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  • 86 Illinois schools to receive new water bottle-filling stations
    Dec. 1, 2020

    86 Illinois schools to receive new water bottle-filling stations

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Eighty-six Illinois schools will receive new water bottle-filling stations to encourage students to drink more water as part of H2O On the Go, a new grant program by Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation and Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation. H2O On the Go allows for easier access to drinking water for Illinois students while at school and helps encourage them to choose water instead of sugary beverages such as soda, juice and sports drinks.

  • Making sure children visit the dentist before school starts
    Jul. 30, 2020

    Making sure children visit the dentist before school starts

    Children’s Oral Health

    As Illinois schools prepare to resume classes this fall — whether in person, remote or a hybrid approach — parents should make sure their kids are healthy and well to start the school year right. That includes a visit to the dentist for a checkup before classes begin. With the focus in recent months on social distancing, wearing face masks and handwashing, there likewise remains a need to continue practicing preventive oral health care.

  • 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.

  • Reasons for root canal treatment
    Mar. 6, 2020

    Reasons for root canal treatment

    General oral health

    A root canal is a common procedure used to treat inflammation or infection of the tooth’s sensitive inner pulp tissue, which is made up of blood vessels and nerve fibers.1 Pulp inflammation can result from a number of causes including deep decay, cracked teeth, or trauma. While many feel uneasy about the idea of a root canal, the procedure is a safe and straightforward way to remove diseased pulp tissue and is a better alternative to tooth extraction.

  • Wet your whistle . . . and other ways to relieve dry mouth
    Dec. 3, 2019

    Wet your whistle . . . and other ways to relieve dry mouth

    General oral health

    Do you get dry eyes, dry skin and dry mouth this time of year? Many people tend to blame the cold, dry winter air that seeps into homes in much of the country. But it’s not actually the main cause of dry mouth.

  • A Baby's Oral Health...Plus Tips for New Parents to Keep Their Oral Health in Check
    Sep. 3, 2019

    A Baby's Oral Health...Plus Tips for New Parents to Keep Their Oral Health in Check

    Children’s Oral Health

    Studies suggest that breastfeeding can be beneficial to a newborn’s baby’s oral and overall health. It’s just as important for parents to keep an eye on their own oral health. Here are a few tips to help parents and babies enjoy healthy smiles.

  • Don't miss this back-to-school essential
    Aug. 6, 2019

    Don't miss this back-to-school essential

    Children’s Oral Health

    While you may be busy getting ready to send your children back to school, life will likely get even busier once school starts. That’s why now is a good time to schedule a dental visit for your children. It’s not only good for their health, but it may even be required by law. Dental screening requirements help emphasize the importance of oral health to children and their caregivers and help prepare them for the school year.

  • Parents say kids' oral health not making the grade observes Delta Dental survey
    Jul. 24, 2019

    Parents say kids' oral health not making the grade observes Delta Dental survey

    Children’s Oral Health

    It’s almost back to school time, which means report card time is right around the corner. With this in mind, we wanted to share how parents across the country graded the status of their kids’ oral health as a part of the Children’s Oral Health Survey.

  • Encourage Kids to Brush, Floss and Visit the Dentist for a Healthy Smile
    Feb. 4, 2019

    Encourage Kids to Brush, Floss and Visit the Dentist for a Healthy Smile

    Children’s Oral Health

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month — the perfect time to emphasize the importance of establishing good oral health habits at an early age to prevent tooth decay. Although preventable, tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease, according to the U.S. Surgeon General. Tooth decay can develop any time after the first tooth comes in, starting around 6 months of age. Establishing good dental habits in early childhood is essential for preventing or lessening the impact o

  • Shining a Spotlight on the Oral Health in Illinois
    Sep. 27, 2018

    Shining a Spotlight on the Oral Health in Illinois

    General oral health

    Delta Dental of Illinois covers the smiles of 2 million individuals nationwide, and we know first-hand the importance of oral health and its connection to well-being for both adults and children. For this reason, we recently commissioned the sixth annual Delta Dental of Illinois Children's Oral Health Survey and Adult's Oral Health and Well-Being Survey.... More »

  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's Dentist By 1 Program Provides Free Dental Care to Illinois Children
    Sep. 24, 2018

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's Dentist By 1 Program Provides Free Dental Care to Illinois Children

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation, in collaboration with its partners, provided free dental care to 83 Illinois children age 5 and younger this summer through its Dentist By 1 program.  Free preventive dental care was provided on July 28 in Peoria and September 8 in Mattoon. At each event, children received free preventive and diagnostic... More »

  • Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's Land of Smiles Program  Educates Illinois Kids about Good Oral Health
    Sep. 11, 2018

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation's Land of Smiles Program Educates Illinois Kids about Good Oral Health

    Delta Dental of Illinois Foundation

    Poor oral health and tooth decay can cause discomfort and result in young students having difficulty participating or concentrating in school. Nearly 40 percent of children in Illinois have had a cavity in the past year, and about 1 in 5 kids in Illinois has untreated tooth decay.1 To help kids learn about the importance... More »

  • 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 »

  • Better breakfasts for brighter smiles
    Sep. 5, 2018

    Better breakfasts for brighter smiles

    General oral health

    Before rushing off to school in the morning, many families sit around the table to fuel up with the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, one of the more common breakfast options – cereal – might have some unintended consequences for teeth. Too much sugar at breakfast time isn't a great way to start... More »

  • What Happens During a Regular Dental Check-up
    Aug. 3, 2018

    What Happens During a Regular Dental Check-up

    General oral health

    Each year, 100 million Americans forego a dental visit, and that's a big problem when it comes to maintaining a healthy smile.1 Before your calendar fills up with work events, school activities, and more, schedule routine dental appointments for yourself and your family. No matter how good your oral hygiene habits may be, a dental... More »

  • Back-to-School Checklist: Don't Forget to Add Dental Appointments
    Jul. 20, 2018

    Back-to-School Checklist: Don't Forget to Add Dental Appointments

    Children’s Oral Health

    Delta Dental of Illinois offers tips to help prevent health-related school absences This school year, Delta Dental of Illinois wants to remind Illinois parents to include a dental appointment on the back-to-school checklist. Having a healthy smile can help improve kids' concentration and performance in the classroom and may help reduce school absences. In Illinois,... More »