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  • Zucchini-Oatmeal Cookies
    Apr. 29, 2022

    Zucchini-Oatmeal Cookies


    Ingredients: ½ cup butter ¾ cup Stevia or other sugar substitute 1 egg ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 ½ cups grated zucchini 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 cup quick cooking oats 1 cup granola 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In... More »

  • Tricks to outsmart your sweet tooth
    Oct. 2, 2018

    Tricks to outsmart your sweet tooth

    General oral health

    Halloween is around the corner, and trick-or-treating is sure to bring in a ton of sugary loot. Before the holiday, consider the cavity-causing effects that candy can have on teeth. Enjoying sweets in moderation and managing cravings can help you avoid tooth decay. Start taming your or your family's sweet tooth now by learning how... More »

  • Oral Cancer Awareness
    Apr. 2, 2018

    Oral Cancer Awareness

    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. Delta Dental of Illinois... More »

  • 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 »

  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
    Oct. 23, 2017

    Roasted Pumpkin Seeds


    Ingredients: 1 ½ cups raw pumpkin seeds 2 teaspoons butter, melted 1 pinch salt Directions: Preheat oven to 300 degrees F. Toss seeds in a bowl with melted butter and salt. Spread the seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally.

  • Watergate Salad
    Sep. 18, 2017

    Watergate Salad


    Ingredients: •  1-ounce package sugar-free, fat-free pistachio instant pudding •  8-ounce can crushed pineapple, undrained •  1 cup plain yogurt •  2 cups thawed sugar-free whipped cream •  Chopped walnuts Directions: 1. Combine dry pudding mix, pineapple and yogurt in a large bowl and whisk until blended. 2. Stir in the whipped cream. 3. Refrigerate... More »

  • Dental Benefits After Retirement
    Sep. 5, 2017

    Dental Benefits After Retirement

    Dental benefit information

    Most people have been planning for retirement for decades, tucking money away in retirement accounts and scheduling vacations. What many people forget to plan for, however, are dental benefits. Most retirees lose employer-sponsored dental coverage when they leave the workforce. And although the Medicare federal health insurance program is available for people who are over... More »

  • Avocado Brownies
    Jul. 26, 2017

    Avocado Brownies


    Ingredients: 2 ripe avocados, mashed 8 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, melted ½ cup light brown sugar (or Sucanat, or a brown sugar blend sugar substitute) 2 eggs ¾ cup flour ¼ cup cocoa powder ½ teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt Directions: Heat the oven to 350 F. In a large bowl, mix avocados and melted... More »

  • June is National Smile Month
    Jun. 6, 2017

    June is National Smile Month

    General oral health

    Surveys show Illinoisans recognize the power of smiles Illinois residents agree that good oral health habits have a tie to confidence, happiness and success – and those with dental benefits seem to have the best oral health. June is National Smile Month, and new Delta Dental of Illinois surveys find more reasons to strive for... More »

  • Why Men Should Take Better Care of Their Smiles
    Jun. 1, 2017

    Why Men Should Take Better Care of Their Smiles

    General oral health

    The men in our lives are important to us – which is why we should remind them how essential it is to take good care of their grins. Certain lifestyle choices and habits may put men at a disadvantage when it comes to oral health, but smiles are important – so their oral health care... More »

  • The Difference Between Annual Maximum and Deductible
    Feb. 16, 2017

    The Difference Between Annual Maximum and Deductible

    Dental benefit information

    Annual maximums and deductibles are common in many health plans, including dental plans. An annual maximum is the maximum dollar amount a dental benefit plan will pay toward the cost of dental care within a specific period, usually a calendar year. If your plan's annual maximum is $1,000, your carrier will pay its portion of... More »

  • Are Oral Health Issues Genetic?
    Feb. 2, 2017

    Are Oral Health Issues Genetic?

    General oral health

    Your father gave you more than just your eye color and your sense of humor. There's a chance he also gave you an increased risk for periodontal disease. Just like other traits, you can inherit oral health issues from your family. That's why it's important to know your family's medical history, including these oral health... More »

  • National Children's Dental Health Month
    Feb. 1, 2017

    National Children's Dental Health Month

    Children’s Oral Health

    Dental health is one of the most critical, unmet health care issues facing Illinois children today. Good oral health care is imperative for children, but many caregivers don't realize how important it is to establish an oral health routine at an early age. I've seen first-hand how poor oral health can negatively affect children, and... More »

  • Broccoli Cheese Soup
    Jan. 16, 2017

    Broccoli Cheese Soup


    Ingredients: 3 cups unsalted chicken stock 1 3/4 cups broccoli florets, coarsely chopped (about 8 ounces) 1 cup diced yellow onion 1/2 cup chopped carrot 3/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 garlic cloves, minced 3/4 cup half-and-half 4 ounces shredded extra-sharp cheddar cheese, divided 1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves Directions: Combine first seven ingredients in a large saucepan; bring to... More »

  • Celery Mummies
    Oct. 21, 2016

    Celery Mummies


    Ingredients: Celery, cut into 2” sticks Garden vegetable cream cheese Deli turkey, cut into thin strips Directions: Spread 1 tablespoon cream cheese into each celery stick. Arrange the thin strips of deli meat in a crisscross pattern on top of the cream cheese to resemble a mummy's wrappings. Optional: Use tiny pieces of carrot, olive... More »

  • Take the Scare Out of Dental X-Rays
    Oct. 6, 2016

    Take the Scare Out of Dental X-Rays

    General oral health

    Dentists typically use X-rays to better investigate dental issues not evident to the naked eye, provide a baseline of a patient's oral health history, monitor developing teeth (in children) and assess the health of bones and supporting gum tissues that hold teeth in place. X-rays use radiation to capture those images, and you've probably heard... More »