Examine Your Eyes!

Regular eye exams are an essential part of preventive health care. Since many eye and vision problems have no obvious signs or symptoms, routine exams help maintain good vision and eye health, and when possible, prevent vision loss. In addition, various medical problems – including diabetes and high blood pressure – are detectable during an… More »

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

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, is accepting applications for its seventh annual Wisdom Tooth Award through May 13. The $100,000 grant is available to a non-profit organization, government entity or school with a program dedicated to improving oral health in the state. The Wisdom Tooth Award… More »

The History of Women in Dentistry

To celebrate National Women’s History Month, take a look at the tremendous women who have changed dentistry for the better. Although we couldn’t cover all the pioneering women who helped shape dental care, we’ve included just some of their milestone stories. Lucy Beaman Hobbs Taylor The first woman to graduate from dental school had some… More »

What You Need to Know in Case of a Dental Emergency

No matter how careful you are, dental emergencies can strike at any time. Make sure you’re prepared for any dental issues that may arise by knowing how your dental plan covers emergency care and what to do in the case of a dental emergency. How Dental Plans Cover Emergency Dental Care Most dental benefits cover… More »

What your family history says about your teeth

Your genetics may provide a window into your risk for oral health issues. Understanding your family history can help you stay prepared to keep cavities and gum disease at bay. Your parents probably told you candy causes cavities, but that’s not the only thing that causes them. Risk for cavities is 60 percent due to… More »

Midwestern Tooth Fairy payouts drop a full $1 in two years

Tooth Fairy giving is down across the nation with average payouts taking a plunge for a second consecutive year, including a significant decrease in the Midwest. The average amount Midwestern kids receive for a lost tooth from the Tooth Fairy dropped a full dollar over the past two years – and remains the lowest amount… More »

Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are jam-packed with mouth-friendly nutrients like vitamins A and C for gum health.1 This recipe for mashed sweet potatoes is naturally sweet but doesn’t contain added sugars. Plus, it’s quick and easy to make! Ingredients: 2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks ¼ to 1/3 cup milk 2 tablespoons salted… More »

Choosing Between a General and Pediatric Dentist

When looking for a dentist for your children, it can be tough to know who to see. Should you search for a general family dentist or would your children benefit from pediatric care? You can’t go wrong either way, but it’s good to have all the facts before you make a decision. Similarities Both accredited… More »

The Basics of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

When parents put their little ones to sleep, sometimes they leave them with a bottle. While that might be soothing as they drift off to dreamland, leaving a bottle in the crib can be problematic for tiny teeth. In celebration of National Children’s Dental Health Month this February, take a moment to brush up on… More »

How to Prevent Gum Disease and Maintain a Healthy Smile

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, half of Americans aged 30 or older have periodontitis, or gum disease. Periodontitis can lead to tooth loss, affect overall health and be aggravated by poor oral health habits, smoking, medication and an unhealthy diet.1 In honor of Gum Disease Awareness Month, take a moment to… More »