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  • Delta Dental of Illinois recognized as one of Chicago’s best places to work
    Mar. 5, 2021

    Delta Dental of Illinois recognized as one of Chicago’s best places to work

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois, the state’s leading dental benefits carrier providing coverage to more than 2 million people nationwide, was today named one of Crain’s 2021 Best Places to Work in Chicago.

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  • Good news about fighting bad breath
    Mar. 3, 2021

    Good news about fighting bad breath

    General oral health

    In general, bad breath is caused by odor-producing bacteria as well as the bad-smelling compounds released by bacteria. Chronic bad breath can be the result of: Oral conditions like poor oral hygiene, gum disease, tooth decay and dry mouth Respiratory tract conditions like sinusitis, tonsillitis and bronchial tract problems Other medical conditions Certain medications Tobacco usage

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  • Strawberry and cream cheese toast
    Feb. 25, 2021

    Strawberry and cream cheese toast

    Recipes

    Yes, there are other snacks for kids besides peanut butter and jelly! Give your kids something new (and better for their teeth) with this tasty, toasty strawberry and cream cheese treat.

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  • Tooth Fairy thrifty in the Midwest while other states see over $5 per tooth
    Feb. 23, 2021

    Tooth Fairy thrifty in the Midwest while other states see over $5 per tooth

    Children’s Oral Health

    Regardless of dollar amount, many families have fun anticipating the arrival of the Tooth Fairy to celebrate a lost tooth. Preparing for a Tooth Fairy visit is a great way for parents to educate their children about the importance of good oral health habits like brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating and drinking tooth-friendly foods and beverages, and visiting the dentist regularly.

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  • A guide to dental coverage for infants and children
    Feb. 18, 2021

    A guide to dental coverage for infants and children

    Children’s Oral Health

    When a child is born, getting medical coverage is a priority. But it’s also important to have dental coverage, too. This guide to dental coverage for children helps provide everything you need to know.

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  • How to keep children from grinding their teeth
    Feb. 10, 2021

    How to keep children from grinding their teeth

    Children’s Oral Health

    Regular teeth grinding or clenching, also known as bruxism, can begin as soon as a child’s teeth appear. It occurs more frequently in children, adolescents and young adults than in middle-aged and older adults — and is particularly common in toddlers and preschoolers.

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  • Honoring dentist trailblazers during Black History Month
    Feb. 5, 2021

    Honoring dentist trailblazers during Black History Month

    General oral health

    Black History Month is an opportune time to share some of the contributions African-Americans have made to the field of dentistry.

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  • Health inequities prevent some Illinois children from accessing oral health care
    Feb. 1, 2021

    Health inequities prevent some Illinois children from accessing oral health care

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a time to bring awareness not only to the importance of good oral health care among children, but also the need to expand access to care. Improved access can reduce health inequities and ensure all children receive the care they need for a lifetime of overall health and well-being.

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  • Kimchi soup
    Jan. 24, 2021

    Kimchi soup

    Recipes

    Bring a tasty new kick to soup season with this spicy Korean concoction. Kimchi soup is sure to warm you up and keep you full this winter. While it’s packed with healthy ingredients, it’s best known for being a great source of probiotics, which may have beneficial effects on oral health.

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  • Plan for healthier meals and healthier smiles
    Jan. 13, 2021

    Plan for healthier meals and healthier smiles

    General oral health

    Meal planning is a great way to eat healthy. Learn how planning ahead can help you eat a well-balanced diet and improve your health - including your oral health.

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  • Six steps toward a healthier 2021
    Jan. 11, 2021

    Six steps toward a healthier 2021

    General oral health

    As we journey on in 2021, New Year’s resolutions for wellness remain more important than ever — and staying healthy continues to beat the top of everyone’s minds. Your oral health is closely connected with your overall health. By taking care of your teeth and gums each day, you’re also taking steps toward better health and well-being for your whole body. If you have faltered on your New Year’s resolutions so far, don’t worry – it takes time to solidify new healthy habits.

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  • Thumbs up or thumbs down to movie snacks?
    Jan. 4, 2021

    Thumbs up or thumbs down to movie snacks?

    General oral health

    Are typical movie snacks good for your oral health? Find out what is healthier for your teeth and what should be avoided.

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  • Spicy roasted chickpeas
    Dec. 23, 2020

    Spicy roasted chickpeas

    Recipes

    Did you know chickpeas aren’t really peas? They’re garbanzo beans! And their nutty taste makes them perfect for snacking any time — like while you watch your favorite flicks. These low-calorie roasted chickpeas are packed with fiber and protein, so you’ll get full without binging while you binge-watch.

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  • What is preventive dental care?
    Dec. 16, 2020

    What is preventive dental care?

    General oral health

    Preventive dental care includes actions taken by a patient to prevent against oral diseases and maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime. These actions include daily brushing with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, flossing, and maintaining a healthy diet – along with scheduling regular oral exams and professional cleanings. Dental insurance plans tend to prioritize preventive dental care because of the important role it plays in overall oral health.

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  • Every part of your mouth plays a part in oral health
    Dec. 5, 2020

    Every part of your mouth plays a part in oral health

    General oral health

    Your mouth — also known as the oral cavity — shapes the appearance of your face and helps you eat, speak and breathe. It takes many parts working together to handle so many important jobs. Read more about the functions of the different parts of your mouth, and you’ll gain a greater appreciation for the importance of great oral health.

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  • 85 Illinois schools to receive new water bottle-filling stations
    Dec. 1, 2020

    85 Illinois schools to receive new water bottle-filling stations

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Eighty-five Illinois schools will receive new water bottle-filling stations to encourage students to drink more water as part of H2O On the Go, a new grant program by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. H2O On the Go allows for easier access to drinking water for Illinois students while at school and helps encourage them to choose water instead of sugary beverages such as soda, juice and sports drinks.

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