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Please, Don’t Pass This On!

October 23, 2013

“She has her father’s gorgeous eyes!”

“He sings beautifully, just like his mother.”

“He’s so smart – must have gotten that from his Dad!” “Just like her Mom – a natural athlete!”

We love to brag about our children, and it gives us extra pleasure when we think they inherited their positive traits from us! But how about when they get something from us that might not be so good?

According to a recent study performed at Rey Juan Carolos University of Madrid, fear of the dentist may be associated with a similar fear in their parents – especially the father!

“Children seem to mainly pay attention to the emotional reactions of the fathers when deciding if situations at the dentist are potentially stressful,” said study co-author Professor America Lara-Sacido. They went on to discuss that dental fear by either parent can set up their children for a lifetime of difficulty at the dentist.

At Malenius dental, it is our goal to take dental fear out of the equation and make your dental visit as easy as possible. Our modern techniques and caring approach will provide you with the most pleasant dental experience imaginable. And if you have any worries at all, please feel free to discuss them with us.

Here are some tips from The American Dental Association on making your young child’s dental visit as easy as possible:

ü Consider making a morning appointment when children tend to be rested and’ cooperative.

ü Keep any anxiety or concerns you have to yourself. Children can pick up on your

Emotions, so emphasize the positive.

ü Never bribe your child.

ü Never use a dental visit as a punishment or threat.

ü Talk with your child about visiting the dentist.

And remember – if your child is anxious about a dental visit, it may be because of you!! Please come in and discuss any dental issues you may be having, and we will show you how modern dentistry is more comfortable than ever – and maybe even fun!

To make an appointment for any member of the family or to discuss your dental needs, please call us today at 630-668-6180. At Malenius Dental, your comfort is our primary concern!

Here are ten wild and crazy dental facts that will make you smile and improve your health as well.

February 16, 2012

 

1) The average human produces 25,000 quarts of saliva in a lifetime. That is enough spit to fill 2 swimming pools!

 

2) You should not keep your toothbrush near a toilet. The airborne particles from the flush can travel up to a distance of 6 feet. Yuck!

 

3) People who drink 3 or more glasses of soda each day have 62% more tooth decay, fillings and tooth loss than others. Put down the pop and sports drinks and pick up some nice fresh water instead.

 

4) In 1994, a prison inmate in West Virginia braided dental floss into a rope, scaled the wall and escaped. (We suggest that you use floss to clean between your teeth instead of climbing prison walls! If you don’t you are missing around 35% of your teeth’s surfaces.)

 

5) You should replace your toothbrush at least every three months, and always after you have an episode of flu, cold or other viral infections. Notorious bacteria can implant themselves on the toothbrush bristles leading to re-infection.

 

6) Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. However, we do not recommend that you use your pearly whites to open bottle caps!

 

7) The standard advice to “see your dentist twice a year” was actually invented by an ad agency for Pepsodent toothpaste! Your dental professional should recommend the correct schedule for your regular dental visits.

 

8) A recent poll has shown that health professionals (physicians, dentists and nurses) were among the most trusted people in The United States. The least trusted? Lobbyists and congressmen of course!

 

9) According to a recent survey done by Time Magazine, 59% of Americans would rather have a dental appointment than be sitting next to someone talking on a cell phone. Maybe some of us should take a hint!

 

10) Over three out of four people in the United States suffer from some form of gum disease. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in people over age 35. The good news is, in most cases gum disease can be prevented or controlled!

At the office of Dr. Malenius and Davis, we are here for you, and want to help you achieve the best smile possible. If you have any questions about your dental health or need to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today at 1-630-668-6180. We can help you!

 

Also – did you know that we are now on Facebook? Please go to https://www.facebook.com/WheatonDental and “like” us for more dental health tips, community news, contests, special offers at all kinds of other fun stuff!!

3 Decay Promoting Drinks Americans Should Avoid

July 26, 2010


Tooth decay has become a chronic problem in the United States quite often due to the sugary, decay-causing drinks Americans consume. If you want to spend less time at the dentist, here are 3 drinks that you may want to avoid in order to preserve your teeth.

Soda

If you are trying to keep your teeth decay free, sodas are your #1 enemy! Soda is a cornucopia of harmful ingredients waiting to attack your tooth enamel. The main decay causing factors in soda are its acid content, phosphorus content, caffeine and sugar. Some sodas contain as much acid as a battery, and drinking sodas over a long period of time slowly breaks down the enamel of your teeth! The phosphoric acid and caffeine in soda are also culprits for enamel breakdown. Although phosphorus is a necessary element in your bones, too much phosphorus can lead to bone loss, and caffeine limits calcium absorption by your teeth.

The sugar in sodas attaches to bacteria and makes it stick to the surface of your enamel and fuels their metabolism which releases acid byproducts which can cause serious damage to your teeth. Limiting or eliminating sodas from your diet is good for your overall health, but especially good for your bones and teeth. Another helpful tip is to drink your soda through a straw to try and l keep these harmful elements off your teeth as much as possible. If you are experiencing extensive tooth decay due to soda consumption, be sure to get the professional dental care you need to address the decay and avoid more expensive and extensive treatment like root canals and crowns.

Sports Drinks

Different studies show multiple results regarding sports drinks and tooth decay. There are varying factors suchas when and how often you consume these drinks. The acidity and sugar of sports drinks are similar to soda in their affect on your mouth. However, the amount of saliva produced while you are drinking sports drinks will greatly alter the affect the drink has on your teeth. If you are sipping a sports drink at your leisure, during a sports activity, or during a bike ride, your teeth will experience greater affects of decay than consuming a sports drink with your meal. (The stimulus of chewing your food will increase your saliva flow, reducing the decay effects of these acidic and sugary drinks.)

Wine

White wine has a high acid content and wears away at tooth enamel, very similar to the way affect fruit juice affects your teeth. Although red wines are more apt to leave your teeth stained, they tend to be less acidic and damge your teeth less. Prolonged exposure of your teeth to wine (because wine is typically sipped), decreases the pH balance of your mouth and gives bacteria a favorable environment to grow. If you choose to drink wine, make sure that you eat at the same time and eat foods rich in calcium, such as cheese, to help counter the effects of this acid.

Removing these 3 drinks from your diet is a great way help keep out of the dentist’s chair as much as possible. However, if you already have cavities due to these drinks, you best not wait and get these problems fixed to avoid even greater expense.