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 »

Encourage Kids to Brush, Floss and Visit the Dentist for a Healthy Smile

February is National Children’s Dental Health Month — the perfect time to emphasize the importance of establishing good oral health habits at an early age to prevent tooth decay. Although preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Tooth decay can develop any time after the first… More »

Greek Yogurt Hummus

This recipe for hummus with Greek yogurt is a satisfying appetizer or snack that’s good for your smile! Chickpeas are packed with folic acid, which helps facilitate healthy cell growth in your mouth.1 And if you use celery or carrot sticks instead of pita chips to dip in the hummus, it’s even better. Celery and… More »

The Role a Dentist Plays in Your Child’s Oral Health

Schedules may get hectic with school, extracurricular activities and homework, but making it to the dentist is always worth it. Dentists play a central role in children’s oral health that goes beyond checking teeth for cavities. The most obvious benefit dentists provide is preventive care through regular exams and cleanings. During these appointments, dentists or… More »

Preventive Care in the New Year

The new year is a great time to schedule dental checkups and cleanings. With most Delta Dental of Illinois plans, preventive care, like exams and cleanings, is provided at little or no cost to you.  Plus, Delta Dental of Illinois and most dental offices, make scheduling appointments quick and easy. Check out why preventive care… More »

Hot spinach and artichoke dip

Share a laugh over this delicious holiday appetizer that just happens to be packed with nutrients that are good for teeth. The cheese contains calcium for teeth strength, while the artichokes provide vitamin C1 for fighting off and recovering from infection.2 Just make sure to enjoy it with whole-grain crackers, which are better for your… More »