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Great Uses For Toothpaste

May 11, 2015

 

Brushing your teeth with an ADA toothpaste can help keep your teeth healthy and bright. But did you know toothpaste has some hidden magic? Here are afew other uses for this magical paste!

 

Fill wall holes.

Don’t have any spackle handy to fill in that small patch holes on the wallsleft by pins, nails, screws, etc.? It isn’t apermanent solution, but in a pinch, a dab of toothpastecan fill in those small holes.

Erase scuffs from shoes.

 Do you have scuffs on your shoes? Toothpaste works great for getting scuff marks off sneakers!

Remove crayons from walls.

  I think we all have had the budding artist that choosesthe walls as a canvas! Toothpaste will make crayon marks disappear. Spread it over the “artwork,” then rinse with water. The abrasives in the toothpaste will easily get your wall back to normal.

Need some help hanging art?

 Kids young and college bound, want to hang posters without damaging the walls? Use a dab ofbasic toothpaste with no whiteners or fresh strips, on the back corners to press lightweight posters, collages and other mementos intoposition! To help with hanging those framed pictures backed by teeth hangers or picture hooks, toothpaste can be helpful to determine where to position and pound the nail!

Treat pimples.

If you have been a teenager, you probably have gone to bed withtoothpaste on your face. But have you triedblending it with crushed aspirin? Aspirin is derived from willow bark, the same source for salicylic acid, a popular acne fighter. So the mixture dries thepimple up while decreasing inflammation!

 Brighten your nails.

  Whitening peroxide toothpastes can help restore luster to nails discolored and yellowed by dark polishes. Use a nailbrush or unused toothbrush to scrub the stains away. Follow up with a nice lemon juice soak.

Shine diamonds.

 Use toothpaste and a very soft toothbrush to clean your diamonds. After just a few minutes, the sparkle will return of your best friends.

Polish silver.

From tarnished picture frames to dingy jewelry, a thorough scrub with basic white paste, not gel, will let the tarnish to rub off your hands, blacken your brush and turn your polishing cloth gray!  Follow with a good rinse and buff dry.

Clean your toilet.

 In less than 30 seconds, you can shine up the inside rim and bowl of your porcelain throne.

Lighten grout.

Use some whitening toothpaste and a toothbrush to scrub that grout back to it’s original glory. Make it easier by using a battery operated cleaning brush like Rubbermaid’s cleaning tool, which comes with multiple brush heads to choose from!

Remove water rings.

 Someone forgot the coaster? Bob Villa recommends removing water rings on wood furniture bya gentle rub of white, non-gel toothpaste. Focus on the ring only, since toothpaste can potentially damage a wood finish.

Deodorize containers and hands.

 Toothpaste also helps to eliminate stinky food odors. It can be used for baby bottles, thermoses and other containers that may have picked up the wrong scent! Just scrub your items with toothpaste instead of dish soap. Toothpaste can quickly eradicate garlic, onion, curry and other potent food smells from your hands!

See clearly and prevent fogged goggles, even bathroom mirrors from fogging.

 Clean those goggles and mirrors with a paste, wipe it clean.

Which toothpaste to use? Becausetoothpaste is abrasive it is helpful fora lot of buffing uses.

That is why whitening toothpaste can also causesensitivity after awhile to teeth. Keep your pearly whites white by using the whitening toothpaste, butgive them a break from too much abrasion by switching on an and off with a basic, regular paste!

 

As always, it is our goal as well as our

mission statement to “Serve patients as a

knowledgeable, fun, and gifted team,

inspiring trust while making a difference with our

patients and each other.

 

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Dr. Bob’s Corner: 10 Dieting Myths

June 4, 2014

Every year I am determined to start dieting. It seems there is always something that sabotages this desire each year. One has to beware of what you put on your plate. Here are 10 healthy food myths that can keep you from dieting Success!

 

Myth #1: Two-Percent Milk is Much Lower in Fat than Whole Milk. While 2% milk sounds like it would be much lower in fat than whole milk, in reality whole milk contains roughly 3 percent fat, not much of a difference. Registered dietitians advise that a low-fat food is defined by having 3 grams of fat or less per serving. Two percent milk has 4.9 grams of fat per serving. If you really want to lower milk fat intake, reach for nonfat milk.

 

Myth #2: Brown Eggs are Healthier. When it comes to eggs, the color on the outside has nothing to do with the nutrition on the inside. Contrary to beliefs, the nutrients found in brown and white eggs are essentially the same. If you are looking to boost the nutrient content of your eggs, choose brands whose packages say they are enriched in omega-3 fats (the hens’ feed is rich in these essential fatty acids). They cost a bit more also, but in this case you are actually getting what you are paying for.

Myth #3: Turkey Bacon has Less Fat and Sodium than Regular Bacon. Dietitians warn In xs; that though turkey is a leaner meat than pork, you have to be careful of what is added to make the turkey taste like bacon. Usually salt and fat are the same if not higher. You have to really shop around to find brands of turkey bacon that truly are lower in sodium and fat.

 

Myth #4: Fresh Produce is Always the Better Choice Over Frozen Fruits and Vegetables. There is nothing wrong with buying frozen fruits and vegetables, especially when they are out of season. When you buy out of season you pay more for produce that has been stored or transported long distances, which usually translates into nutrient loss. Frozen fruits and vegetables are actually a really healthy choice because they are frozen at peak ripeness. Look for brands without additives like sugar, and steer clear of vegetable mixes with sauces (butter or cheese). If our only option is to buy canned, pick the low-sodium versions for veggies and fruit packed in natural juices. Rinse all canned veggies under cold water before cooking to lower the sodium content.

 

Myth #5: Salad is Always the Way to Go. Sounds like a healthy choice to trade in that burger order for a salad. While it could be a healthy switch, there is no guarantee. A plain burger can have 250 calories and 9 grams of fat, while a Caesar salad with grilled chicken can have 380 calories and 23 grams of fat. If you choose crispy chicken, you are looking at a salad with 540 calories and 36 grams of fat. When choosing salads, dietitians warn to watch the salad dressing, which can really pack on the calories. Opt for low-fat dressings, such as balsamic vinaigrette or Italian, and avoid creamy dressings, like ranch or Caesar. Salads topped with croutons, cheese, bacon or anything crispy, will add even more calories!

 

Myth #6: Low-Fat or Sugar-Free Cookies are the Smarter Dessert Option. If you are going to eat a cookie or a treat, go for a small amount of the real thing! Since sugar and fat satisfy the palette, a little goes a long way. The sugar-free varieties often leave you wanting more, setting you up to overeat. Besides, the sugar-free and fat-modified versions of your favorite treats don’t offer as big a calorie savings as you might think!

 

Myth #7: Margarine is Better Than Butter. The butter vs. margarine debate has been around for a long time. Margarine and butter have about the same amount of fat and calories. Depending on the type of margarine you buy, you may be spreading your toast with something more harmful than butter. Margarine that contain trans fat (hydrogenated oils) not only raise your bad cholesterol (LDL), but also lower your good cholesterol (HDL). If you prefer the taste of margarine, or can’t have dairy, use margarine made with plant stanols which research suggests may help lower your cholesterol levels.

 

Myth #8: Swapping Soda for Juice Saves on Sugar. True cutting back on soda is a good thing, but guzzling juice isn’t an improvement. A can of cola has about the same amount of sugar as a cup of unsweetened apple and orange juices. The fruit juice has many good-for-you nutrients, but drinking too much can expand your waistline and the acidic content can cause rampant tooth decay\k no more than 8 ounces of 100% fruit juice a day.

 

Myth #9:
Reduced-Fat Peanut Butter is Healthier. Reduced-fat peanut butter is not necessarily a better choice over the regular kind.

•* c7 In fact, more sugar and sodium are often added to make up for the lower fat content. So beware and read the fine print as many brands contain trans fatty acids or partially hydrogenated oils. Go for the jar of pure, ground peanuts.

Myth #10: Swapping Ice Cream for Frozen Yogurt Saves Calories. Maybe, maybe not. Many people think because it is yogurt it is healthier and eat more of it. Some brands of frozen yogurt have almost double the calories of a light, slow-churned ice cream, which has 50% less fat. So read the labels and watch your portions!

Losing weight can be easier to achieve with a healthy mouth. You may find yourself energized from a healthy smile. More importantly, keeping that smile healthy will lower your chances of periodontal disease, which is linked to heart attack and stroke! Hope to see you soon. As always, it is our goal as well as our mission statement to “Serve patients as a knowledgeable, fun, and gifted team, inspiring trust while making a difference with our patients and each other.” Feel Free to call us at Malenius Dental at 630-668-6180 to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions!

A Sticky Situation?

May 12, 2014

Is gum chewing a healthy or dangerous habit? This is a question which we are asked quite often. And the answer is…..both! Here are some facts about gum chewing, and we’ll let you decide the answer!

RISK:

Many gums contain sugar, which may taste great, but cause tooth decay (cavities) and other health-related problems. Why would anyone choose to smash sugar directly against their teeth?

BENEFIT:

Sugar-free gums don’t contain any ingredients which rot your teeth, and the chewing stimulates the flow of saliva, which may actually help prevent cavities.

RISK:

Gum chewing can cause inflammation and discomfort in the temperomandibular joint (TMJ) – the joint which connects your lower jaw to your skull. This can trigger a syndrome which includes pain, headaches, earaches and toothaches!

BENEFIT:

Gum can help freshen the breath after eating stinky foods such as onions and garlic, and relieve dry mouth, which also can promote gross mouth odors. (Bad breath that is present on a constant basis is usually a sign of a more serious dental problem.)

RISK:

Gum chewing can cause some unwanted and embarrassing problems at the other end! “Chewing gum can contribute to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as excess air can be swallowed, which contributes to abdominal pain and bloating,” says Dr. Patrick Takahashi, chief of gastroenterology at St. Vincent Medical Center, Los Angeles, California. In addition to swallowing air, artificial sweeteners such as sorbitol and mannitol can cause diarrhea in otherwise healthy people.

BENEFIT:

According to studies performed by the British Psychological Society, gum chewing increases blood flow to the brain and actually can help with alertness and memory!

RISK:

While many think that gum chewing curbs the appetite, a recent study in the Journal of Eating Behavior reports that chewing minty gum makes one reduce the intake of healthy foods such as fruit, and increase consumption of potato chips and other junk food. (We wonder what a Doritos flavored gum would do!!)

BENEFIT:

Chewing sugar-free gum can actually reduce the amount of plaque on your teeth and neutralize harmful mouth acids, causing a reduction in cavities.

So what do you think? At the office of Drs, Malenius and Davis we feel that chewing sugar-free gum in moderation can be a healthy habit as long as it doesn’t cause TMJ discomfort or other side effects. Whether you should chew gum during your next job interview – well that’s your call!!

If you have any questions about this or any other dental issues, or would like to make an appointment for a dental exam


cleaning, or consultation, please give us a call at

630-668-6180
. We are here for you!

We Would Never Do This!

February 10, 2014


At Malenius Dental, we truly care about your dental health – and we care about ours too! So we would like to share with you seven things we would never do when it comes to our teeth and gums.

  • Use our teeth to open a bottle cap, tear a piece of fabric, or for any other non-dental use.

Teeth have many functions, including biting and chewing food, smiling, aiding in proper speech, and more. But using them for things other than these can result in injury that can be difficult and expensive to repair!

  • Ignore any kind of dental pain or swelling

When your body is trying to tell you something, it is important to listen! While dental pain or swelling does sometimes temporarily go away, that doesn’t mean the underlying problem has resolved. Treating problems early on is always the best solution.

  • Think that bleeding bleeding are “NORMAL.”

If blood were coming out of the ear (or any other body part) most people would be concerned, but for some reason many people think that bleeding gums are normal. They aren’t! Usually gums that bleed, are sensitive, or swollen means there is an underlying infection which could lead to tooth loss. Remember – coming in for regular checkups means early detection of any gum or tooth problems.

  • Eat something and then go to bed without brushing.

The flow of saliva decreases during sleep, and yucky morning breath isn’t the only problem it causes! Nighttime is the right time for sugars, bacteria and food debris to wreak havoc on your pearly whites. Always make sure to give your mouth a thorough brushing before beddy-bye.

  • Play any kind of sport without a mouthguard.

It is estimated that up to 40% of dental injuries occur while playing sports, most of them involving the front teeth. Practically all of these can be prevented by simply wearing a mouthguard. It’s an inexpensive and easy procedure (as compared to the over $500 million spent each year repairing dental sports injuries!)

  • Make health care decisions based solely on insurance coverage.

While dental insurance can be great for offsetting some of your healthcare costs, coverage does not indicate which treatment is right for you. At our office we will work with you to maximize your insurance coverage, make comfortable financial arrangements, AND provide the best treatment possible! It is our goal to perform the highest quality dentistry in an affordable manner.

  • Never go a day without smiling!!

Smiling benefits your mood, boosts your immune system, makers you look younger, relieves stress, and is contagious. No wonder we would never go a day without it!

At Malenius Dental we are here for you. If you would like to discuss any of these points or are in need of a checkup, cleaning or consultation, please give us a call today at 630-668-6180. We also welcome the referral of your friends and family!

I Can’t Hear You – Open Your Mouth!

January 22, 2014

Dental research and technology is pretty amazing. Nowadays your dental team at Malenius Dental has fantastic ways to replace missing teeth, lower the risk of heart disease, give you a bright white smile and much more. But who would have ever thought that teeth could have a significant role in helping deaf people hear again?

Doctors at Oklahoma University have developed a way to transmit sounds through the teeth, allowing those who are completely deaf in one ear to hear much better!

Dustin Brown is a patient who lost his hearing in one ear due to cancer, causing what doctors refer to as “single-sided deafness.” Instead of surgery, Brown opted for a system in which a dental retainer-like device was placed over the lower molars and a small microphone put in his deaf ear. This then transmits the sound through his teeth into his unaffected ear.

Dr. Betty Tsai, a physician at Oklahoma University said, “Bone is actually a very good conductor for sound. In fact, sound travels more efficiently through bone than it does through air.”

Dustin and his wife say this technology has not only helped him hear again, but it has helped them communicate.

Jennifer Brown, Dustin’s wife, said, “It’s a lot less frustrating now. Before he would have to say, ‘huh’ or ‘what.’ It’s just so much better for us.”

Dustin said, “The most difference I’ve seen is when I’m driving down the road with my wife. I can actually hear what she’s saying now.”

Not only can Dustin hear better, but just for saying that he wins Husband of the Year!

To find out what other great technology dentistry has to offer, or to schedule a cleaning, examination, or consultation, give us a call at 6306686180. At Malenius dental, we are here for you!!

Holiday Travel Tips and Alzheimer’s Discovery

November 25, 2013


The Holidays are around the corner. Every year many of us spend countless hours in preparation and travel to celebrate and reconnect with family and friends. If you are the ones traveling, don’t let long lines, flight delays, lost luggage, traffic jams, crowds and other travel woes take away from the love and joy of this special season. So before you put on your hat and head out the door, you might want to consider a few travel tips to make your visit a great experience!

Get a Good Night’s Sleep the Night Before. Set a daily schedule so last minutes tasks like wrapping presents and packing bags aren’t keeping you up late. You may even want to consider shipping presents ahead of time. Seven to nine hours of sleep will result in a happier mood and less susceptibility to stress. You will also be less susceptible to contracting an illness on the plane or train because your body’s systems will have regenerated during sleep. If you do snooze on the trip, limit naps to 40 minutes at the most so you don’t end up in a groggy fog!

Avoid Heavy Baggage. Before you pack, lay out everything you are planning on taking and then step back and reconsider exactly what you will really need. Often people can cut down at least a third of the original pile. You don’t want to wrench your back, neck or shoulders carrying an overly heavy bag, or stress out about whether you can hoist it into an overhead compartment. Bring what you will be most comfortable in, and just get down to a basic wardrobe.

Bring Your Own Healthy Snacks. Don’t wait until you are starving, cranky and desperate for something to eat at an airport, train station or rest stop. Besides satisfying your hunger, eating regularly keeps your blood sugar levels steadier so you will be less anxious and irritable while traveling. Bring along snacks such as fruit or nuts. Stay away from dehydrating coffee or cola, and drink enough water to keep you well hydrated (at least a cup or two every three hours), but not so much that those restroom stops, stop you from reaching your destination. While we are on the subject, you might want to also avoid anything with red dye 4 also known as carmine or cochineal. The red dye is made from white boiled cochineal bugs, a type of beetle, that exudes a bright red color when it is crushed. So you might want to rethink that Skittles, Good n* Plenty, lemonade, grapefruit juice, and even ice cream!

Bring Along Your Own Entertainment. Why not take that book you have been eager to read, or an iPod or MP3 player with a soothing play list to help you mellow out along the way. Music can help dissipate any anxiety and tension, not to mention wearing earphones can help you tune out any unwelcome nearby noise.

Bring a Necessity Bag. Fill a small cosmetic bag with go to helpers such as hand sanitizer, tissues, gum or sugar free hard candy, nasal drops or decongestant, a pain reliever, compression stockings and anything else you might need to make your travels comfortable as possible. You may want to bring along a small tube of hand lotion with a soothing scent. For example, lavender aroma is known for it’s calming and relaxing affects.

Make Room for Downtime. It is smart to plan on getting to the airport or train station early so you are not racing against the clock to make your departure in the midst of long lines and crowded conditions. If you end up with some free time, even better. You may end up with time to take in a massage or take a brisk walk around the terminal to stretch out those legs and then actually relax during your trip.

Once you arrive at your destination you may find all that effort and hard work can provide you with the energy to truly enjoy the people and celebrations.

Speaking of your loved ones, especially aging parents that you only see a few times a year, you may notice changes, especially with memory. It can sometimes be difficult to differentiate between the normal changes that occur with aging and the signs of something more serious like Alzheimer’s disease. The Alzheimer’s Association has an updated list of 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s that you may find helpful. 1) Memory loss that disrupts daily life. 2) Challengers in planning or solving problems. 3) Difficulty completing familiar tasks at home, at work or at leisure 4) Confusion with time or place. 5) Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships. 6) New problems with words in speaking or writing. 7) Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps. 8) Decreased or poor judgment. 9) Withdrawal from work or social activities. 10) Changes in mood and personality. If you have concern speak with your family doctor to learn more about Alzheimer’s and its treatment.

All of us at the Malenius Kingdom wish your Holidays are filled with smiles, laughter and great memories.

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s always, it is our goal as well as our mission statement to “Serve patients as a knowledgeable, fun, and gifted team, inspiring trust while making a difference with our patients and each other.”

If you have questions about this article and information, as well as any other dental issues, feel free to call us at 630-668-6180 or email us at maleniusdental@gmail.com .

Some Dental Things To Be Thankful For!

November 13, 2013

 

As Thanksgiving approaches, many of us are happy to be thankful for so many things, but how many people are thinking “dental” when making their list?

Well – worry no more. Your friends at Dr. Malenius’ office are ready to help you with some important dental things to be thankful for!

Your Smile!

Numerous surveys have shown that someone’s smile is the first thing others notice, and members of the opposite sex often rank it as the most important physical characteristic. A smile doesn’t have to be movie star perfect, just sincere and uniquely yours. So smile!

Your Health!

Several recent studies have shown that dental disease is related to heart disease, stroke, and many other illnesses. If you’re healthy, don’t forget to thank your teeth and gums!

Your Breath!

Having pleasant breath is certainly an asset socially and professionally, and excellent dental health is one of the biggest factors in having a clean smelling mouth. So let’s be thankful for fresh breath. And if your breath is a bit stinky, be thankful for a close friend or relative who will let you know!

Your teeth!

Without your teeth you couldn’t bite and chew delicious food, speak clearly, smile broadly, or nibble on your best friend. And people with healthy teeth live longer!

Your Tongue!

Sure – when you were a kid it was fun to stick your tongue out at people. But even if you no longer do that, that very strong muscle on the floor of your mouth helps to chew food and taste those delicious (and hopefully healthy!) things that you are eating.

Your Dental Team!

At the office of Dr. Malenius , we are proud of our team! Our dentist, dental hygienists, dental assistants, and dental business team members are highly trained professionals who are here to serve you! We take your comfort and health very seriously and constantly undergo rigorous training to make your dental experience the best it can be!

If you have any questions, need to make an appointment, or would like to refer a friend or family member to our practice, please call 1-630-668-6180 right away!

We are thankful for all of our great patients and are here for you!

Here’s Something To Be Thankful For!!

October 16, 2013

According to a recent study done by The American Dental Association, the feature that others find most attractive is not our hair, eyes, or body – it’s our smile!!

So don’t worry about trying to compete with the latest supermodel or those impossible-to-beat images we see on every billboard and magazine ad. Just flash your pearly whites and smile!!

But there’s more to it than that. Anti-aging expert Dr. Mark Stibich has come up with some fantastic reasons to smile. Here are just a few of them.

• Smiling Changes Our Mood

Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood for the better.

• Smiling Is Contagious

When someone is smiling they lighten up the room and make things happier. Smile lots and you will draw people to you.

• Smiling Relieves Stress

Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action.

Smiling Boosts Your Immune System

Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves, possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.

•Smiling Releases Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin, making us feel great. Smiling is a natural drug.

Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a facelift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll look younger and feel better.

There is no doubt about it – smiling is something we should be extremely thankful for. Malenius Dental , it is our mission to give our patients something to smile about!

If you’re not happy with your smile, call us right away at 630-668-6180. We would love to help!!

Eight Benefits of Tooth Brushing – That Have Nothing To Do With Your Teeth!!

October 16, 2013

 

We are all aware that brushing your teeth on a regular basis prevents cavities and keeps you smiling. But there are many other surprising benefits, including these eight that don’t have to do with your teeth!

  1. According to a study published in The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, participants who did not brush on a regular basis had a 65 percent greater chance of developing dementia compared to those who did brush. So don’t forget to brush!!
  2. A study in The American Journal of Medicine found that regular brushing decreases the chance of stroke! Wow – two very serious diseases can be curtailed with good oral hygiene. And the list goes on…..
  3. As any dentist, hygienist or physician can tell you, regular brushing (and flossing) helps to prevent gum disease. But you may not know that along with causing stinky breath and unattractive smiles, gum disease is a major indicator of heart disease and the number one cause of tooth loss in adults.
  4. A study published in the Journal of Periodontology has shown that increased brushing decreases the risk of respiratory diseases such as pneumonia and COPD. Why? Bacteria which form on the teeth make their way into the lungs and respiratory tract, wreaking havoc along the way.
  5. Dental researcher Dr. Caitia Gazola has shown that having healthy teeth and gums increases the chances of having healthy babies, while dental disease can cause underweight pre-term babies. And men – you aren’t off the hook! We strongly suspect that not brushing your teeth regularly can exclude you from the whole pregnancy process!
  6. Prevention magazine has reported that regular brushing can help you maintain a healthy weight! Why? Brushing your teeth indicates to your brain that mealtime is over. Plus – food just doesn’t taste as good with squeaky clean teeth!
  7. Okay guys – here’s your turn. Several studies have shown that men with poor oral hygiene are at greater risk for erectile dysfunction. Scared yet???
  8. Have a heart – a healthy one that is! The American Journal of Medicine has linked dental health

    with heart attack risk.

So if clean teeth, fresh breath, a beautiful smile and fewer cavities aren’t enough, here are eight reasons why brushing your teeth on a regular basis can save your life! Plus let’s face it – going around with a big piece of tomato stuck between your chompers is not the most attractive look in the world!

Just as important as brushing your teeth is doing it correctly. And if you are not getting regular dental cleanings, your efforts aren’t nearly as effective.

At Dr. Malenius’ office, we care about your dental health and your medical health too!! If you have any questions or need to make an appointment, please call us right away at 1-630-668-6180. We are

here to help you!!

Tooth Brushing Basics

September 26, 2013

Do You Know The Basics?

Recently the American Dental Association did a survey to see if typical Americans knew some basic facts about dental health. Here are some of the questions – play along and see how you do!

• What type of bristles should you have on your toothbrush – soft, medium or hard?

Most people chose either medium or hard, but the fact is soft bristles are best! Medium or hard can actually damage your sensitive gum tissue and wear your teeth!

• Sugar causes cavities – true or false?

Practically everyone answered “true” to this one, but the answer is actually “false!” But you may feel it’s a trick question. Cavities are caused by bacteria, but the problem causing organisms feed on sugar that is stuck to your teeth! We recommend limiting sweets and soft drinks, especially the sticky kind!

• Does The American Dental Association recommend brushing your teeth for sixty seconds after every meal, or for two minutes twice per day?

Again, most people got this one wrong! The ADA suggests twice per day for two minutes. Of course, if you want to throw in a few extra brushing sessions each day we won’t object – especially before you come to visit us!

• True or false – it is normal for your gums to bleed while brushing and flossing.

Okay – this one is a little scary. 35% of respondents answered “true” – but the answer is definitely false! Think about it – what would you do if your nose bled every time you sneezed, or your arm bled when you scratched it? Well, the same goes for your gums! Bleeding is a sign of gum disease and infection, and is certainly not normal or healthy!

So how did you do? Hopefully this little quiz was fun, and maybe you even learned something!

At Malenius Dental, we are here to answer any questions you may have, no matter how basic! Give us a call at 630-668-6180
and we will be glad to help you – or to set up an appointment for a dental examination, cleaning, to look at any dental problem you may be having, or even to brighten up your smile. Whatever it is – we can help!