Don’t Gag! Going to the Dentist isn’t that Bad!

Do you find your gag reflex on high alert when you go to the dentist? It’s embarrassing and uncomfortable, but you’re not alone. About one in five of us experience the gag reflex during a dental exam.

2012 Foundation Recap

2012 was an exciting year for the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation. New partnerships were forged, continued projects had a successful year, and we kicked off a new community grants program in which we funded 10 organizations seeking to enhance children’s oral health resources and programs.

Event Recap – Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, – in collaboration with Elgin Community College and Greater Elgin Family Care Center – generously sponsored by Henry Schein, held a free, hands-on, two-day education session and community service event on Thursday, August 8 and Friday, August 9.

Illinois Healthcare Reform

The Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace opens for business in October. The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Illinois is wrought with complex issues and questions, and often no quick, easy or clear answers.

The Real Game-Winner: Mouthguards

“Take me out to the ball game” has a much better ring to it than “take me out to the dentist,” don’t you think? That’s why you and your children should always wear a mouthguard when playing any sport or activity – baseball included – that carries a risk of mouth injury.

Hispanic Heritage Month – A Look Into Oral Health

Every year, Americans observe and celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15. During this time people celebrate the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Mexico, Spain, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

Seniors Oral Health

As we age, many times our dental health takes a backseat to more pressing matters. What may surprise you though, is that senior oral health is pretty darn important. Not just so you have a healthy smile, but to avoid the uncomfortable side effects that accompany gum disease.

Rethink Your Hydration Drinks

After a hard workout or even just to quench your thirst after routine activities, do you immediately reach for a sports drink? You know, the kind that often come in flavors such as “lemon-lime” and “fruit punch.” Since those beverages usually contain large amounts of sugar and acids, they are more likely to harm tooth… More »

Beware of Baby Bottle Rot

A bottle at bedtime is nothing new. Our parents put us to sleep with a warm bottle of milk, and I would guess that many of you continue that practice today. The difference between our parents time and our time as parents is that more information is coming to light about the effects of lingering… More »

White Teeth Are in Season All Year

“Don’t wear white after Labor Day!” Even if you’re not subscribed to all the popular fashion blogs, chances are you have heard of this fashion rule. Labor Day has stood for many years as the transition point of warm sunny weather to a cold, dark winter. It is said the fashion rule developed from winter… More »