Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Cups

Ingredients: 5 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate 2 tablespoons butter, divided 4-6 packets powdered stevia 2 tablespoons unsweetened natural peanut butter 2 teaspoons almond meal/flour 2 droppers plain liquid stevia Directions: Melt the chocolate with 1 tablespoon butter. Add stevia to taste. In another bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and stir until smooth. Place 1 teaspoon… More »

Promote Good Oral Health with Elf on the Shelf

Families across the U.S. have welcomed Elf on the Shelf, Mensch on a Bench or other toys to get their kids to embrace good behavior around the holidays. But the elves and their pals don’t have to limit their lessons to the season – why not use them to promote good oral health habits? Here… More »

Six Ways to Incorporate Oral Health Into Your Holiday Traditions

The holidays are finally here! With all the figgy pudding and honey-glazed chestnuts, it can be hard to keep your smile twinkling like the tinsel on the tree. These tips will help you keep your smile merry and bright all season long. While it’s fun to stuff stockings with candy, the treats hung with care… More »

Keep Your Sweet Tooth Healthy This Holiday Season

Family gatherings, cookie decorating, work celebrations, friend get-togethers, school performances – calendars fill up quickly during the holiday season. When the days are jam-packed, it’s easy to skip an evening brushing session or munch on sweets instead of healthy snacks. The occasional slip-up won’t harm your oral health – just don’t make it a habit…. More »

Asparagus with Goat Cheese and Cherry Tomatoes

Ingredients: 1 pound asparagus spears Nonstick cooking spray 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper 2 tablespoons crumbled goat cheese Sliced cherry tomatoes   Directions: Place asparagus in a shallow pan and coat lightly with cooking spray. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill asparagus over medium heat directly on a greased grill rack for… More »

Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Awards More Than $175,000 to Organizations that Improve Illinois Children’s Oral Health

Through its Community Grants Program, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, awarded more than $175,000 to 19 nonprofit and community organizations with programs and services that improve children’s oral health in Illinois. “In the past five years, Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation has awarded nearly $800,000 in… More »

November is Diabetes Awareness Month

Regular dental exams could be the first line of defense against diabetes While more than a million Illinoisans have been diagnosed with diabetes, an additional 350,000 have the disease but are unaware. Yet a regular dental exam could be all that’s needed to provide a clue, according to a dental expert from Delta Dental of… More »

What Your Tongue Can Say About Your Oral Health

Your tongue can say a lot – even without speaking a word. The color, texture and patterns of your tongue can provide insight into the state of your oral and overall health. Here are some things your tongue may be trying to tell you. White coating.  A tongue that appears white is usually the result… More »

Caring for Loved Ones – and Their Oral Health

Happy National Family Caregivers Month. At any given time, more than 65 million people in the U.S. care for a chronically ill, disabled or aging family member, spending an average of 20 hours per week providing care.1 If you’re part of the 29 percent of the U.S. population caring for loved ones,2 it’s important to… More »

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients: 1 ½ cups raw pumpkin seeds 2 teaspoons butter, melted 1 pinch salt Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Toss seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.