Water Fluoridation: One of the Greatest Public Health Achievements

Since U.S. cities began adding fluoride to water supplies more than 65 years ago, tooth decay has decreased dramatically. This result led the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to name water fluoridation as one of the Ten Great Public Health Achievements of the 20th Century. Though many areas in the U.S. fluoridate their water… More »

Juicy Swirl Popsicles

Cool down with these healthy, calcium-packed pops. It’s just a lucky coincidence that they are tooth-friendly too! Ingredients: 8-oz. low-sugar juice of your choice ½ cup plain or vanilla Greek yogurt Popsicle sticks Directions: Fill two-thirds of ice pop molds or small paper cups with the juice. Top with about two tablespoons of yogurt or… More »

Losing Your Wisdom (Teeth, That Is)

For many people, wisdom teeth (also known as “third molars”) are often more problematic than helpful. Wisdom teeth often come in misaligned or emerge only partially, and some remain trapped underneath the gums. These are known as “impacted” teeth and can eventually cause infection of the gums and surrounding bone.

Oral Health Tips for Expectant Mothers

As any woman who has been pregnant can tell you, there are many health changes that come with carrying a baby. Oral health is no exception. Here are five things to know if you or your significant other are expecting.

Healthy Lunch for Back-to-School

After a summer of lounging on the couch with snacks, it might be hard for your kids to let go of their beloved junk food and make the switch to healthy school lunches. With a little creativity and a lot of fruits and veggies, you can make your child’s lunch the healthiest lunch in the… More »

Sports and Mouthguards

Your children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day, and sports are a great way to ensure they stay physically fit. However, there are a few precautions that you should take before sending your kids into the field. For example, you should ensure that they are wearing protective gear like helmets, knee… More »

How to Handle Tooth Trauma

Accidents happen, but quick actions can save smiles As children head back to school, it is important to remember that dental emergencies can happen any time, any place. According to the 2013 Delta Dental Children’s Oral Health Survey, 1 out of 10 children ages 10 or 11 have had a tooth emergency such as a… More »

Foundation Community Grants Kick Off

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, is kicking off its annual community grants program to provide funding for programs and organizations that improve the oral health of children within the state. The Foundation will award grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to nonprofit organizations that provide oral health… More »

Beam Me Up: Lasers in Your Dentist’s Office

Once considered a fantasy technology seen only on television shows like Star Trek, lasers are now being used in ways even science fiction writers couldn’t have imagined, including a wide variety of dental applications. Here are just a few of the ways lasers are changing how dentists work. Bacteria Reduction

National Parent’s Day – Mentor Your Kids

July 28 is National Parent’s Day so what better a time to chat about how you can help set your little ones on the right path to pearly whites, because good dental habits can be fun if taught right! Common mistakes for little ones are overusing toothpaste and brushing too hard. Luckily, preventive dental care… More »