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  • The Difference Between Coinsurance, Deductibles and Copay
    Oct. 24, 2019

    The Difference Between Coinsurance, Deductibles and Copay

    Dental benefit information

    Deductibles, copay and coinsurance are all ways you share the costs of dental care with your benefits company – but they all operate a little differently. A deductible is the total amount you pay before your dental benefits carrier helps with the costs. Let's say you have a $100 deductible and you need to get... More »

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  • Oral health issues that may arise with age
    Sep. 6, 2018

    Oral health issues that may arise with age

    General oral health

    As you age, your body can experience shifts in health that affect your mouth in ways you might not expect. In honor of Healthy Aging Month, take a look at few conditions people may encounter with age that can affect their oral health – including bone loss and dry mouth. Bone loss  As you age,... More »

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  • April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month
    Apr. 2, 2018

    April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month

    General oral health

    Regular dental exams are important for oral cancer detection Nearly 16 percent of Illinois residents smoke and about 3 percent use smokeless tobacco.1 While most people are aware that tobacco can cause cancer, many are unaware it's a leading risk factor for oral cancer. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, and Delta Dental of Illinois... More »

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  • Your Dental Benefits in the New Year
    Jan. 10, 2018

    Your Dental Benefits in the New Year

    Dental benefit information

    Now that we've flipped the calendar to the new year, 2018 planning is underway for many. As you're organizing your finances and other paperwork, it's also a great time to check on the status of your dental benefits. First, check to see if your dental benefits renew at the calendar year or the contract year,... More »

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  • Six Ways to Incorporate Oral Health Into Your Holiday Traditions
    Dec. 6, 2017

    Six Ways to Incorporate Oral Health Into Your Holiday Traditions

    General oral health

    The holidays are finally here! With all the figgy pudding and honey-glazed chestnuts, it can be hard to keep your smile twinkling like the tinsel on the tree. These tips will help you keep your smile merry and bright all season long. While it's fun to stuff stockings with candy, the treats hung with care... More »

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  • Caring for Loved Ones – and Their Oral Health
    Nov. 1, 2017

    Caring for Loved Ones – and Their Oral Health

    General oral health

    Happy National Family Caregivers Month. At any given time, more than 65 million people in the U.S. care for a chronically ill, disabled or aging family member, spending an average of 20 hours per week providing care.1 If you're part of the 29 percent of the U.S. population caring for loved ones,2 it's important to... More »

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  • September is Healthy Aging Month
    Sep. 27, 2017

    September is Healthy Aging Month

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois encourages older adults to make oral health a priority A new survey1 from Delta Dental of Illinois finds that nearly half of Illinois adults worry about keeping their smile beautiful as they age. For Healthy Aging Month in September, Delta Dental of Illinois is encouraging adults to pay more attention to... More »

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  • Oral Health and Preventive Measures for Alzheimer's Patients
    Sep. 12, 2017

    Oral Health and Preventive Measures for Alzheimer's Patients

    General oral health

    When an Alzheimer's patient starts to exhibit symptoms of the disease, tasks that were once second nature can suddenly become challenging. Even daily routines, such as brushing and flossing, can be hard to remember – which is why gum disease and tooth decay are common in Alzheimer's patients. To help a friend or family member... More »

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  • Medications Can Affect Oral Health
    Sep. 1, 2017

    Medications Can Affect Oral Health

    General oral health

    As we age, many of us find ourselves with health conditions that require medication – and while medications can improve overall health, some may have adverse side effects on oral health. One of the most common side effects of many medications is dry mouth, which does more than just make you crave a cold glass... More »

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  • Be Thankful for Dental Benefits
    Nov. 2, 2016

    Be Thankful for Dental Benefits

    Dental benefit information

    Dental benefits may not be at the top of your list of the things to be thankful for this season, but having a healthy smile is definitely something to appreciate. Here are five reasons to be thankful for dental benefits from Delta Dental of Illinois! 1. Saving money! Visiting a Delta Dental PPO network dentist... More »

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  • Be a Smart Mouth. Why It's Important to Read Your Dental Policy
    May 23, 2016

    Be a Smart Mouth. Why It's Important to Read Your Dental Policy

    Dental benefit information

    Most people probably don't curl up in a comfy chair with a cup of coffee to read their dental policies, but it pays to thoroughly read through and understand your benefits. First of all, knowing your plan can help you save money at the dentist's office. Being part of the Delta Dental PPOSM network typically... More »

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  • Why Dental Plans Are So Valuable
    May 18, 2016

    Why Dental Plans Are So Valuable

    Dental benefit information

    You're no doubt aware that dental coverage saves you money. Dental benefits prevent you from paying the full cost of many dental procedures, and often completely cover the cost of exams and other preventive services. But dental benefits have value beyond just dollars and cents. For example, your dentist screens for a number of diseases... More »

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  • Dental Insurance Still Key for Retirees
    May 1, 2016

    Dental Insurance Still Key for Retirees

    Dental benefit information

    More than 44 million1 individuals in the United States are age 65 or older. Practicing good oral health habits is an essential part of maintaining good overall health at any age. Being retired doesn't mean retiring good oral health routines. Maintaining one's teeth and gums by brushing and flossing daily and visiting the dentist regularly is... More »

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  • Heart-Shaped Salad Recipe
    Feb. 13, 2016

    Heart-Shaped Salad Recipe

    Recipes

    Ingredients: 1 package spring salad mix (about 6 cups) 1 large cucumber, sliced 2 red peppers, seeded (tops and bottoms removed) 1 bunch radishes, sliced 1 small brick of partly skim mozzarella cheese 10 to 15 small plum tomatoes, halved 1 bottle roasted red pepper with parmesan salad dressing Directions: Place the salad mix in... More »

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  • Your Mouth Holds the Key to Your Heart
    Feb. 12, 2016

    Your Mouth Holds the Key to Your Heart

    General oral health

    Did you know a healthy mouth can make your heart happy? It's true. Studies show people with periodontal (gum) disease often have heart disease, though it's unknown whether one causes the other.1 Whatever the connection, knowing about gum disease can help keep you protected. In its early stages, called gingivitis, gum disease can cause bleeding,... More »

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  • Delta Dental's Networks: What's the Difference?
    Jan. 14, 2016

    Delta Dental's Networks: What's the Difference?

    Dental benefit information

    When you need dental care, choosing an in-network dentist is always a good idea. That's because network dentists have agreed to offer reduced fees and abide by our policies – and have met industry standards for care, safety and cleanliness. However, your specific dental benefits plan may offer access to one or more of our... More »

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