Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Awards Dental Grants

The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, awarded four $2,500 grants to graduating dental students at Southern Illinois University (SIU) School of Dental Medicine and The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Dentistry. For the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, education for oral health professionals is… More »

Teeth Tips for Moms-To-Be

During pregnancy your hormones change which can contribute to “pregnancy gingivitis”. Here a few ways to protect your smile:

Memorial Day: Food, Fun, Festivities and Fighting Tooth Decay

Memorial Day is the day we recognize the momentous sacrifice our soldiers gave to protect our freedom and make the United States of America the best nation. On this day, many Americans celebrate with barbeques and family gatherings. This Memorial Day, don’t let the food you serve cause tooth troubles down the road.

Sleep Better for Your Teeth

Do you have a to-do list 5 miles long but never feel like there is enough time in the day to get everything done? You’re not alone!  54% of Americans are concerned about the level of stress in their lives – for good reason too! Teeth grinding – also called bruxism – is one way our… More »

Oral Health and Wellness Programs

With health care costs rising and a workforce that is increasingly health-conscious, a growing number of companies are embracing the mutual benefits of employee wellness programs as a way to lure prospective new hires and keep their current employees healthy, happy and more productive at the office. The Principal Financial Group uses an independent panel… More »

Why Moms-to-Be Need Extra Dental TLC

Ask any expecting mother what she wants to get done before her bundle of joy arrives and you’ll likely be greeted with a mile-long to-do list. What may not be on that list, though, is some extra care in the dental department. Safe Window for Dental Work After a newly expecting mom makes her first… More »

Defeating Dentophobia

Are you afraid of visiting the dentist? You may have a condition called dentophobia. Parents who are afraid to visit the dentist may pass the same fear on to their children, possibly keeping them from getting routine dental check-ups that are important to promote healthy teeth and a lifetime of good oral health habits. That’s… More »

Spit and Pacifiers

Have you heard about the Swedish study linking pacifier use and a lower incidence of exzema and asthma in babies? The study actually went so far as to say that parents’ saliva from cleaning their babies’ binkies may have a beneficial effect. There was nothing noted about parents passing on the germ that causes cavities… More »

Heart Health and Your Gums

Like all responsible adults, I take care of my health and monitor my blood pressure for any abnormalities. That being said, I was shocked the first time I learned my oral health might have an effect on my heart! That’s right, the beating in my chest isn’t just affected by love, but also my oral… More »

Kick Your Kid’s Thumb-Sucking Habits

Learned in the womb and perfected as an infant, many children turn to thumb sucking in times of stress. Kids also use this practice in times of boredom, illness, and even at bedtime. This self-soothing technique has helped children gain independence and parents keep their sanity. But when it goes beyond the first few years,… More »