Halloween Costumes Sure to Make You Smile

If you’ve seen one vampire or princess, you’ve seen ‘em all. This year, help your child (or yourself) stand out from the crowd with a DIY oral health-themed costume. The Tooth Fairy. If you have a few Halloweens or dance recitals under your belt, you may already own all of the elements necessary for this… More »

It’s a season of surprises, but you don’t need to be caught off guard by your dental bill. Before you have a dental procedure or treatment, ask your dentist to submit a pre-treatment estimate to Delta Dental of Illinois. A free pre-treatment estimate, sometimes called a pre-determination or pre-authorization, gives patients an approximate idea of… More »

The back to school issue of Grin!, Delta Dental of Illinois’ quarterly member magazine, is now available to view online and on the Grin! mobile app for Android and Apple devices. Here’s what you’ll find in the fall issue: 5 Healthy Ways to Think Outside the Lunch Box. Try these five alternative mouth-friendly lunches. Walk in the Shoes of A Dental Student. Hear a dental… More »

This fall, pre-kindergarten through third-grade students will learn invaluable oral health lessons from Tooth Wizard and PlaqueMan through the Land of Smiles program. Provided by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the educational program teaches good oral health habits to help battle tooth decay and prevent dental-related school absences. Although largely preventable, more than half of… More »

When an Alzheimer’s patient starts to exhibit symptoms of the disease, tasks that were once second nature can suddenly become challenging. Even daily routines, such as brushing and flossing, can be hard to remember – which is why gum disease and tooth decay are common in Alzheimer’s patients. To help a friend or family member… More »

Most people have been planning for retirement for decades, tucking money away in retirement accounts and scheduling vacations. What many people forget to plan for, however, are dental benefits. Most retirees lose employer-sponsored dental coverage when they leave the workforce. And although the Medicare federal health insurance program is available for people who are over… More »

UIC College of Dentistry awarded $100,000 from Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Grant to help provide much-needed dental services to underserved Illinois children More than 800 low-income Illinois children with immediate dental needs are on a two-year waiting list for procedures that require general anesthesia at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of… More »

While at college, your child will most likely start a new routine. Trying new things is part of the experience, but studying late and eating junk food may jeopardize already established oral health habits like brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly. Regular dental checkups are important, especially for college-aged students who may be surviving… More »