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Delta Dental of Illinois Introduces 'Smile Smart For Your Health'
Date:9/4/2007

Enhanced Benefits Program Linking Oral Health and Overall Health

LISLE, Ill., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Delta Dental of Illinois is offering a new benefits program to its clients and prospective clients. The program, "Smile Smart for Your Health," integrates oral health and overall health to offer specific benefits for persons who have specific health conditions, including diabetes, pregnancy, and a history of periodontal disease or surgery.

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"Smile Smart for Your Health" is based on the emerging science of evidence-based dentistry -- a set of principles and methods intended to ensure, to the greatest extent possible, that clinical decisions, guidelines and other types of policies are based on, and consistent with, good evidence of effectiveness and benefit. As understanding of the connection between oral health and overall health grows, evidence-based dentistry solutions, such as "Smile Smart for Your Health," bridge the gap between dentistry and medical treatment.

"After a comprehensive review of the extensive scientific research available, we are offering 'Smile Smart for Your Health' to help improve the oral health of our enrollees, and hopefully, their overall health too," said Robert E. Dennison, D.M.D., President and Chief Executive Officer of Delta Dental of Illinois. "And 'Smile Smart for Your Health' can help employers and groups lower their overall costs by directing preventive care where it's needed most -- in addition to promoting medical cost savings." Dennision adds, "Delta Dental of Illinois will continue to explore other evidence-based dentistry offerings and examine emerging research and will likely add components to 'Smile Smart for Your Health' as research supports."

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