Your Health

  • The oral health impact of diabetes
    Oct. 25, 2021

    The oral health impact of diabetes

    General oral health

    People with diabetes have a higher risk of both oral health issues and serious overall health complications. It’s a chronic disease that is the seventh-leading cause of death in Illinois.

  • The negative effects of soda can be hard to swallow
    Oct. 5, 2021

    The negative effects of soda can be hard to swallow

    General oral health

    The debate continues. Should you call that fizzy carbonated drink pop or soda? Whichever side you’re on, there’s one thing that’s not up for debate: Soda is not good for your health. It contains no essential nutrients — no vitamins, minerals or fiber — and regular soda is full of calories. Drinking sugary soft drinks has been linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes, weight gain, fatty liver disease and an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.

  • Dental benefits deductibles – explained
    Oct. 5, 2021

    Dental benefits deductibles – explained

    Dental benefit information

    A dental benefits deductible is the dollar amount you must pay for covered dental services before your dental plan starts to pay. Your deductible amount resets once every 12 months. Many dental plan providers follow the calendar year (e.g.; January through December). Check with your dental plan provider to confirm the exact dates.

  • How often should I see my dentist?
    Sep. 23, 2021

    How often should I see my dentist?

    General oral health

    Doyou still need to visit your dentist on a regular basis. The answer is yes! Even if you take good care of your teeth and gums at home, it’s still important that you regularly visit your dentist who is professionally trained to check for problems you may not see or feel yourself. The truth is, many dental problems like cavities, gum disease, and oral cancer don’t become visible or cause pain until they are in the more advanced stage, which makes treatment and follow-up all the more extensive.

  • Delta Dental of Illinois names new director of client services
    Sep. 16, 2021

    Delta Dental of Illinois names new director of client services

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois is pleased to announce the hiring of Alyce K. Buchanan as director of client services. In this role, Buchanan will be responsible for the company’s customer service operations, developing the service business plan and related strategies to ensure a customer-centric focus.

  • Biting your fingernails can harm your mouth
    Sep. 13, 2021

    Biting your fingernails can harm your mouth

    General oral health

    Nail biting can spread harmful bacteria, viruses and more from your fingers to your mouth. This can increase your risk of colds and other infections. The risk is particularly high in children because they have less developed immune systems than adults and may not always wash their hands properly.

  • Delta Dental of Illinois encourages focus on oral health for older adults during Healthy Aging Month
    Sep. 9, 2021

    Delta Dental of Illinois encourages focus on oral health for older adults during Healthy Aging Month

    General oral health

    Healthy Aging Month - While good daily oral hygiene is important for everyone, older adults can be at greater risk for oral health conditions such as gum disease, tooth loss and oral cancer. All Illinoisans should maintain good daily oral health habits like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and visiting the dentist, but older adults have special oral health care needs, which makes preventive care even more vital.

  • Dementia and oral health
    Sep. 3, 2021

    Dementia and oral health

    General oral health

    Having a condition, such as dementia, can also make it more difficult to practice good daily oral hygiene, increasing the risk for gum disease and tooth decay. To reduce gum disease and tooth decay, here are tips for caregivers helping assist individuals with dementia.

  • What are the benefits of root canal treatment?
    Aug. 27, 2021

    What are the benefits of root canal treatment?

    General oral health

    Aside from easing pain and discomfort, you may wonder what the benefits of a root canal treatment are. We discuss the advantages of getting a root canal below.

  • The timeline for teeth
    Aug. 20, 2021

    The timeline for teeth

    General oral health

    Did you know your teeth started to develop before you were born? Here’s how teeth develop and grow from infancy through childhood.

  • Sports mouth guards to protect against dental injuries
    Aug. 13, 2021

    Sports mouth guards to protect against dental injuries

    General oral health

    Sports mouth guards, also called mouth protectors or athletic mouth guards, are devices that are used to protect the teeth, gums and soft tissues of the mouth from sports-related injuries. The American Dental Association recommends people of all ages use a mouth guard if they are participating in contact sports or other activities that could cause mouth or dental injury.

  • Illinoisans say dental coverage helps them stay healthy, provides peace of mind
    Aug. 2, 2021

    Illinoisans say dental coverage helps them stay healthy, provides peace of mind

    Dental benefit information

    New research from Delta Dental Plans Association shows that Americans value the cost-savings, peace of mind, and overall health benefits of dental insurance. A vast majority of Americans with dental insurance reported* that having coverage helps them to maintain good oral health (96%), saves money in the long run (91%), is well worth the cost (91%), and provides relief from having to worry about dental emergencies (95%). They also recognize other overall health benefits, such as peace of mind.

  • Burrito bowl
    Jul. 28, 2021

    Burrito bowl

    Recipes

    A tasty meatless meal that is full of flavor and protein.

  • What are the different types of dental insurance plans?
    Jul. 23, 2021

    What are the different types of dental insurance plans?

    Dental benefit information

    There are several different types of dental insurance plans – each will work differently in terms of out-of-pocket costs, benefits, deductibles, and so on.

  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation seeks applications for Community Grants
    Jul. 13, 2021

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation seeks applications for Community Grants

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is now accepting applications for its annual Community Grants Program. Since 2012, this program has awarded 149 grants totaling more than $1.4 million to Illinois organizations dedicated to improving children’s oral health.

  • What are the different types of dentists?
    Jul. 10, 2021

    What are the different types of dentists?

    General oral health

    How do you know which dentist is right for you? Let’s learn more. General dentists and specialists – what services do they provide?