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Children’s Oral Health

  • Halloween Treats that Will Scare Away – or Attract – Monster Cavities
    Oct. 5, 2018

    Halloween Treats that Will Scare Away – or Attract – Monster Cavities

    Children’s Oral Health

    Children will be decked out in costumes this Halloween – and they'll also bring home bags filled with sugary chocolate, hard candy, gum, caramel and other cavity-causing treats. But don't be scared: Delta Dental of Illinois has advice on choosing the best kinds of candy to keep your child's smile healthy during this spine-chilling season.... More »

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  • Calming Your Kids at the Dentist
    Oct. 4, 2018

    Calming Your Kids at the Dentist

    Children’s Oral Health

    One of the most important ways to keep your kids cavity free, especially during the season of sweets, is to see the dentist regularly. Routine checkups and cleanings are completely covered by most dental plans, so there's no reason to skip a visit. There's one deterrent, though, that you might run into – kids getting... More »

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  • Back-to-School Checklist: Don't Forget to Add Dental Appointments
    Jul. 20, 2018

    Back-to-School Checklist: Don't Forget to Add Dental Appointments

    Children’s Oral Health

    Delta Dental of Illinois offers tips to help prevent health-related school absences This school year, Delta Dental of Illinois wants to remind Illinois parents to include a dental appointment on the back-to-school checklist. Having a healthy smile can help improve kids' concentration and performance in the classroom and may help reduce school absences. In Illinois,... More »

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  • The Seeds of Good Oral Health
    Apr. 20, 2018

    The Seeds of Good Oral Health

    Children’s Oral Health

    As we grow, our oral health needs continue to evolve. Cultivate strong teeth by planting the seeds for good oral health early and knowing what to watch for at different life stages. Babies and Toddlers Baby teeth are susceptible to cavities and need daily upkeep from the very beginning. Before the first tooth arrives, wipe... More »

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  • The Original Tooth Fairy Poll
    Feb. 28, 2018

    The Original Tooth Fairy Poll

    Children’s Oral Health

    Tooth Fairy payouts dip 15 percent in Midwest Illinois kids still pocket more than $9 million for lost baby teeth The Tooth Fairy tightened her purse strings after an all-time high payout for lost teeth in 2016. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental, the going rate for a lost tooth... More »

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  • February is Children's Dental Health Month
    Feb. 1, 2018

    February is Children's Dental Health Month

    Children’s Oral Health

    Children's Dental Health Month in February is a great time to focus on the fact that kids' dental health is just as important as their overall health. With all of parents' to-do's, oral health care is oftentimes last on their lists. Establishing routine oral health habits early on is the first step to setting the... More »

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  • Promote Good Oral Health with Elf on the Shelf
    Dec. 12, 2017

    Promote Good Oral Health with Elf on the Shelf

    Children’s Oral Health

    Families across the U.S. have welcomed Elf on the Shelf, Mensch on a Bench or other toys to get their kids to embrace good behavior around the holidays. But the elves and their pals don't have to limit their lessons to the season – why not use them to promote good oral health habits? Here... More »

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  • Top Tricks and Treats for a Tooth-friendly Halloween
    Oct. 18, 2017

    Top Tricks and Treats for a Tooth-friendly Halloween

    Children’s Oral Health

    Most little monsters will bring home a scary stash of candy after trick-or-treating, so it's not surprising that nearly 1 in 5 Illinois parents say Halloween is one of the toughest times to get their kids to maintain good oral health habits.1 But don't get frightened, Delta Dental of Illinois offers parents some tricks and... More »

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  • Halloween Costumes Sure to Make You Smile
    Oct. 16, 2017

    Halloween Costumes Sure to Make You Smile

    Children’s Oral Health

    If you've seen one vampire or princess, you've seen 'em all. This year, help your child (or yourself) stand out from the crowd with a DIY oral health-themed costume. The Tooth Fairy. If you have a few Halloweens or dance recitals under your belt, you may already own all of the elements necessary for this... More »

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  • The Old College Try – Getting Kids to the Dentist
    Aug. 25, 2017

    The Old College Try – Getting Kids to the Dentist

    Children’s Oral Health

    While at college, your child will most likely start a new routine. Trying new things is part of the experience, but studying late and eating junk food may jeopardize already established oral health habits like brushing, flossing and visiting the dentist regularly. Regular dental checkups are important, especially for college-aged students who may be surviving... More »

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  • Common Dental Procedures for Kids
    Aug. 18, 2017

    Common Dental Procedures for Kids

    Children’s Oral Health

    Parents worry about their kids' overall health and oral health more than their own. Understanding how your dental benefits cover preventive procedures can help start your children on a path to a lifetime of healthy smiles. When it comes to keeping kids' mouths healthy, routine oral health habits – such as brushing twice a day,... More »

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  • Oral Health Reads for Your Book Worm
    Aug. 7, 2017

    Oral Health Reads for Your Book Worm

    Children’s Oral Health

    Back-to-school season is the perfect time to help kids brush up on good oral health habits with a new book or two. Books on oral health can be a good way to get children excited about being independent and learning how to take care of their teeth on their own (with a little assistance!). Kick... More »

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  • Healthy Smiles Help Keep Kids in School
    Aug. 3, 2017

    Healthy Smiles Help Keep Kids in School

    Children’s Oral Health

    Healthy smiles improve kids' confidence and help them succeed in the classroom. Conversely, unhealthy smiles can keep them from attending school and making the grade. Even at school, oral health issues can distract kids and could cause them to fall behind in coursework. Untreated dental problems can be painful and embarrassing and can cause kids... More »

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  • Illinois Kids Rake in More than $10 million for Lost Teeth Last Year
    Feb. 28, 2017

    Illinois Kids Rake in More than $10 million for Lost Teeth Last Year

    Children’s Oral Health

    Delta Dental survey shows average Tooth Fairy gift tracked with S&P 500 An unlikely but accurate economic indicator, Tooth Fairy payouts are soaring with the going rate for a lost baby tooth in the Midwest increasing from $3.11 in 2015 to $4.04 in 2016. According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll, sponsored by Delta Dental,... More »

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  • National Children's Dental Health Month
    Feb. 1, 2017

    National Children's Dental Health Month

    Children’s Oral Health

    Dental health is one of the most critical, unmet health care issues facing Illinois children today. Good oral health care is imperative for children, but many caregivers don't realize how important it is to establish an oral health routine at an early age. I've seen first-hand how poor oral health can negatively affect children, and... More »

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  • Teachable Teeth
    Aug. 24, 2016

    Teachable Teeth

    Children’s Oral Health

    As always, summer has flown by, and it's back-to-school time again. As your kids gear up to learn about reading, writing and arithmetic, it's a great time to add an oral health “lesson plan!” Here are a few activities for young children. Tooth Trivia Oral health is pretty fascinating — especially if you spin it... More »

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