which can improve an employee’s overall health. By investing in employee health through offering dental coverage and other health benefits, companies can improve employee productivity and reduce costs associated with… More »

June is National Smile Month

Surveys show Illinoisans recognize the power of smiles Illinois residents agree that good oral health habits have a tie to confidence, happiness and success – and those with dental benefits seem to have the best oral health. June is National Smile Month, and new Delta Dental of Illinois surveys find more reasons to strive for… More »

Why Men Should Take Better Care of Their Smiles

The men in our lives are important to us – which is why we should remind them how essential it is to take good care of their grins. Certain lifestyle choices and habits may put men at a disadvantage when it comes to oral health, but smiles are important – so their oral health care… More »

Get Smart About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, or “third molars,” are the final set of adult teeth to push through the gums in the back of both sides of the jaws. They usually emerge between the ages of 17 and 21 to complete your full set of 32 teeth. Problems arise, however, when there isn’t enough room for the wisdom… More »

Myth vs. Fact: Pregnant Women and Dental Care

The list of “dos and don’ts” for pregnant women is long – and sometimes contradictory. For example, you may have heard that pregnant women should postpone any dental work until after the baby arrives, but waiting to get treatment for dental issues can actually cause more damage. Here’s the truth behind that myth and three others. … More »

Strawberry Basil Bruschetta

Ingredients: 1 French baguette, sliced ½ cup Greek yogurt 1½ cups sliced strawberries ½ cup chopped fresh basil ½ cup Balsamic vinegar about a handful of almond slivers freshly ground black pepper   Directions: Pour the vinegar in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower the heat and continue… More »

Importance of Women’s Oral Health Care

Discover How Hormones Affect Women’s Oral Health this Women’s Health Month Good oral health habits help protect against tooth decay, gum disease and other oral health issues. However, women are more susceptible to changing hormone levels from puberty, certain types of birth control, pregnancy and menopause, and these hormone changes can impact oral health. May… More »