1. Teens and the Advantages of Risk-taking

    June 30, 2015

    Believe it or not, there is a reason why teenagers act like…well..teenagers: dramatic brain changes experienced during adolescence may explain increased exploration and risk-taking. (more…)

  2. Insurance Decoder: 3 Benefits to Benefits

    June 25, 2015

    June is bustling, filled to the brim with some of our favorite holidays: National Smile Month, Summer Solstice and Father’s Day. Our favorite celebration this month is probably a day you’ve never heard of – June 28th is National Insurance Awareness Day.

    You might not be as excited as we are, but before you hit the back button on your browser, double check to make sure you’re not missing out on the benefits of dental coverage: (more…)

  3. Iowa Sunshine Benefits Your Smile

    June 23, 2015

     

    The heat is finally here!

    Soaking up the Iowa sun is a surefire way to make any person smile. But did you know the rays actually benefit your grin? (more…)

  4. Healthy Smile Hack: Summer Dentist Appointments

    June 18, 2015

    Recognize this short list of smart strategies?

    • Arrive at the DMV the minute it opens.
    • Buy next year’s holiday decorations the day after Christmas.
    • Cook meals in bulk and freeze the rest.

    Well, here’s another life hack: Schedule a dentist appointment this summer. Summer break is the prime time to send every family member to the dentist. Why?

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  5. 5 Ways to Exercise Employee Wellness

    June 9, 2015

    With New Year’s far behind us, make June the new January and recommit to health goals. June is National Employee Wellbeing Month, and we have 5 ways you and your office can celebrate.

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  6. Father’s Day Gifts Guaranteed to Delight Dad

    June 4, 2015

    delta dental of iowa's father's day gift ideasWith Mother’s Day behind us, it’s time for dads to take center stage on the parental performance. Don’t take the easy road with another tie or set of tongs – give him something for his teeth! Why?

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  7. The Ultimate Smile Infographic

    June 2, 2015

    Delta Dental of Iowa - Smile Month Infographic Feature PhotoJune is National Smile Month and we’re giddy with grins! All of this smiling has us wondering…

    • Why didn’t people smile in old pictures?
    • Do all smiles mean the same thing?
    • Are there any benefits to smiling?

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  8. Smart Snacks for Memorial Day Weekend Smiles

    May 21, 2015

    recipe ideas for healthy memorial day smilesWith gas prices trending lower than they have in years, Memorial Day Weekend travel is projected to be on the rise.  If you’re preparing to hit the road for this holiday weekend, here are some smart snacks to help break up the miles without damaging smiles:

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  9. Dental Benefits: A BIG Deal for Small Businesses

    May 19, 2015

    If you’re a small business owner, it’s important to offer dental coverage to your employees. Here are 3 reasons why dental benefits are a big deal:As a small business owner, you likely have about 101 other priorities consuming your day ahead of thinking about selecting dental benefits for your employees.   

    3 reasons why dental benefits are a BIG deal for small businesses.

    1. Employees are your greatest asset.

    Regardless of your business size, employees expect dental coverage to be part of their benefits package. Providing a dental benefit options is a way to invest in your best asset – your employees. Individuals with dental coverage are also more likely to make that appointment — keeping their dental and overall health in-check.

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  10. Fire Up the BBQ for a Healthy “Grill”

    May 14, 2015


    Grilled Veggies Delta Dental of Iowa BlogIt’s patio season! In honor of National Barbecue Month, here are some healthy ideas to honor our great pork state and will be sure to make your “grill” smile:

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  11. Brokers: What Your Clients Want in a Dental Plan

    May 7, 2015

    Dental Benefits contribute to employee retention and satisfaction. What exactly are employees looking for? Here are some considerations:Trying to find the right dental plan for a company and employees can be stressful, especially with so many options available. As a broker, your clients look to you now more than ever to help them decide which benefits plans are right for their needs.

    So what do employers want from a dental insurance provider? Below are key points Delta Dental suggests you consider:
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  12. Shape Up and Smile: 3 Workout Alternatives You Haven’t Tried Yet

    May 5, 2015

    Go ahead…skip the gym! Here are 3 unique routines to pump you (and your interest level) up!It’s common knowledge that regular exercise is a key component to a healthy lifestyle, but your smile might be another reason to work up a sweat. A recent study with more than 12,000 participants observed the effects of exercise on overall dental health. Those who exercised and ate nutritiously showed healthier gums and fresher breath, even first thing in the morning, when compared to the non-exercising control group.

    For those of us who dread the thought of entering a gym — or trying to find the time to go to one – think outside of the box! Nobody said one workout fits all.
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