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  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Provides Free Dental Exams to Children in Elgin
    Aug. 13, 2019

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Provides Free Dental Exams to Children in Elgin

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Forty-one Illinois children received free dental exams on Saturday in Elgin. The event held at Elgin Community College’s Dental Assisting Clinic was part of Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Dentist By 1 program, which educates parents and caregivers about good oral health habits and the benefits of starting dental visits early. About 62% of children attending this year’s event had never been to a dentist before, and 35% showed signs of tooth decay.

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  • How much is stress costing your business?
    Aug. 9, 2019

    How much is stress costing your business?

    General oral health

    While it’s not surprising that stress in the workplace has a negative effect on productivity, the full extent of the problem can be startling. Stress costs employers more than $300 billion annually. That’s due in part to employees who report high stress levels being less engaged, less productive and missing more work than those who don’t have excessive stress. In fact, 1 million workers are absent every day due to stress, with stressed employees taking more than 4.6 sick days per year compare

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  • Don't miss this back-to-school essential
    Aug. 6, 2019

    Don't miss this back-to-school essential

    Children’s Oral Health

    While you may be busy getting ready to send your children back to school, life will likely get even busier once school starts. That’s why now is a good time to schedule a dental visit for your children. It’s not only good for their health, but it may even be required by law. Dental screening requirements help emphasize the importance of oral health to children and their caregivers and help prepare them for the school year.

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  • How your mouth influences your health from head to toe
    Aug. 5, 2019

    How your mouth influences your health from head to toe

    General oral health

    A healthy smile improves social interactions, communication and the ability to perform well in work and school. But there are many more reasons to maintain great oral health. The National Academy of Medicine reports that oral health is connected to good overall health and oral diseases can exacerbate health problems outside of the mouth.

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  • Incoming Illinois Freshmen Among Students Who need Dental Exams
    Aug. 2, 2019

    Incoming Illinois Freshmen Among Students Who need Dental Exams

    Children’s Oral Health

    Parents of children in elementary, middle and high school are encouraged to schedule a dental appointment this summer before the 2019-2020 school year begins. Illinois children going into kindergarten, second, sixth and ninth grades are required to get a dental exam. A new state law expanded the requirement to incoming freshmen for the upcoming school year. Dental checkups are now required for approximately 150,000 incoming Illinois ninth graders.

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  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Seeking Applications for Community Grants
    Jul. 31, 2019

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Seeking Applications for Community Grants

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation’s Community Grants Program has awarded nearly $1 million over the past six years to Illinois organizations dedicated to improving children’s oral health. Applications for the 2019 Community Grants Program will be accepted starting on August 1 and ending on October 4, 2019. The Foundation will award one-year grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. Eligible organizations that focus on children and aim to improve oral health education, awareness and access to car

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  • DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department awarded $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award from Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation
    Jul. 30, 2019

    DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department awarded $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award from Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is pleased to announce the recipient of its 2019 Wisdom Tooth Award — DeWitt Piatt Bi-County Health Department. This $100,000 grant will help provide better access to oral health care for children in east central Illinois. The Wisdom Tooth Award will also help the department upgrade its equipment and increase its number of dental hygienists as it expands dental services into high schools in the coming year.

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  • Parents say kids' oral health not making the grade observes Delta Dental survey
    Jul. 24, 2019

    Parents say kids' oral health not making the grade observes Delta Dental survey

    Children’s Oral Health

    It’s almost back to school time, which means report card time is right around the corner. With this in mind, we wanted to share how parents across the country graded the status of their kids’ oral health as a part of the Children’s Oral Health Survey.

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  • Why You Might Think Twice Before Eating Too Much Ice Cream
    Jul. 17, 2019

    Why You Might Think Twice Before Eating Too Much Ice Cream

    General oral health

    Why you might think twice before eating too much ice cream There are few treats more tempting than a cold dish of ice cream during the hottest days of summer. It’s no wonder 90% of American households indulge in this frosty dessert.1 In honor of National Ice Cream Month in July, here’s the scoop on how ice cream can have an effect on oral health.

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  • Blueberry-Watermelon Granita
    Jul. 15, 2019

    Blueberry-Watermelon Granita

    Recipes

    When the summer heat just won’t let up, you can still cool down and satisfy your sweet tooth without indulging in ice cream. This healthy alternative is made from nothing but fruit, so it’s full of antioxidants but doesn’t have (or need) any added sugar.

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  • What Do People Misunderstand about Dental Benefits?
    Jul. 8, 2019

    What Do People Misunderstand about Dental Benefits?

    Dental benefit information

    Do you understand what a waiting period or an effective date means for your dental plan? Did you know you can avoid costly surprises by requesting a pre-treatment estimate? Taking the time to understand more about your dental plan can be beneficial. Here's what you need to know.

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  • Teeth 101 - Facts About Different  Types of Teeth
    Jul. 2, 2019

    Teeth 101 - Facts About Different Types of Teeth

    General oral health

    Most adults have 32 teeth and children have 20. We know we should brush twice a day for at least two minutes each and floss daily. But, many of us don't know how some of our teeth got their names. Canine, eye and wisdom might seem like odd names for teeth. Learn how they got their names.

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  • Baked Parmesan Zucchini Crisps
    Jun. 20, 2019

    Baked Parmesan Zucchini Crisps

    Recipes

    Zucchinis are plentiful every summer – and our recipe puts a new spin on this farmers market favorite. Not only is this crispy treat a great substitute for starchy potato chips, but it’s also full of teeth-strengthening nutrients.

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  • Remove These Snacks from your Break Room Today!
    Jun. 12, 2019

    Remove These Snacks from your Break Room Today!

    General oral health

    Let's face it, most people enjoy sugary snacks. But they aren't so enjoyable for your teeth. Here are some easy ways to protect your employees' smiles and their overall health.1 Clear away the bad Take a closer look at what’s in your break room. Chances are there are too many sugary and starchy snacks.

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  • The Absolute Best Farmers Market Picks (and Some of the Worst)
    Jun. 7, 2019

    The Absolute Best Farmers Market Picks (and Some of the Worst)

    General oral health

    Do you love shopping at your local farmers market? You’re not alone. They’re so popular that there are now more than 8,700 farmers markets nationwide.1 While it should be easy for you to find one near you, it’s not always as easy to decide what to buy.

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  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's Community Grants Focus
    Jun. 6, 2019

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's Community Grants Focus

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Our Community Grants Program offers support to organizations that provide oral health care and/or education to children in Illinois. Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation has awarded nearly $1 million over the past six years to Illinois organizations committed to improving children’s oral health. In 2018, we awarded more than $180,000 to 21 nonprofit and community organizations with programs and services that improve children’s oral health in Illinois. One recipient was Advocate Children’s Hospit

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