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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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  • Baked salmon
    Nov. 24, 2020

    Baked salmon

    Recipes

    Salmon is packed with nutrients that are great for your smile. It’s high in phosphorus, calcium and vitamin D to protect and strengthen your tooth enamel. Salmon has even been linked to lowering risks for gum disease and cancer.

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  • Dual dental coverage: can I have two dental plans?
    Nov. 19, 2020

    Dual dental coverage: can I have two dental plans?

    Dental benefit information

    If you are covered under two different dental plans, then you have dual dental coverage. Dual dental coverage typically occurs when you have two jobs that each provide dental benefits, or you are covered by your spouse’s dental plan in addition to your own.

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  • Educational program teaching Illinois kids about oral health goes virtual
    Nov. 16, 2020

    Educational program teaching Illinois kids about oral health goes virtual

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    The Land of Smiles program has been temporarily shifted from a live show to a virtual experience for students due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The program was also refreshed with new characters who continue to teach young students about the importance of oral health in an engaging, fun way that makes learning more impactful.

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  • Delta Dental of Illinois honored to help provide funding in oral health care for U.S. veterans
    Nov. 11, 2020

    Delta Dental of Illinois honored to help provide funding in oral health care for U.S. veterans

    General oral health

    This Veterans Day, Delta Dental of Illinois thanks the heroes who have bravely served our country and reaffirms our commitment to provide and support pathways for oral health care for our veterans. As a continued part of that commitment, Delta Dental of Illinois has partnered with Dental Lifeline Network’s (DLN) Lifeline Heroes Challenge for Veterans campaign. For many veterans, dental care is not covered by their insurance or their VA benefits.

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  • Delta Dental of Illinois announces smart new plans for small businesses
    Nov. 9, 2020

    Delta Dental of Illinois announces smart new plans for small businesses

    Dental benefit information

    The new plans — Base, Ascent and Pinnacle — include features and options not commonly available to smaller businesses. With the launch of these plans, Delta Dental of Illinois is eliminating waiting periods for all small groups. New features for the small group dental plans include more options for annual maximums, occlusal (night) guard coverage, adult orthodontics and additional ortho lifetime maximums.

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  • Protecting mental health can help oral health as cracked teeth due to stress on the rise during COVID-19
    Nov. 4, 2020

    Protecting mental health can help oral health as cracked teeth due to stress on the rise during COVID-19

    General oral health

    If you feel worry, fear or anxiety during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, you are not alone. These overwhelming emotions can impact everything from sleeping and eating habits to having consequences for your oral health.

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  • Dental and vision exams can help detect diabetes early
    Oct. 30, 2020

    Dental and vision exams can help detect diabetes early

    General oral health

    This November during American Diabetes Month, Delta Dental of Illinois is partnering with the American Diabetes Association to bring awareness to the growing prevalence of diabetes and risks associated with the disease.

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  • Cheesy chicken broccoli casserole
    Oct. 24, 2020

    Cheesy chicken broccoli casserole

    Recipes

    This tasty, quick-to-prepare comfort food is as easy as it is cheesy. The calcium and phosphates in the cheese help put minerals back in your teeth and rebuild enamel. And the fiber-rich broccoli is full of vitamin C to strengthen your gums.

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  • Land of Smiles introduces new virtual show
    Oct. 17, 2020

    Land of Smiles introduces new virtual show

    Children’s Oral Health

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the charitable arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, is committed to improving the overall health and well-being of Illinois residents, with a focus on children. Over the past 12 years, the Foundation’s Land of Smiles program has visited 892 Illinois elementary schools, educating more than 426,000 Illinois children from ages pre-kindergarten through third grade on the importance of good health care.

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