1. 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:


  2. 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.


  3. 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:


  4. 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:

  5. 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.

  6. Dentist By 1 Guest Feature

    April 30, 2015

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    Babies work pretty hard when they’re getting new teeth – drooling, crying, chewing on toys. It can be a challenging experience for parents and little ones alike, and when those teeth finally break through it can be a big relief. But as with so many other parts of parenting, your work doesn’t end there. (more…)

  7. Allergeez: Can Spring Flowers Bring Toothache Power?

    April 28, 2015

    Seasonal Allergies Can Spring Flowers Cause Toothache Power

    Love, Orlando and flowers are all exciting “blooms.”

    However, if you suffer from seasonal allergies, the last bloom may not sound so appealing.


  8. Come on Down! You’re the Next Contestant on the Stress-Free Fight

    April 23, 2015

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    Managing stress can be trickier than choosing the winning case on Deal or No Deal. Stress causes many of us to fall into bad habits, which can be hazardous to our well-being. (more…)

  9. What Your Old Toothbrush Can Do For You (and the planet)

    April 21, 2015

    What the Toothbrush Can Do for You and the PlanetSome items are easy to recycle: Old books make great additions to your local school. Hand-me-downs can be given to a neighbor or youngest child. Glass bottles make delightful DIYs.


  10. How Your Dental Benefits Can Save Trees

    April 16, 2015

    How Your Dental Benefits Can Save TreesIt’s obvious we love the color green, but we view “green” as a verb too.

    Each year, Americans use around 69 million tons of paper and paperboard. How can you reduce your carbon footprint? One way you can “go green” is with your dental benefits. (more…)

  11. Check Out Some Library Love: The Perfect Book for Your Child [INFOGRAPHIC]

    April 14, 2015

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    April 12th-18th is National Library Week. This year’s theme is, “unlimited possibilities at your library.” We’re embracing that theme with our latest infographic.

    Grab your little one, pick a book and get reading! Best of all, most of these smile-ducational books are available at your local library. (more…)

  12. Teeth and Tax Season

    April 9, 2015

    Home financeFlowers are blooming and so are your tax papers. As you rush to submit your taxes, slow down to ensure you get all of your entitled deductions.