Children’s Oral Health

  • Caring for children's teeth between ages 6 and 18
    Apr. 8, 2021

    Caring for children's teeth between ages 6 and 18

    Children’s Oral Health

    While oral health care is important from birth, it’s especially critical starting at age 6 when permanent teeth begin to come in. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases for kids and it’s usually preventable. Cavities and gum disease occur even more frequently as children reach adolescence — with 54% of kids ages 12 to 19 having had, or currently having, cavities.

  • Helping kids with autism have healthy smiles
    Apr. 7, 2021

    Helping kids with autism have healthy smiles

    Children’s Oral Health

    Helping kids with autism have healthier smiles. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects people differently, and there is no “typical” profile of autism. Some with autism may not experience problems with dental check-ups, but for others, especially those who are sensitive to light, sound or touch, routine dental visits can be particularly challenging. Maintaining good oral health habits such as brushing and flossing can also be difficult.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Too much Halloween candy remains spooky for your teeth
    Oct. 13, 2020

    Too much Halloween candy remains spooky for your teeth

    Children’s Oral Health

    Whether your children trick-or-treat this year or just enjoy some sweets at home, help protect their oral health this Halloween season. While a piece of candy can make just about anyone smile, try not to overindulge, and choose candy wisely – candy that melts easily is the best choice – and take special care by brushing and flossing afterward.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tooth Fairy giving in the Midwest rebounds after several years of decline
    Feb. 21, 2020

    Tooth Fairy giving in the Midwest rebounds after several years of decline

    Children’s Oral Health

    According to the latest Original Tooth Fairy Poll results released by Delta Dental of Illinois, the value of a lost tooth has greatly improved in the Midwest and across the nation when compared to the last couple of years.

  • Talking with kids about the dangers of vaping
    Feb. 6, 2020

    Talking with kids about the dangers of vaping

    Children’s Oral Health

    It’s never too early to talk with your kids about the dangers of tobacco, especially given the explosive growth of vaping. February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, a great time to address the issue. Here’s why there’s reason for concern: The use of e-cigarettes among Illinois high schoolers increased by 45% between 2016 and 2018.

  • Temporary baby teeth have a long-lasting effect
    Feb. 3, 2020

    Temporary baby teeth have a long-lasting effect

    Children’s Oral Health

    Baby teeth aren’t meant to be permanent. They emerge from about the time a child is 6 months old until around their third birthday. But they already start to fall out around age 6.1 Because they’re temporary placeholders for permanent teeth, issues with baby teeth may seem like no big deal. But baby teeth actually serve critical purposes.

  • The best ways to discourage kids from using tobacco
    Nov. 6, 2019

    The best ways to discourage kids from using tobacco

    Children’s Oral Health

    Hundreds of cases of lung disease and at least nine deaths have recently been linked by health officials to vaping. This is especially concerning in light of the explosive growth in e-cigarette usage by high schoolers (up 78% in 2018).

  • Candy is rich in Illinois history — but which type is better for your teeth?
    Oct. 8, 2019

    Candy is rich in Illinois history — but which type is better for your teeth?

    Children’s Oral Health

    While sugary treats contribute to tooth decay, some of those snack-sized candies — which have their roots in Illinois and are popular during Halloween — are less frightful for your teeth than the alternatives.