How Are Dental Claims Handled?

If you visit a Delta Dental of Illinois network dentist or assign benefits, you won’t have to submit any paperwork – your dentist will submit a claim directly to Delta Dental of Illinois on your behalf after your dental appointment. On the other hand, if you visit an out-of-network dentist, you may have to submit… More »

How to Tell if Your Dentist is In-Network

One of the many ways Delta Dental of Illinois saves members money on dental services is by establishing lower costs with dentists. Dentists who agree to these pre-established fees are called in-network dentists, and Delta Dental of Illinois has one of the largest networks of dentists in the country. With nearly 156,000 dentists nationwide, there’s… More »

Broccoli Cheese Soup

Ingredients: 3 cups unsalted chicken stock 1 3/4 cups broccoli florets, coarsely chopped (about 8 ounces) 1 cup diced yellow onion 1/2 cup chopped carrot 3/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 cup half-and-half 4 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves Directions: Combine first seven ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to… More »

Unprecedented New Report Highlights Inequities in Dental Care in Illinois

Poor and rural populations—and especially children—suffering from lack of access to critically needed care Poor oral health is one of the most pressing, unmet health care issues facing Illinois children and adults today according to a new state oral health assessment report Oral Health in Illinois, the first comprehensive statewide oral health assessment ever completed…. More »

Holiday Stress: Nibbling Your Nails?

Is holiday stress causing you to bite your nails? Unfortunately, that means you’re also stressing your teeth and could potentially be sending slivers of fingernails into your gums. But as difficult as it may seem, you actually can nail your nibbling habit by trying these tips. One easy solution is to keep your nails trimmed… More »

Minty Breath for the Mistletoe

For many, kissing under the mistletoe is a time-honored tradition – but if one of you has bad breath, it might not be such a merry experience. To keep your breath mistletoe-ready, try these tips: Skip smelly foods. Steer clear of foods that contain onion and garlic. These ingredients tend to contribute to stinky breath. … More »

Creamy Herb Dip

Ingredients: ½ cup cream cheese ¼ cup buttermilk 2 tablespoons minced chives 1 tablespoon minced parsley 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind ¼ teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon black pepper Directions: Combine all ingredients in a bowl and beat with a mixer until smooth, about 2 minutes. Serve with your favorite veggies.

7 Holiday Tips to Brighten Your Smile

This is the time of year to eat, drink and be merry with friends and family, but some holiday habits can be hard on your teeth. Follow these tips to help keep your smile merry and bright. Be cautious of candy canes. Though the minty treats are tasty, sucking on candy for a long period… More »