Coverage for Dental Specialists

The trees are blooming and their roots are growing. But what happens if the roots of your teeth aren’t doing so well? Learn how your dental benefits work when you’re referred to an endodontist for a root canal or when you need to see another dental specialist There are multiple reasons you might need to… More »

April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

Regular dental exams are important for oral cancer detection Nearly 16 percent of Illinois residents smoke and about 3 percent use smokeless tobacco.1 While most people are aware that tobacco can cause cancer, many are unaware it’s a leading risk factor for oral cancer. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and Delta Dental of Illinois… More »

Rainbow Salsa

Ingredients: 3 tomatoes, diced 1 jalapeno pepper, diced and seeded 1 large red bell pepper, diced 1 large green bell pepper, diced 1 large yellow bell pepper, diced 1 15-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained 2/3 cup chopped red onion 1 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 cup fresh cilantro 2 tablespoons lime… More »

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

Eligible organizations looking to impact Illinois children’s oral health encouraged to apply by May 21 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 »

The Effects of Alcohol on Teeth

It’s common to indulge in a libation or two to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – but will your smile feel the effects the next day? Here are a few ways to combat potential oral health issues while raising your glass to the Irish. Stay hydrated. Drinks containing spirits are especially drying to the mouth. A… More »

What’s the Difference Between Copay and Coinsurance?

Copayment and coinsurance1 are both ways you help share the costs of dental care with Delta Dental of Illinois. Most of the time, Delta Dental of Illinois members have a copay or coinsurance, but not both. Here’s what you need to know: Copayment, also known as a copay, is a set dollar amount you are… More »

A Rainbow of Foods to Keep Your Smile Healthy

You may not discover a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow this St. Patrick’s Day, but there are other ways rainbows can make you smile this month. These colorful fruits and veggies are full of flavor and will help keep your smile sparkling. Red: Strawberries are a great source of vitamin C,… More »

The Original Tooth Fairy Poll

Tooth Fairy payouts dip 15 percent in Midwest Illinois kids still pocket more than $9 million for lost baby teeth The Tooth Fairy tightened her purse strings after an all-time high payout for lost teeth in 2016. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental, the going rate for a lost tooth… More »

Snacks That Will Make Your Guests Smile

Whether you’re hosting your book club or throwing a game-day bash, you can help your guests take care of their smiles as well as their taste buds. Rosé?1  No way. Champagne, prosecco and rosé may be having their moment in the spotlight, but these trendy tipples can be hard on tooth enamel because of their… More »

All the President’s Teeth

Celebrate President’s Day on February 19! To mark the holiday that honors presidents of the United States, we’re taking a look at a job that comes with a little less fanfare: the presidents’ dentist. If you find it hard to carve time out of your busy day to go to the dentist, imagine how difficult… More »