What to Expect for Your Oral Health When You’re Expecting

May is Pregnancy Awareness Month. At first glance, it may not seem like oral health has much to do with pregnancy, but it’s actually a critical part of it. A pregnant woman’s oral health can be correlated with the baby’s overall health, so it’s important to pay close attention to your dental care and any… More »

6 Time-Saving Oral Health Hacks

For Mother’s Day, it’s important to take a moment to recognize just how much moms and the women in our lives do for their families and friends all year round. Our gift to mothers this year is a list of six time-saving oral health hacks that can make things a little bit easier for moms… More »

Sweet Potato Soup Recipe

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 small onion, diced 1 shallot, diced 1-2 teaspoons salt Freshly ground black pepper 2 cloves garlic, chopped 3-4 sweet potatoes (about 2 pounds), peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock ½ teaspoon cinnamon 1 teaspoon paprika Directions: In a large pot, heat oil over… More »

The Seeds of Good Oral Health

As we grow, our oral health needs continue to evolve. Cultivate strong teeth by planting the seeds for good oral health early and knowing what to watch for at different life stages. Babies and Toddlers Baby teeth are susceptible to cavities and need daily upkeep from the very beginning. Before the first tooth arrives, wipe… More »

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 »