A full Thanksgiving menu of mouth-friendly nutrients

Nutritious foods show up in abundance during November’s festivities. If you’re searching for nutrients that’ll help your smile, learn where they might be hiding in your Thanksgiving meal.   Main dishes Turkey is rich in protein, which means it contains high amounts of phosphorus.1 Phosphorus is important for strengthening bones and teeth as well as… More »

Quick pumpkin pudding

Pumpkin is a staple of the season and a super good source of vitamin A for gum health and enamel strength.1 To avoid the sugar and starch often found in pumpkin pie, try this festive sugar-free recipe for pumpkin pudding. Ingredients: 1 package (5.1 ounces) of sugar-free vanilla instant pudding and pie filling mix 12… More »

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Awards More than $180,000 to Organizations that Improve Illinois Children’s Oral Health

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, announced its 2018 Community Grants Program recipients. The Foundation awarded more than $180,000 to 21 nonprofit and community organizations with programs and services that improve children’s oral health in Illinois. Through our Community Grants Program, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation has… More »

Five Ways to Maximize Your Dental Benefits Before the End of the Year

Having dental benefits contributes to better oral health, overall health and well-being.  Our 2018 Oral Health and Well-Being Survey found that people with dental benefits are 58 percent more likely to visit the dentist, which leads to better oral health.  Consequently, people who reported excellent oral health were twice as likely to report very good… More »

Sugar-free Mocha Mousse

This easy-to-make dessert is a decadent sugar-free treat that won’t wreak havoc on your teeth. Whip it up to satisfy your chocolate cravings while providing a key nutrient for a healthy smile. Made with whipping cream, this recipe delivers a hearty dose of calcium for strong bones and teeth. Ingredients: 2 cups heavy whipping cream… More »

Offering Voluntary Dental Benefits is Good for Business

Poor dental health may come at a large cost to your employees and your company. More than 90 million work hours are lost in the U.S. because of emergency or unplanned dental visits – and adults with poor oral health are more likely to miss work.1 In fact, nearly one-quarter (23 percent) of employed Illinoisans… More »

Delta Dental of Illinois Names John Maples President and CEO

The Board of Directors of Delta Dental of Illinois today announced that John Maples, a former Delta Dental of Illinois Board member and veteran sales and marketing professional, has been named president and CEO. Maples will also be president and CEO of Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Delta Dental of Illinois’ subsidiary companies. “John’s… More »

Halloween Treats that Will Scare Away – or Attract – Monster Cavities

Children will be decked out in costumes this Halloween – and they’ll also bring home bags filled with sugary chocolate, hard candy, gum, caramel and other cavity-causing treats. But don’t be scared: Delta Dental of Illinois has advice on choosing the best kinds of candy to keep your child’s smile healthy during this spine-chilling season…. More »

Calming Your Kids at the Dentist

One of the most important ways to keep your kids cavity free, especially during the season of sweets, is to see the dentist regularly. Routine checkups and cleanings are completely covered by most dental plans, so there’s no reason to skip a visit. There’s one deterrent, though, that you might run into – kids getting… More »

Tricks to outsmart your sweet tooth

Halloween is around the corner, and trick-or-treating is sure to bring in a ton of sugary loot. Before the holiday, consider the cavity-causing effects that candy can have on teeth. Enjoying sweets in moderation and managing cravings can help you avoid tooth decay. Start taming your or your family’s sweet tooth now by learning how… More »