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  • Summertime Nutrition on the Go
    Jul. 12, 2016

    Summertime Nutrition on the Go

    General oral health

    With summer sports in full swing, it's easy to grab snacks and drinks that aren't very tooth-friendly. Healthy, nutritious snacks can be just as convenient with a little planning. One easy change to make is to replace soda. Instead of sipping soda while watching soccer or softball, infuse water with fruit or vegetables (try cucumbers!).... More »

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  • Why Dental Benefits Focus on Preventive Care
    Jul. 9, 2016

    Why Dental Benefits Focus on Preventive Care

    Dental benefit information

    One word explains why dental benefits work: prevention. Most dental disease is preventable, which is why dental benefits are designed to help keep your mouth healthy, so you won't develop serious oral health problems. To promote preventive care, many dental plans cover all or most of the cost for routine dental checkups, including cleanings and exams,... More »

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  • Clementine Pumpkins
    Oct. 15, 2015

    Clementine Pumpkins

    Recipes

    Ingredients: Clementines Celery stalks Directions: Peel the clementines to reveal the orange fruit inside. Slice a 1.5-inch piece from a stalk of celery and insert it into the hole at the top of the clementine.  You may need to slice the celery stalk in half vertically to get it to fit. Repeat the process for... More »

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  • Land of Smiles Kicks Off for the 2015-16 School Year
    Sep. 30, 2015

    Land of Smiles Kicks Off for the 2015-16 School Year

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Dental health problems cause children between 5 and 17 years old to lose nearly two million school days each year nationwide.1  In Illinois, 23 percent children ages 6 to 12 missed school last year due to an oral health problem.2  In an effort to teach young children cavity-fighting oral health habits to keep them in... More »

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  • National Fruits and Vegetables Month: Healthy Diet Can Improve Oral Health
    Sep. 3, 2015

    National Fruits and Vegetables Month: Healthy Diet Can Improve Oral Health

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois Encourages Parents to Substitute Fruits and Vegetables for Sugary Snacks It is no secret that fruits and vegetables provide essential vitamins and minerals children need as part of a balanced, healthy diet, but they also play an important role when it comes to oral health. As part of National Fruits and... More »

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  • Back to School Tips for a Healthy Smile
    Aug. 1, 2015

    Back to School Tips for a Healthy Smile

    Children’s Oral Health

    Did you know that nearly one in four Illinois kids miss school due to dental problems? This school year, Delta Dental of Illinois wants to help Illinois parents reduce the amount of classroom time their children miss due to dental-related issues. A new Delta Dental of Illinois survey1 finds that 23 percent of Illinois children ages... More »

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  • Watermelon-Blueberry Ice Pops
    Jul. 2, 2015

    Watermelon-Blueberry Ice Pops

    Recipes

    Ingredients: 4 cups chopped, seedless watermelon 2 tablespoons lime juice 1 cup fresh blueberries Sugar substitute to taste Directions: Puree the watermelon, lime juice and sugar substitute in a blender until smooth. Divide the blueberries among freezer pop molds or 5-oz. paper cups. Top with the watermelon mixture and insert craft sticks. Freeze for six... More »

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  • Five tips to keep teeth healthy this summer
    Jun. 8, 2015

    Five tips to keep teeth healthy this summer

    Children’s Oral Health

    Summer is great for slowing down and relaxing with friends and family, but Delta Dental of Illinois reminds Illinoisans that it isn't the time to take a break from good oral health habits. “Daily routines usually become more relaxed during the summer months, but keeping up on healthy habits is still important,” said Katina Spadoni,... More »

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  • When Pica Strikes: Substances Not for Snacking
    May 27, 2015

    When Pica Strikes: Substances Not for Snacking

    General oral health

    When you reach for a snack, you may grab an apple, a cup of yogurt or cheese and crackers – not a stick of chalk. But for people with pica, an eating disorder that causes cravings for nonfood substances, those unorthodox eats are all too real. Pica can be caused by depression, stress, anxiety and... More »

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  • Baked Mozzarella Bites
    Apr. 3, 2015

    Baked Mozzarella Bites

    Recipes

    Ingredients: 1 tablespoon cornstarch 1/3 cup panko breadcrumbs 3 sticks mozzarella string cheese 1 large egg, whisked Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Cut string cheese into 1-inch pieces, then place in the freezer. Meanwhile, toast panko in a pan over medium heat for about 2 minutes, stirring often. Place the toasted panko in a... More »

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  • Mouth Madness – Improve Your Game (Basketball and Oral Health)
    Mar. 17, 2015

    Mouth Madness – Improve Your Game (Basketball and Oral Health)

    General oral health

    It's that time of year again when the whole country goes a little mad … mad for brackets, obscure college mascots and Cinderella stories. When you're not busy updating your wins and losses this month, take a few moments to consider how you can improve your oral health game. Sport a mouthguard. Whether you have... More »

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  • Eat Healthy for a Healthy Mouth
    Mar. 3, 2015

    Eat Healthy for a Healthy Mouth

    General oral health

    March marks the beginning of spring and is National Nutrition Month.  With the renewal that spring brings, it is the perfect time to evaluate your diet and make sure you are getting vital nutrients that are essential to your overall health as well as your oral health.  To help you have a healthy body and... More »

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  • Broccomole
    Mar. 3, 2015

    Broccomole

    Recipes

    Ingredients: 1 ½ cups cooked broccoli stems with tough outer layers peeled off 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice ¼ teaspoon ground cumin ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder ½ tomato, diced 1 scallion, sliced 1 can chopped green chiles Directions: Blend broccoli stems, lemon juice, cumin, and garlic powder until smooth. Add the tomato, scallion and chiles... More »

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  • Calcium Matters To Your Teeth
    Apr. 15, 2014

    Calcium Matters To Your Teeth

    General oral health

    Growing up, your parents probably encouraged you to choose milk as your mealtime beverage. As a child, their reasoning was irrelevant to you. Either you drank your milk, or you were stuck with water. Now that you're an adult, you still might not know the benefits of a tall glass of milk. Well, milk is... More »

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  • Open Wide for Vitamins and Minerals
    Mar. 4, 2014

    Open Wide for Vitamins and Minerals

    General oral health

    Have you ever walked down the supplement aisle at the supermarket only to feel overwhelmed by the green and gold bottles everywhere? Well, many of those are nutrients your body needs to function at its best and stay healthy. The best way to get your vitamins and minerals is not by bottle, but by diet.... More »

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  • Make Sure Your New Diet Includes Good Tooth Nutrition
    Jan. 23, 2014

    Make Sure Your New Diet Includes Good Tooth Nutrition

    General oral health

    Trying a different diet in 2014? Changing the way you eat can sometimes mean cutting back on foods such as red meat, or even going vegetarian entirely. What you eat (or don't eat) has an impact on your oral health. If you're eliminating certain foods, you'll need to get the nutrients they provided from other... More »

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