Easter Deviled Eggs

Ingredients: 12 large eggs ¼ cup creamy salad dressing or low-fat mayo Salt and ground black pepper to taste Hot sauce ¼ teaspoon dry mustard 4 drops red food coloring 4 drops blue food coloring 4 drops green food coloring 3 cups water Directions: Place eggs into a large saucepan, cover with cold water, and… More »

How Stress Harms Your Oral Health

April is Stress Awareness Month. It’s no surprise that the month of April can provoke stress as Tax Day occurs on April 18. Studies have shown that stress can have harmful effects on our health, but did you know that our mouths can also be affected by stress? Your dentist can detect oral symptoms of… More »

Regular Dental Checkups Help Detect Oral Cancer

At a routine checkup, dentists can spot a lot more than just cavities. In fact, your dentist can detect the symptoms of more than 120 diseases, including oral cancer – another reason why it is so important to visit your dentist for regular checkups and exams. You may not realize it, but your dentist is… More »

Land of Smiles: Recap for the 2016-17 School Year

“Land of Smiles,” one of Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s signature programs,  the importance of maintaining good oral health habits through an interactive and educational show. Today marks the last show of the 2016-17 school year for this highly entertaining program.  During the 2016-17 school year, the “Land of Smiles” program visited nearly 165 Illinois… More »

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Seeking Applications for $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award

Organizations looking to impact children’s oral health in Illinois encouraged to apply by May 26  Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, is now accepting applications for its annual Wisdom Tooth Award. The $100,000 grant will support a nonprofit organization that works to improve the oral health of… More »

Zucchini-Oatmeal Cookies

Ingredients: ½ cup butter ¾ cup Stevia or other sugar substitute 1 egg ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ½ cups grated zucchini 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup quick cooking oats 1 cup granola 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In… More »

How to Handle Dental Treatment Billing Questions

Have a question about a dental claim? Login to your group member or individual member account on Delta Dental of Illinois’ website to find information about recent claims and any claims filed within the past 18 months. If you don’t have an account, you can register for one. If you are unable to locate your… More »

Can a Vegetarian Diet Affect Your Oral Health?

Whether for health or ethical reasons, many people opt to be vegetarian or vegan. However, meat is a good source of many essential vitamins and minerals. Without them, vegetarians may have a higher risk for oral health problems, including gum disease. Luckily, there are other ways to get those nutrients to ensure that your smile… More »

Illinois Kids Rake in More than $10 million for Lost Teeth Last Year

Delta Dental survey shows average Tooth Fairy gift tracked with S&P 500 An unlikely but accurate economic indicator, Tooth Fairy payouts are soaring with the going rate for a lost baby tooth in the Midwest increasing from $3.11 in 2015 to $4.04 in 2016. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental,… More »

The Difference Between Annual Maximum and Deductible

Annual maximums and deductibles are common in many health plans, including dental plans. An annual maximum is the maximum dollar amount a dental benefit plan will pay toward the cost of dental care within a specific period, usually a calendar year. If your plan’s annual maximum is $1,000, your carrier will pay its portion of… More »