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  • Consumers believe maintaining good oral health essential to protecting overall health during pandemic
    Oct. 16, 2020

    Consumers believe maintaining good oral health essential to protecting overall health during pandemic

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois applauds those who continue to make their oral health care a priority as they navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. According to new consumer survey data, a majority (86%) of Americans believe maintaining good oral health is essential to protecting oral and overall health throughout the pandemic.

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  • Halloween may look different this year, but candy is still spooky for your teeth
    Oct. 13, 2020

    Halloween may look different this year, but candy is still spooky for your teeth

    Children’s Oral Health

    With only about half of Illinois families planning to take their kids trick-or-treating during the pandemic,1 Halloween may look different this year. Illinois public health officials say the safest way to celebrate the holiday is at home. They offer recommendations online for those planning to trick-or-treat or attend other celebrations.2 Regardless of whether your little ghosts and goblins go house-to-house, there will still be plenty of candy available for kids and adults craving sweet treats.

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  • 9 ways to take great care of your gums
    Oct. 10, 2020

    9 ways to take great care of your gums

    General oral health

    Does it hurt when you brush your teeth? Or maybe you have noticed your gums bleeding when you floss. If this happens regularly, do not ignore it, as this could be an early sign of gum disease. Here are some ways to improve gum health to stop bleeding and pain and prevent gum problems from becoming more serious.

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  • Choosing a dental plan to protect your health next year
    Oct. 5, 2020

    Choosing a dental plan to protect your health next year

    Dental benefit information

    Given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, your priorities and those of your family may have changed. Wellness benefits may be even more important than ever before. It’s time to begin looking forward to a healthy 2021. Many Illinoisans are choosing benefits for next year. Did you know that dental coverage can play a key role in maintaining good oral health and overall well-being? In a recent Delta Dental poll, Americans gave two top reasons for having dental coverage.

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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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