1. Typical Teething Timeline [INFOGRAPHIC]

    February 26, 2015

    teething babyTeething is hard on everybody. Your child is uncomfortable, and since misery loves company, chances are you aren’t the happiest parent either.


  2. The Tooth Fairy’s Top 3 Teeth-Pleasing Recipes

    February 24, 2015

    Tooth Fairy's Favorite Foods=Delta Dental of IowaThe Tooth Fairy’s so nice, we celebrate her twice! National Tooth Fairy Day occurs once in August and once this month – February 28th, to be exact.  (more…)

  3. Ease Your Child’s Dental Anxiety: Tots, Teens & Ages in Between

    February 19, 2015

    Supporting young patient

    Does your child tremble in terror at the mere mention of a dentist appointment? It’s common for children of all ages to fear a dental visit.  (more…)

  4. Make Flossing Fun for Kids

    February 17, 2015

    Make Flossing Fun for Kids

    Once a child has two teeth that are touching, it is important to begin flossing.As tired as we are from the toothbrush tantrums and spit struggles, creativity can go a long way, especially when it comes to a bit of floss.  (more…)

  5. Keeping Kids in Mind for Dental Plan Design

    February 12, 2015

    Smiling mother and baby laying on meadow

    Quality dental care is essential for a child’s well being. The research supports our view: Cavities are the single most common chronic disease among children. Untreated decay affects 19.5% of 2 to 5 year olds and 22.9% of 6 to 19 year olds. Dental disease can affect a child’s life, from eating and sleeping, to school performance and self-esteem (more…)

  6. “Will you be my Valentine?” XOXO, Your Teeth

    February 10, 2015

    have a fresh breath Valentine's Day!The 14th is near and love is in the air

    But where will you go and what will you wear?

    While you make your plans final for a night full of fun

    Get a head start on your smile for that special someone.  (more…)

  7. The Benefits of Love: COB and your Dental Plan

    February 5, 2015

    COB and Your Dental Plan - Delta Dental of IowaValentine’s Day is a time to rejoice the love in your life. Whether you spend it with your spouse or entire family, love is certainly in the air every February 14th.

    Many of us share more than just memories and affection with our significant other – we share benefits. Hugs, kisses and dental… dental benefits, to be specific. If your family shares more than one dental plan, it is referred to as a coordination of benefits (COB). (more…)

  8. Creative Activities for Children’s Dental Health Month Festivities

    February 3, 2015

    Dental Health Month Activities - Delta Dental of IowaTell your kids to show off their smiles — February is National Children’s Dental Health Month.

    Did you know the average child smiles 400 times a day? With so much grinning going around, your little one should be proud to display their pearly whites! (more…)

  9. Beat the New Year’s Odds: Reach Your Resolutions!

    January 29, 2015

    Recharge Your New Year's ResolutionsEvery year on January 1st, a magic motivation fills the air. New Year’s resolutions lead to a path paved with wishes and gold. It’s a chance to wipe the slate clean and start fresh.

    Then why do only 8% of Americans follow through on their New Year’s aspirations? It’s important to set realistic goals and establish a routine. After all, old habits don’t have to die hard! (more…)

  10. Using your Coverage at the Dentist

    January 27, 2015

    Father With Daughter At Reception Of Dentist's SurgeryDo you have a dental visit scheduled for 2015? Kudos on planning ahead!

    Maybe your coverage changed with the New Year, or maybe you’re seeing a new dentist. Either way, plan arriving a little early so you can fill out the office’s paperwork and patient privacy forms.

  11. Preventative Care & Your Dental Plan

    January 22, 2015

    Dentist Demonstrating How To Brush Teeth To Female PatientDo you have dental benefits? If so, preventive dental benefits are likely covered in your plan. Make sure you use them – they’ll keep you smiling long after that trip to the dentist.

    See your dentist regularly.
    Most plans cover dental exams and cleanings every 6 months. This way your dentist can check on your mouth’s health on a routine basis. During this exam, you may also receive X-rays. Typically, an office will start with a full mouth X-ray, recommended once every 3 years. They’ll follow up with bitewing X-rays annually. Check your coverage for specifics on any of these items.

  12. Cheese, the Grill of our Dreams

    January 20, 2015

    National Cheese Lover's DayYes whey — today is National Cheese Lover’s Day! Did you know that there are more than 1,000 types of cheese? This melted gooey goodness pleases your taste buds, tummy AND teeth.

    Your teeth are made mostly of calcium, and without enough in your diet, you risk developing tooth decay and other problems. (more…)