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  • Watermelon fruit pizza
    Sep. 24, 2020

    Watermelon fruit pizza

    Recipes

    This easy-to-prepare treat is a refreshing snack or dessert that the whole family will love. Your mouth will love it, too. That’s because watermelon is high in vitamin C but low in acid, so it helps keep teeth and gums healthy. Plus, it’s high in fiber and water so it cleans your teeth naturally.

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  • 36 Illinois Health Centers Receive $3 Million in COVID-19 Grants
    Sep. 24, 2020

    36 Illinois Health Centers Receive $3 Million in COVID-19 Grants

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, in partnership with Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation, awarded over $3 million in grants to 36 Illinois Federally Qualified Health Centers and other public health clinics that deliver vital health care services. The Foundations developed the grant opportunity to help offset costs associated with reopening and continuing operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants were focused on these health centers and clinics.

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  • How to floss your teeth properly
    Sep. 5, 2020

    How to floss your teeth properly

    General oral health

    Most people know that they should floss once a day, but not everyone knows why. Brushing your teeth does an excellent job of removing plaque from tooth surfaces, but brushing alone isn’t enough to keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. With a proper flossing regimen, you can remove left over food particles and plaque from the places a toothbrush cannot easily reach – think the spaces between your teeth and under the gum line.

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  • 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.

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  • Healthier blueberry muffins
    Aug. 29, 2020

    Healthier blueberry muffins

    Recipes

    You’ll never taste the difference, but these moist, fluffy muffins are healthier because they’re made with whole-wheat flour. And they’re loaded with tasty blueberries — an antioxidant superfood! The blueberries and whole-grain fiber both work to help fight gum disease.

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  • Dental insurance for kids
    Aug. 21, 2020

    Dental insurance for kids

    Dental benefit information

    When it comes to our children, we always want the best for them and look out for their well-being. This includes their oral health and making sure they have a healthy smile. Good oral health habits start early. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children visit the dentist by age 1 to help establish a relationship with the dentist and assess any risk for early dental decay. At 18 months, the regular six-month checkups can then begin.

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  • 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.

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  • Learn the proper technique for brushing your teeth
    Aug. 4, 2020

    Learn the proper technique for brushing your teeth

    General oral health

    You know brushing your teeth is important, but how you go about doing so can make a significant difference in your long-term oral health. If you fail to brush your teeth thoroughly and with a good technique, your teeth may look and feel clean, but layers of plaque will build up in hard-to-reach places and cause tooth decay. Eventually some of it will harden into tartar, collect more plaque, causing gum damage and other unwanted oral health issues.

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  • 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.

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  • Battle of the Brushes: Electric vs. Manual
    Jul. 25, 2020

    Battle of the Brushes: Electric vs. Manual

    General oral health

    Strong oral health begins with instilling the daily habits of brushing and flossing your teeth. The recommended brush time of two minutes twice daily ultimately adds up to 1,460 minutes of brushing your teeth each year. That is more than one full day of brushing. With all that brushing, you want to have a toothbrush you are comfortable with and is the best choice for you personally. Learning more about manual and electric toothbrushes will help you to decide which kind of toothbrush you prefer.

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  • Healthy piña colada smoothie
    Jul. 10, 2020

    Healthy piña colada smoothie

    Recipes

    Enjoy this refreshing non-alcoholic piña colada smoothie as a quick breakfast or sip it leisurely on the patio. You’ll have a hard time believing a drink this tasty is also healthy and filling. This tropical treat is packed with vitamin C, calcium and potassium to help strengthen teeth and keep gums healthy.

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  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation makes $3 million in contributions to aid Illinoisans during COVID-19 pandemic
    Jul. 8, 2020

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation makes $3 million in contributions to aid Illinoisans during COVID-19 pandemic

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    The Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation is in partnership with the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation for a $3 million grant program for COVID-19 relief efforts and to ensure Illinois children continue to have access to vital oral health services. Grants are for Federally Qualified Health Centers and other public health clinics integrating oral health into a primary health care setting and aim to assist Illinois health care providers who offer a safety net for children in need.

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  • What to expect when returning to the dentist
    Jul. 6, 2020

    What to expect when returning to the dentist

    General oral health

    As COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted, many dental practices have reopened to help patients meet their oral health needs. While infection control was always a top priority, dental offices are now taking additional safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, following state and national guidelines to help keep patients and staff healthy.

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  • Protecting your smile in the sun
    Jul. 2, 2020

    Protecting your smile in the sun

    General oral health

    July is UV Safety Month, so it’s a great time to read up on the importance of sun protection. You might be surprised to learn that one of the areas you should pay close attention to is your smile. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the sun’s ultraviolet rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes. While the CDC notes shade can reduce the risk of skin damage and sun cancer and recommends using sunscreen and wearing protective clothing out in the heat.

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  • Grilled foods taste good. But are they good for your teeth?
    Jun. 26, 2020

    Grilled foods taste good. But are they good for your teeth?

    General oral health

    If you like to add a little sizzle to your summer, you’ve probably already cooked some mouth-watering foods on your grill this season. But don’t forget to keep your smile in mind. Here are some foods to get fired up about grilling — and a few to avoid putting on your cookout menu — to maintain good oral health.

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  • Mouthwash 101: What it does and how to use it
    Jun. 17, 2020

    Mouthwash 101: What it does and how to use it

    General oral health

    Mouthwash, also known as mouthrinse, offers a solution to bad breath and can also be an excellent way to supplement your oral health routine. It is designed to be held in the mouth for a period of time, swished around, and then spit out. Mouthwash typically contains antimicrobial and other ingredients designed to inhibit odor-causing sulfur compounds, as well as reduce the bacteria that cause gingivitis and gum disease.

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