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  • National Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Accomplished Dentist, Delta Dental of Illinois Board Member Finds Passion in Craft, Inspiring Young Hispanics in Dental Industry
    Sep. 30, 2020

    National Hispanic Heritage Month Spotlight: Accomplished Dentist, Delta Dental of Illinois Board Member Finds Passion in Craft, Inspiring Young Hispanics in Dental Industry

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Each year, National Hispanic Heritage Month is observed from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, and represents a time to celebrate the history, culture and contributions of Americans with ancestry from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. As part of our commemoration of National Hispanic Heritage Month, Delta Dental of Illinois interviewed Dr. Genaro (Gene) Romo, a member of our Board of Directors and practicing dentist.

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  • Watermelon fruit pizza
    Sep. 24, 2020

    Watermelon fruit pizza

    Recipes

    This easy-to-prepare treat is a refreshing snack or dessert that the whole family will love. Your mouth will love it, too. That’s because watermelon is high in vitamin C but low in acid, so it helps keep teeth and gums healthy. Plus, it’s high in fiber and water so it cleans your teeth naturally.

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  • 36 Illinois Health Centers Receive $3 Million in COVID-19 Grants
    Sep. 24, 2020

    36 Illinois Health Centers Receive $3 Million in COVID-19 Grants

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, in partnership with Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, awarded over $3 million in grants to 36 Illinois Federally Qualified Health Centers and other public health clinics that deliver vital health care services. The Foundations developed the grant opportunity to help offset costs associated with reopening and continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants were focused on these health centers and clinics.

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  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awards more than $255,000 to improve children’s oral health
    Sep. 18, 2020

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awards more than $255,000 to improve children’s oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, awarded more than $255,000 to 16 nonprofit and community organizations through its Community Grants Program. These organizations work to improve children’s oral health across the state. “Many Illinoisans face considerable barriers to getting the oral health care they need. These disparities continue to grow, especially with the ongoing pandemic

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  • Understanding pre-treatment estimates
    Sep. 8, 2020

    Understanding pre-treatment estimates

    Dental benefit information

    When planning for any dental treatment, it’s important to know the costs involved – understanding what is covered by your dental carrier and what you may owe your dentist. Delta Dental of Illinois offers a complimentary pre-treatment estimate for its members so they have an idea of how much a specific dental procedure will cost ahead of time. This helps both you and your dentist make the right decision for you regarding your treatment options.

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  • Why offering dental benefits matters even more during a pandemic
    Sep. 8, 2020

    Why offering dental benefits matters even more during a pandemic

    Dental benefit information

    Nearly half of employers nationwide are strengthening health and wellness benefits so employees can more easily get the care they need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Workplace perks like complimentary beverages, food and on-site gyms are great. But with many people still working from home, some of these office benefits may be of less value to employees. Many employees are seeking job security and a competitive benefits package to help them stay healthy during these times.

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  • How to floss your teeth properly
    Sep. 5, 2020

    How to floss your teeth properly

    General oral health

    Most people know that they should floss once a day, but not everyone knows why. Brushing your teeth does an excellent job of removing plaque from tooth surfaces, but brushing alone isn’t enough to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. With a proper flossing regimen, you can remove left over food particles and plaque from the places a toothbrush cannot easily reach – think the spaces between your teeth and under the gum line.

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  • Do your kids know what to do in a dental emergency?
    Sep. 1, 2020

    Do your kids know what to do in a dental emergency?

    Children’s Oral Health

    If your child’s mouth is injured, the situation should be addressed immediately to reduce the risk of permanent damage. Since you can’t be with your kids 24/7, it’s important for them to know how to handle a dental emergency. Here’s a guide that can help your kids understand steps to take and the importance of fast action in case of emergency.

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  • Healthier blueberry muffins
    Aug. 29, 2020

    Healthier blueberry muffins

    Recipes

    You’ll never taste the difference, but these moist, fluffy muffins are healthier because they’re made with whole-wheat flour. And they’re loaded with tasty blueberries — an antioxidant superfood! The blueberries and whole-grain fiber both work to help fight gum disease.

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  • Dental insurance for kids
    Aug. 21, 2020

    Dental insurance for kids

    Dental benefit information

    When it comes to our children, we always want the best for them and look out for their well-being. This includes their oral health and making sure they have a healthy smile. Good oral health habits start early. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children visit the dentist by age 1 to help establish a relationship with the dentist and assess any risk for early dental decay. At 18 months, the regular six-month checkups can then begin.

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  • The Tooth Fairy teaches children about oral health and gives families a reason to celebrate
    Aug. 21, 2020

    The Tooth Fairy teaches children about oral health and gives families a reason to celebrate

    Children’s Oral Health

    A new survey from Delta Dental of Illinois reveals that 80% of households with children receive visits from the Tooth Fairy, and these visits are motivated by a desire to give children something to be excited about, according to more than half of caregivers polled. In addition, 45% of caregivers report that having the Tooth Fairy visit gives them a reason to celebrate and 42% said it makes their child feel special.

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  • Learn the proper technique for brushing your teeth
    Aug. 4, 2020

    Learn the proper technique for brushing your teeth

    General oral health

    You know brushing your teeth is important, but how you go about doing so can make a significant difference in your long-term oral health. If you fail to brush your teeth thoroughly and with a good technique, your teeth may look and feel clean, but layers of plaque will build up in hard-to-reach places and cause tooth decay. Eventually some of it will harden into tartar, collect more plaque, causing gum damage and other unwanted oral health issues.

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  • The truth about the Tooth Fairy
    Aug. 3, 2020

    The truth about the Tooth Fairy

    Children’s Oral Health

    Lose a tooth. Place it under your pillow. Wake up in the morning and find a gift and/or money! It almost sounds too good to be true. As long as the Tooth Fairy has been around — more than 100 years — this beloved character has sparked curiosity in the little ones who benefit from her generosity. Here are some common questions parents face about this winged wonder, along with tips on how you might answer those inquiries.

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  • Making sure children visit the dentist before school starts
    Jul. 30, 2020

    Making sure children visit the dentist before school starts

    Children’s Oral Health

    As Illinois schools prepare to resume classes this fall — whether in person, remote or a hybrid approach — parents should make sure their kids are healthy and well to start the school year right. That includes a visit to the dentist for a checkup before classes begin. With the focus in recent months on social distancing, wearing face masks and handwashing, there likewise remains a need to continue practicing preventive oral health care.

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  • Battle of the Brushes: Electric vs. Manual
    Jul. 25, 2020

    Battle of the Brushes: Electric vs. Manual

    General oral health

    Strong oral health begins with instilling the daily habits of brushing and flossing your teeth. The recommended brush time of two minutes twice daily ultimately adds up to 1,460 minutes of brushing your teeth each year. That is more than one full day of brushing. With all that brushing, you want to have a toothbrush you are comfortable with and is the best choice for you personally. Learning more about manual and electric toothbrushes will help you to decide which kind of toothbrush you prefer.

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  • National Junk Food Day also a reminder to eat healthy, including during summer
    Jul. 21, 2020

    National Junk Food Day also a reminder to eat healthy, including during summer

    General oral health

    National Junk Food Day, recognized July 21, may be a time people think about their favorite junk foods or have a “cheat day” from their otherwise healthier diets. But this day can serve as a reminder it is important to be conscious of one’s diet and avoid eating too much junk food. With summer sports in full swing, it may be especially easy to grab snacks and drinks that aren't very tooth friendly. However, healthy, nutritious snacks can be just as convenient with a little planning.

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