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  • The Real Benefits of Dental Benefits
    Nov. 28, 2016

    The Real Benefits of Dental Benefits

    Dental benefit information

    You may associate dental benefits with a couple of free or low-cost cleanings per year. That's definitely one of the perks – but enrolling in your company's voluntary dental plan has benefits that go far beyond a healthy smile. Here are a few to consider: Dental Benefits Keep You Healthy Adults with dental coverage are... More »

  • Measuring Dental Networks: Facts You Need to Know
    Sep. 21, 2016

    Measuring Dental Networks: Facts You Need to Know

    Dental benefit information

    From the size of a dental provider's network to utilization rates to money saved, there are multiple ways to measure the overall value of a provider network. The effective discount – which represents savings on all claims both in and out of the network – encompasses a number of individual measures. It is a good... More »

  • The Benefits of Getting Braces as an Adult
    Apr. 25, 2016

    The Benefits of Getting Braces as an Adult

    General oral health

    We often think of braces and other orthodontic treatments as being for adolescents, but plenty of adults get wired as well. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, more than 1 million adults in the U.S. have orthodontia. Some adults may seek straightening for aesthetic reasons – though their teeth may not be... More »

  • Don't Be So Sensitive!
    Apr. 21, 2016

    Don't Be So Sensitive!

    General oral health

    You've likely experienced a little sensitivity when eating, perhaps after enjoying an ice-cold beverage or after biting into something particularly hot. Even breathing in a blast of cold air can sometimes cause discomfort. Why do some people experience sensitivity while others can eat whatever they want? Here are some of the most common causes. Exposed... More »

  • Does Laughing Gas Really Make You Laugh?
    Apr. 1, 2016

    Does Laughing Gas Really Make You Laugh?

    General oral health

    “Relax, take deep breaths and count back from 100,” is something your dentist may have told you before undergoing a complex dental procedure. You've been informed that you will be inhaling laughing gas, but oral surgery is no laughing matter – so where does the name come from? Dentists use laughing gas, also known as... More »

  • 2015 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient: Central Counties Health Centers Connects Illinois Kids and Dental Care
    Mar. 18, 2016

    2015 Wisdom Tooth Award Recipient: Central Counties Health Centers Connects Illinois Kids and Dental Care

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Poor dental health habits can impact a child's life in a wide variety of ways, from causing physical pain to decreasing self-esteem. But today, the future of children's oral health in Illinois is growing a bit brighter as the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation has officially begun accepting applications for its annual Wisdom Tooth Award.... More »

  • Green Vanilla Mint Smoothies
    Mar. 14, 2016

    Green Vanilla Mint Smoothies

    Recipes

    Ingredients: 1 ½ frozen bananas ¾ cup canned coconut milk 1 ½ cups fresh spinach 10-15 fresh mint leaves 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Directions: Blend all ingredients until the mixture is smooth and creamy. Pour into a glass and add a mint leaf for garnish, if desired. Enjoy!

  • Don't overlook important oral health habits for young children
    Feb. 10, 2015

    Don't overlook important oral health habits for young children

    Children’s Oral Health

    By Dr. Katina Spadoni Dental Director for Delta Dental of Illinois February is Children's Dental Health Month, a great time to remember that a child's oral health is set in motion from a very young age. Tooth decay can develop any time after the first tooth comes in, starting around 6 months old, and good...

  • DDIL Foundation Seeks Applications for Community Grants Program
    Aug. 12, 2014

    DDIL Foundation Seeks Applications for Community Grants Program

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, the 501(c)(3) philanthropic arm of Delta Dental of Illinois, kicked off its annual community grants program to provide funding for programs and organizations that improve the oral health of Illinois children. The Foundation will award grants of $1,000 to $10,000 to Illinois nonprofit organizations that provide oral health education... More »

  • Is Oil Pulling a Safe Practice?
    Jul. 22, 2014

    Is Oil Pulling a Safe Practice?

    General oral health

    Oil pulling has been in the news and all over social media as of late. Oil pulling is the practicing of swishing oil in your mouth, which supposedly cleans your teeth and gums. But does it work? Well, there is a lack of evidence to support that oil pulling has any oral health benefits.  Luckily,... More »

  • Why You Need Dental Insurance
    Jul. 15, 2014

    Why You Need Dental Insurance

    Dental benefit information

    Looking for ways to keep your family healthy? Good food, exercise and regular doctor checkups are important. But, so is dental insurance. Regular dental visits keep both your teeth and body healthy. Studies show that people with dental benefits are 50 percent more likely to go to the dentist and get the preventive care and... More »

  • St. Bernard Dental Center receives $100,000 from Foundation
    Jul. 8, 2014

    St. Bernard Dental Center receives $100,000 from Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation awarded its second annual $100,000 Wisdom Tooth Award to the dental clinic at St. Bernard Hospital and Health Care Center to help improve the oral health of underserved Illinois children,particularly those with special needs. “The St. Bernard Hospital Dental Center is one of the few facilities providing oral health... More »

  • 2013 Grantee Spotlight: Community Nurse Health Center
    Jun. 24, 2014

    2013 Grantee Spotlight: Community Nurse Health Center

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    In 2013, the Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation Community Grants Program awarded the Community Nurse Health Center with an $8,000 grant. This will further their mission to enhance the health of the community. The Community Nurse Health Center believes that no one should be denied health care because of his or her inability to pay.... More »

  • Teeth Whitening: Risks and Rewards
    Jun. 17, 2014

    Teeth Whitening: Risks and Rewards

    General oral health

    To achieve a brighter, whiter smile, more people are considering teeth-whitening methods. These lift stains and improve discoloration. Over time, teeth may darken because of tobacco use or drinking coffee, tea, or red wine regularly. The food you eat can also cause tinted teeth. Foods like blackberries and carrots tend to deposit stains on the... More »

  • Mouthguards and Summer Sports
    Jun. 10, 2014

    Mouthguards and Summer Sports

    Children’s Oral Health

    “Take me out to the ball game” has a much better ring to it than “take me out to the dentist,” don't you think? That's why you and your children should always wear a mouth guard when playing any sport or activity – baseball included – that carries a risk of mouth injury. Young athletes are... More »

  • Teaching Oral Health Habits in a Fun Way
    Jun. 3, 2014

    Teaching Oral Health Habits in a Fun Way

    Children’s Oral Health

    When you think of the month of June, many things come to mind; summer time, warm weather, cookouts, swimming and more. Could all of these fun activities have played a part in June being recognized as National Smile Month? We may never know, but we do know it's a happy coincidence! National Smile Month is... More »