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Do You Brush Your Teeth Correctly? Probably Not!

December 6, 2012

Almost everybody brushes their teeth, but only one in ten people are doing it effectively!

To that, we have to say a great big “YUCK!!” Imagine if only ten percent of the population showered correctly. That would be pretty gross. But according to researchers at The University of Gothenburg, ninety percent of the population does not brush their teeth in the right way!

Don’t worry!! Your friends at Dr. Malenius and Associates are here to help you. So sit back and open wide as we present….

The Top Eight Toothbrushing Tips!

  1. Size Matters!

Many people use a large toothbrush head thinking the bigger the better.” But you can brush just as effectively if not more so with a smaller brush, especially if you have to strain your mouth to use a larger one.

According to dental consumer advisor Dr. Richard Price, the more comfortable it is in your mouth and your hand, then the more likely you will use it and use it properly.”

  1. It’s Good To Be A Softy!

It would seem to make sense that firmer bristles would clean your teeth better, but many times they just wind up damaging your sensitive gum tissue. The American Dental Association recommends a soft-bristled brush and we agree!

  1. Don’t Do A Rush Job!

While most people spend fifteen seconds or so per round of brushing, a full two minutes is best. And to make sure you don’t play favorites, divide your mouth into four sections (upper right, lower right, etc..) and spend thirty seconds on each.

Some electric toothbrushes actually have timers, but you don’t need to be so fancy. Find a thirty second song and sing it to yourself for each mouth quarter. Or multitask by watching TV until the full two minutes is up.

  1. What’s Your Angle?

While we typically picture toothbrushing to be a horizontal affair, that leaves out many important tooth surfaces, including the crucial area where the tooth meets the gum line. Aim your bristles at a forty-five degree angle and make sure they gently dip below

the outer surface of your gums. This can get very tricky, and we recommend that you have one of the fantastic members of our dental hygiene team give you a full demonstration!

  1. It’s An Inside Job!

The inner surfaces of the teeth are often overlooked, but just because they hide from daylight doesn’t mean you should neglect them! Take the time to brush all tooth surfaces, inside and out. Oh – don’t forget your tongue either!

  1. Rinse-a-rama!

After you brush, loose bacteria are floating around in your mouth having a big old party. It’s time to finish them up with a rinse of mouthwash or even water. They’re on your toothbrush too, so it’s always a good idea to run that under the faucet for a few seconds when you finish!

  1. Forced Retirement

Many people get nostalgic over their old toothbrushes, but keeping them for too long is a big mistake!! Frayed bristles can’t clean correctly, and even worse – they harbor all kinds of nasty germs. The American Dental Association suggests changing your toothbrush every three to four months – but we think that may even be too long of an interval for many. When in doubt – toss it out!

  1. And There’s One More Thing

Even though we are discussing toothbrushing, it just wouldn’t be complete without mentioning those tooth surfaces between your teeth – the ones that can’t be reached with a brush. Yes, that’s right – we all need to floss!! Daily flossing prevents cavities and helps to keep your gums in good shape.

At Malenius Dental and Associates, we want you to have strong healthy teeth and gums, fresh breath and a beautiful smile!! Please call us now at 630-668-6180 to schedule an appointment, ask any questions about keeping your teeth and gums nice and clean, or even to schedule a complimentary Imagebrushing and flossing lesson! We are here for you!

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear!

May 23, 2012

 Here’s an interesting quiz for you.

Who Originally dispensed the famous recommendation to “see your dentist twice a year?”

Is this true or not?- so when and where do you think that bit of advice originated?

  1. The American Dental Association in 1933
  2. The world’s first dental college- The University of Maryland school of Dentistry in 1845.
  3. An article in the Journal of Oral surgery by Dr. Henry Horseacre in 1909 entitled “Proper Protocol for dental cleanings.”
  4. A  radio ad for Pepsodent Toothpaste in 1929.

Believe it or not, if you guessed  “4” you are correct!

Most of us known the famous order to “see your dentist twice a year.”  Some insurance companies even use that  interval to define their standard for payment.  But  the fact is that phrase was developed with no scientific basis at all-and to sell toothpaste!

Another example of this logic was the campaign for Pear’s Soap in the late 1800’s. The slogan “Have you used Pear’s Soap today?” ushered in the habit of daily bathing! And while that was certainly a good thing, the fact is that we are all different and to think that everyone requires the same schedule for their health needs just doesn’t make sense.

When you wash your hair, do you “rinse and repeat?” Do you associate diamonds with engagement rings?  Are you convinced that Volvo builds the safest cars?  If so, you’ve been influenced by advertising, not necessarily facts.  Don’t worry- we are all guilty of it!

At Dr. Malenius & Associates, Dr. Davis an I don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach when your health is involved.  In ordre to determine the correct dental treatment for you (including how often you should have your teeth cleaned) we perform a thorough examination, checking your teeth, gums, medical history, bite, jaw muscles and more.  We even do an oral cancer screening at every check -up.

Everyone is different, so despite what the ad men from Pepsodent once said, let’s scientifically determine the correct schedule for your dental visits by looking at the facts, not an ad slogan.  Then you can look forward to a lifetime of healthy teet and gums – ad keep smiling forever!

If you have any questions, or you would like to schedule a visit, please call 1-630-668-6180.  We are here to help you!


May 9, 2012

If you have been shopping for toothpaste lately, you know that it can be very confusing.

Unlike the old days -when the choices were few, these days it seems that there are just too many options!  Whitening toothpastes, tartar control, paste or gel, gum health, desensitizing……. which is best? This is a question we are asked all the time.  Sometimes it seems the best thing to do would be just forget the labels and buy whatever is on sale!

The fact is – buying a particular type or brand of toothpaste is usually not as important as how you brush and how often you do so.  However, if you’re interested, here is a quick run-down.

Tartar control toothpaste: Tartar is calcified plaque which naturally forms on your teeth and can wreak  havoc on both your teeth and gums.  While tartar control toothpaste has been shown to reduce the formation of new tartar deposits, it still won’t remove existing ones and does nothing to prevent these formations where they are the most dangerous – underneath the gum line.

Paste vs.gel: No significant difference here;  it’s more of a personal preference. However, it has been thought gels can cause a higher occurrence of cancre sores mostly because  have they have a higher level of SLS  or sodium laurel sulfate which is used to make the toothpaste foam.

Desensitizing toothpaste: These pastes have ingredients in them which block the small tube-like channels in the root surfaces that connect to the nerve tissue inside of your teeth. If you have exposed roots due to gum recession or teeth that are generally sensitive to hot and cold, this may be a good solution for you. But please be patient – it takes 4 to 6 weeks for the “magic” to kick in.

Whitening pastes:  The abrasives in these products may reduce surface stains, but they do little to treat the actual yellowing of teeth from the inside.  The good news is that most teeth can be whitened with the right treatment. Be sure to ask us what the proper whitening method is for you.

“Gum Care” toothpaste:  Studies have shown these to be questionable at best, and they may not be as valuable as standard toothpastes in preventing cavities.

Expensive or bargain brand?  The good news, price doesn’t seem to be related to effectiveness when choosing a toothpaste.  Actually, very recently, Consumer Reports magazine rated an expensive paste near the bottom of their list with bargain basement brand Ultra-Brite near the top in several categories!

So which brand should you use?

Most studies are fairly inconclusive on this one. Your best bet is always a brand that contains fluoride and has the American Dental Association seal of approval. And if that brand happens to be on sale – all the better!!

In the end, the most important thing is to brush often (morning,bedtime, and if possible, after every meal), use a soft brush, try to reach every surface of every tooth, and spend two minutes doing so.

The proper technique is important as well, and we will be glad to demonstrate this to you at your next visit to Dr. Robert C.Malenius and Associates! If you have any more questions or would like to set up a visit, please give us a call at 630-668-6180. W e are here to help you!

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Great Article by Mary Otto, Shedding light on the link between periodontitis, diabetes, CVD, and more

February 29, 2012
By Mary Otto, contributing writer

After more than three decades spent exploring the connections between periodontal disease and other diseases and health conditions, Robert Genco, DDS, PhD, believes he’s got the big picture.

He sees periodontal disease as synergistically bound together with a set of other afflictions, including diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease (CVD) — disorders that burden and kill millions of Americans.

“There’s a term for that,” he said. “It’s a syndemic.”

The tie that binds them? “Systemic inflammation is a reasonable hypothesis,” said Dr. Genco, a distinguished professor of oral biology and microbiology at the University at Buffalo.

Other researchers are more cautious in their assessments. Yet even with much still unknown, systemic inflammation may become the tie that also finally binds oral health professionals to physicians, nurses, and pharmacists.

There’s a term for that too. It’s “interprofessional patient care,” said Anthony Iacopino, DMD, PhD, the dean of the University of Manitoba Faculty of Dentistry and the director of the International Centre for Oral-Systemic Health. Across the health professions, caregivers are recognizing the importance of addressing inflammation. And that includes periodontal disease.

“That’s where the oral health community comes in,” Dr. Iacopino said. “For dentists and hygienists, that’s where the rubber meets the road.”

Underlying mechanisms

Meanwhile, major insurers also are beginning to look at the mouth as part of the body, said Robert Compton, DDS, vice president of quality management for DentaQuest, which administers dental benefits for more than 15 million people across the U.S. They see periodontal care paying off in lower risk scores and medical costs for patients coping with diseases such as diabetes.

“I think the industry as a whole is starting to recognize these connections,” Dr. Compton said.

But science moves slowly. Researchers have been probing the associations for years. And on their way to discovering the truth, they have needed to negotiate a host of complex causations, shared risk factors, and study biases that may distort findings. One ongoing debate, over periodontal treatments and pregnancy outcomes, is a case in point.

Research funded by the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) is aimed at continuing to advance the understanding of mechanisms that may link periodontal disease to other diseases, as well as determining the risk reduction that may be afforded by specific periodontal treatments.

“The NIDCR is committed to supporting well-designed clinical research projects. This includes studies that demonstrate the importance of oral health to overall health and individuals’ quality of life,” said Jane Atkinson, DDS, the NIDCR’s director for clinical research.

There is much left to know. Work goes forward, she said, particularly in learning about relationships between periodontal disease and three major disorders.

“The associations of periodontal disease and diabetes, periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease, and periodontal disease and pregnancy outcomes have been studied intensely in the last 15 to 20 years,” Dr. Atkinson said. “Periodontal disease is a recognized complication of diabetes.”

Back to the beginnings

Some of Dr. Genco’s landmark work helped establish that key recognition. His research got a humble start in 1981, in a trailer clinic on the Gila River Indian Community in central Arizona.

He was there at the request of what was then known as the National Institute of Dental Research, now the NIDCR. Diabetes was rampant in the community and so was periodontal disease. Following 3,600 Pima Indians over time, Dr. Genco pondered the question “Are people more likely to have periodontal disease if they also have diabetes?”

“The answer is overwhelmingly yes,” he and colleagues concluded.

The rate of periodontal disease in the Pima people with type 2 diabetes was 2.6 times that observed in those without the condition. Although periodontal disease was common in Pima Indians without diabetes, in whom most of the incident cases occurred, diabetes clearly conferred a substantially increased risk, Dr. Genco and his team found (Diabetes Care, August 1990, Vol. 13:8, pp. 836-840).

The finding that periodontal disease is a complication of diabetes has been borne out since by studies in other populations (Journal of the American Dental Association [JADA], October 2008, Vol. 139:suppl 5, pp. 19S-24S).

The connections are still not completely understood, yet to many researchers the double-edged sword of the body’s inflammatory response seems central. In response to a periodontal infection, the immune system launches its defense, in the form of macrophages and proinflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α). These inflammation-heightening proteins are essential to fighting disease. But when inflammation persists and becomes chronic, it can also cause harm, destroying tissue and bone and also setting off what Dr. Genco characterizes as a cascade of other effects.

He and others have found the degree of hyperglycemia, or high blood sugar, relates to the severity of periodontal disease. And they point to growing evidence that there is a two-way relationship between diabetes and periodontal disease. Not only are people with diabetes more likely to suffer from periodontal disease, but periodontal inflammation seems to complicate the control of blood sugar levels.

Dr. Genco believes that the cytokines responding to periodontal disease “spill out into the blood and cause the body to be resistant to insulin,” inhibiting the ability to process sugars. Some studies have found periodontal treatments have been followed by improved glycemic control (Journal of Periodontology, August 2006, Vol. 77:8, pp. 1289-1303).

Dr. Genco, who serves as a member of the dental clinical advisory panel for insurance giant Cigna, helped lead a three-year study that last year concluded that periodontal treatment may help reduce medical costs for patients with diabetes. He is confident enough to put it this way: “If you reduce the periodontal infection, you reduce the whole process. The blood sugar goes down.”

Others are more guarded. A 2010 review of 690 papers and seven studies, conducted by researchers at the University of Edinburgh, found that the treatment of periodontal disease in patients with type 2 diabetes may be reflected in lower hemoglobin HbA1c levels, indicating long-term control of blood glucose (Cochrane Database of Systemic Reviews, May 12, 2010, Issue 5: CD004714).

The Edinburgh team concluded that not enough evidence was available to support the benefit for those with type 1 diabetes.

More large, carefully controlled studies are needed to understand the overall potential of periodontal treatment to improve glycemic control, the researchers said. They stressed that findings cast an important light upon a connection that patients and healthcare providers do not always make.

“It would be wise to advise patients of the relationship between treating periodontal disease and the possibility of lowering their blood sugar levels,” said lead author Terry Simpson, an honorary research fellow at the University of Edinburgh, when the study was released.

Now an NIH-funded multicenter randomized single-masked clinical trial is testing the effect of nonsurgical treatments such as scaling, root planing, and supportive periodontal therapy upon the glycosylated hemoglobin levels of subjects with type 2 diabetes.

Beyond diabetes

For his part, Dr. Genco has gone on to explore the possible place of periodontal disease in a much larger systemic field.

He and colleagues, drawing upon their own data and that of many other researchers, assembled an “informational mosaic” suggesting a three-way relationship among periodontal disease, diabetes, and obesity (Journal of Periodontology, November 2005, Vol. 76:11-s, pp. 2075-2084). Again, the workings of the inflammatory response were central to the connections they saw, with excessive fat cells playing a central role in secreting TNF-α and interleukin-6 (IL-6), an immune protein that also causes inflammation.

Likewise, researchers at the Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine also have focused upon fat, investigating possible relationships among inflammation, diabetes, periodontal disease, and obesity. In a paper published online on October 20, 2011, in the Journal of Periodontology, they described the results of a pilot study involving 31 obese people with chronic periodontal disease.

Half the group underwent gastric bypass surgery, had fat cells from the abdomen removed, and had periodontal treatments. Those patients fared better than others in a control group who had the periodontal treatments but did not have gastric bypass surgery or abdominal fat cells removed.

The majority of those who underwent surgery had a drop in glucose levels after the procedure, a result that bodes well for overweight people predisposed to diabetes and insulin-related problems, the researchers noted.

The researchers offered two hypotheses to explain the outcome. One related to the reduction of the leptin hormone that regulates appetite and has been linked to inflammation by increasing the production of cytokines and C-reactive protein, also linked to inflammation.

The other hypothesis involved the workings of excessive fat cells, which the researchers speculated might secrete more cytokines, making insulin more resistant to performing its function.

Inflammation and cardiovascular disease

The way Dr. Genco sees it, the cascade of inflammatory response also ties cardiovascular disease into the same syndemic of interlocking disorders.

“You can see how periodontal disease and obesity are related to diabetes, and how diabetes is related to heart disease,” he said.

But Kaumudi Joshipura, BDS, ScD, needs to see more proof. As an adjunct professor of epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health and the director of the Center for Clinical Research and Health Promotion at the University of Puerto Rico School of Dental Medicine, she also has done important work researching periodontal disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and obesity and their relationships.

“There is that potential connection,” she said. “I tend to be more conservative.”

Research into the possible links between periodontal disease and cardiovascular disease is particularly challenging. Large-scale research is expensive, both diseases take years to develop, and they share many risk factors, including smoking, aging, gender (males are more likely to suffer from both diseases), low-fiber diet, and a sedentary lifestyle, she said.

“Just about everything that makes you susceptible to cardiovascular disease makes you susceptible to periodontal disease,” Dr. Joshipura said. “It’s very complex.”

Amol Ashok Bahekar, MD, studies his patients’ diseased gums while he is treating their diseased hearts and wonders about the complexities too.

“Studies show there is definitely some association there,” said Dr. Bahekar, a cardiology fellow at Chicago’s Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. But like Dr. Joshipura, he is cautious in speaking about them.

In 2007, he conducted a meta-analysis that concluded that both the prevalence and incidence of coronary heart disease are significantly increased in individuals with periodontal disease (American Heart Journal, November 2007, Vol. 154:5, pp. 830-837).

His study, based upon research involving tens of thousands of patients, supported the idea that periodontal disease may be a risk factor for coronary heart disease.

“I think periodontal disease contributes to it to a certain extent,” Dr. Bahekar said. He’s glad he spent those months conducting the meta-analysis.

“It made my mind more clear,” he noted. “But it’s still very preliminary.”

Periodontal pathogens have been identified in plaques that narrow coronary arteries. The release of bacteria and pro-inflammatory mediators such as cytokines into the bloodstream lead to increased inflammation in atherosclerotic lesions, a process that may represent the link between periodontal disease and CVD, some researchers suggest.

In 2010, a large international study found that people with a significant burden of periodontal bacteria are more than three times as likely to have hypertension as those with low-level bacteria (Journal of Hypertension, July 2010, Vol. 28:7, pp. 1413-1421).

And last year, researchers who led a study involving 621 subjects in Brazil announced at the March 2011 International Association for Dental Research meeting that they had found that patients with periodontal disease faced increased chances of presenting with acute myocardial infarction.

Future large studies may provide a clearer picture.

“What we need is not a randomized trial but a prospective cohort study,” Dr. Bahekar said.

In the meantime, what do oral health professionals tell their patients?

Dr. Iacopino put it this way: “It’s too soon to say, ‘If you keep your mouth clean, you won’t have a heart attack.’ ” But, he added, “If you don’t keep your mouth clean, your burden of systemic inflammation will be higher. The inflammation doesn’t stay in your mouth. It gets into your body.”

Living with uncertainty

In related research, scientists from the New York University College of Dentistry announced in 2010 they had found evidence that periodontal disease may increase the risk of cognitive dysfunction associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Periodontal disease and edentulism have also been independently associated with kidney disease, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University (American Journal of Kidney Diseases, January 2008, Vol. 51:1, pp. 45-52).

Last fall, a bacterium associated with the development of periodontal disease was detected in colon cancer by scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Broad Institute (Genome Research, October 18, 2011). Such findings call for further research, senior study author Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, said at the time.

Likewise, studies into the possible effects of periodontal treatment on other diseases and conditions raise further questions. Witness the ongoing debate over the impact periodontal therapy may have in reducing preterm births. For years, periodontal disease has been associated with an increased risk of preterm births, and researchers have suggested a causal connection may exist, with pathogens or cytokines originating in the periodontal infection possibly affecting embryonic tissue or amniotic fluid.

Many studies have looked at the potential benefits of periodontal treatments upon pregnancy outcomes, with some trials finding benefits, and others failing to find them.

Then a systematic review and meta-analysis published in 2010 by the British Medical Journal (BMJ, December 2010, Vol. 341, c7017) and a critical summary of the meta-analysis published in 2011 in JADA (October 2011, Vol. 142:10, pp. 1192-1193) weighed the evidence. Both concluded that scaling and root planing had no significant impact upon the incidence of preterm births.

In the BMJ meta-analysis, researchers looked at 11 randomized control trials with 6,558 pregnant women. Five of the trials were considered to be of high methodological quality with a low risk of bias, and the rest were judged to be of low quality with a high or unclear risk of bias. The BMJ authors found that the low-quality trials supported the beneficial effect of treatment while the high-quality trials did not.

Women may be advised to have periodontal exams and treatment during pregnancy, but should be told that such treatment is unlikely to reduce the risk of preterm birth, they concluded.

In her critical analysis of the BMJ study, published in JADA, Lorena Baccaglini, DDS, PhD, an assistant professor in the department of community dentistry and behavioral science at the University of Florida College of Dentistry, agreed with the findings.

But the findings were contested by others, including Marjorie Jeffcoat, DMD, a professor and dean emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine, whose research found a reduction in preterm births among women who had periodontal treatments. She called for more research.

In the January 2012 issue of JADA, an animated discussion of the topic continued. Stephanie C. Rose, DMD, of Portland, OR, contended in a letter to the editor that periodontal treatments to remove the source of the infection were not enough to improve pregnancy outcomes because they did not address the host’s immune response and increased systemic inflammation.

“Periodontal disease is just a sign of a much bigger process that is adversely affecting the pregnancy,” Dr. Rose wrote.

In a response, Dr. Baccaglini thanked Dr. Rose for her cautionary words and offered her own thoughts about the ability of randomized trials and meta-analyses to show evidence of causal associations — when they exist.

“The bottom line is that after several research studies and thousands of women, there still is no convincing evidence that dentists can improve pregnancy outcomes through scaling and root planing,” Dr. Baccaglini wrote.

In an interview with, Dr. Baccaglini added further thoughts on the importance of precision in interpreting science.

“This is not talking about whether in pregnancy people should have their teeth cleaned,” she said. “There may be other good reasons for doing it. But reducing the chances for preterm birth is, according to this research, not among them. We have to think twice before we say, ‘You’ll have a baby if you clean your teeth.’ “

Grandma’s Nuts

February 29, 2012
   Danny is out with his friends and stops by his grandmother’s house for a visit.
 There’s a bowl of peanuts on the coffee table.
So Danny and his friends start snacking on them.
When they’re ready to leave, his friends say, “Nice  to meet you, ma’am,  And thank you for the peanuts.”
 Then Grandma says,
“You’re  welcome.
Eat all you want…ever since I lost my dentures,
 all I can do is suck the chocolate off ’em.”
1:49 PM (1 hour ago)

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Beware Of Valentine’s Day

February 8, 2012

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and you may be getting ready for some big fat kisses to come your way.

So even though at the office of Dr. Malenius and Davis we’re concerned about cavities, gum disease, bad breath and lots of saliva, we won’t use this month’s blog entry to gross you out about kissing. But we will tell you some interesting facts that you can tell your kissing partner right after they smack one on you!!

Anthropologists have argued for years about the origin of kissing. Many now believe that it has evolved from the timewhen mothers chewed food for their babies and then went mouth to mouth at feeding time. (Well, okay-we mightgross you out a little bit!) This action became so comforting to babies that the habit continued even after they could chew for themselves, and then developed into a sign of affection.

Nowadays kisses aren’t just about romantic love. Of course parents kiss their children. Worshipper-s-often kiss religious artifacts. Some people kiss the ground when exiting an airplane. And who doesn’t want to have a “boo boo” kissed when they get a bruise?

But February 14th is a day for the romantic kind of kiss, and if you are craving one, there may be a scientific reason.

While this action can promote a psychological response of warmth and affection, it also causes your brain to secretesome important and productive chemicals, such as:

  • Oxytocin, which helps people develop feelings of attachment, devotion and affection for one another
  • Dopamine, which plays a role in the brain’s processing of emotions, pleasure and pain
  • Serotonin, which affects a person’s mood and feelings
  • Adrenaline, which increases heart rate and plays a role in your body’s fight-or-flight response

But along with that, when you kiss, hundreds or even millions of bacterial colonies are transported from one mouth to the other. And let’s face it- no one wants to kiss a person who has poor oral hygiene, bad breath, or just a generally yucky mouth. So let’s start with the basics:

• Make sure you brush at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste• Floss once per day – if you have trouble flossing or are not sure how, please ask! We’ll be glad to show you the


• Avoid sugary and acid-laden foods such as soft drinks, sports drinks, and candy. (Okay – we won’t tell      anyone ifyou have a tiny bit of candy on Valentine’s Day!)

• Eat a well balanced diet including lean proteins, healthy fats, fruits and vegetables, nuts and fiber.

• If you need to slip in a piece of gum or breath mint, make sure it contains Xylitol, which has been proven to reduce tooth decay.

• Drink plenty of water! This helps to rinse away food particles, and staying hydrated is good for fresh clean breath.

• See you dentist on a regular basis and call immediately if you suspect there are any problems with your oral condition.

At our office, we want you to have a kissable February 14th and a lifetime of excellent dental health. If you have any questions or need to set up an appointment, please give us a call at 1-630-668-6180. We are here for you!

The Sahara Desert And Your Mouth?

June 6, 2011

Do you ever feel like your mouth and The Sahara Desert have something in common?

If so, you are not alone. Over 25 million Americans suffer from dry mouth. And it’s not just the discomfort of dry mouth (called “xerostomia” by dentists) that is the problem; it is often accompanied by trouble chewing and swallowing, difficulty in speaking, a rise in dental cavities and gum disease, and most noticeably to some, bad breath. If people act like there is a fire drill taking place every time you open your mouth, this could be the culprit!

So why do so many of us have what is often referred to as “cottonmouth?”

According to The Food and Drug Administration, over 400 medications, both prescription and over-the-counter, can lead to dry mouth. It’s also caused by mouth breathing, dehydration (drink your water!!), and lack of salivary flow due to aging. In rare instances, dry mouth may be caused by an underlying serious disease – so it is not something to take lightly.

Of course our good old friends (actually enemies) – excessive alcohol consumption and smoking are among the leading causes of this problem, so if you need another reason to put away the cigarettes for good and cut down on the booze, now is a great time!

There are several things you can do to help reduce the symptoms of dry mouth, including:

  • Chewing a sugar-free gum containing Xylitol
  • Drinking plenty of water
  • Breathing through your nose instead of your mouth (easier said than done!)
  • Frequent brushing and rinsing with a fluoride toothpaste and mouth rinse
  • Using a room vaporizer to humidify the air in your home
  • Using an over-the-counter saliva substitute

Since dry mouth can also be a sign of a serious illness AND cause and increase in cavities and gum disease, excellent oral hygiene and regular dental visits are a must. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call us immediately at 630-668-6180 for an appointment or visit our website at Your health is important to us and we are here to help you.


May 19, 2011

We’ve all seen Steve Martin’s crazy sadistic dental performance in the movie  Little Shop of Horrors or heard a friend’s over-inflated version of a bad office visit (usually involving a root canal), but going to the dentist these days really isn’t scary! With all the modem technology and advanced techniques available, a dental visit can be not just painless but actually relaxing! Right? Right!

Like it or not, most of us go to the dentist routinely to keep our teeth and gums healthy because it’s what we’re supposed to do, not because it’s a favorite activity. But did you know that seventy-five percent of the population experience some sort of dental fear and fifteen percent actually avoid going to the dentist altogether due to severe anxiety? Infrequent dental visits or total avoidance can cause severe health problems, even heart disease. This can be a serious problem.

Here at Dr. Malenius and Associates, we take this issue very seriously. We want to make each visit to the dentist as comfortable and stress free as possible. That’s why we do everything we can to soothe and relax you from the minute you walk in the door. We have stereo headphones that let you choose your own music and drown out the background noise. Our up-to-date anesthesia techniques make dental treatment incredibly comfortable. The high-tech laser we use for some procedures can make injections and drilling a thing of the past. And if necessary, we even offer Nitrous Oxide sedation to help you through your visit with less anxiety.

We feel your dental health is so important that we take these extra steps to help you stay as healthy as possible and to make each visit a stress free one. When you leave our office, we are committed to making you smile in every way.

Please give us a call at 630-668-6180 to schedule your next appointment. With your comfort in mind, we will make sure that every visit is a great one!

Malpractice is driving doctors to more fullfilling careers!!! A JOKE

June 22, 2010
A gynecologist had become fed up with malpractice insurance and HMO paperwork, and was burned out. Hoping to try another career where skillful hands would be beneficial, he decided to become a mechanic. He went to the local technical college, signed up for evening classes, attended diligently, and learned all he could.
When the time of the practical exam approached, the gynecologist prepared carefully for weeks, and completed the exam with tremendous skill. When the results came back, he was surprised to find that he had obtained a score of 150%. Fearing an error, he called the Instructor, saying, “I don’t want to appear ungrateful for such an outstanding result, but I wonder if there is an error in the grade?”
“The instructor said, “During the exam, you took the engine apart perfectly, which was worth 50% of the total mark. You put the engine back together again perfectly, which is also worth 50% of the mark.” After a pause, the instructor added, “I gave you an extra 50% because you did it all through the muffler, which I’ve never seen done in my entire career”.

Robin Williams is often nuttier than peanut butter but this makes sense

June 22, 2010
The Plan!

Robin Williams, wearing a shirt that says,
‘I love  New York  ‘ in Arabic.

You gotta love Robin Williams….

Even if he’s nuts!
Leave it to Robin Williams to come up with the perfect plan. What we need now is for our UN Ambassador to stand up and repeat this message.

Robin Williams’ plan…

(Hard to argue with this logic!)

‘I see a lot of people yelling for peace, but I have not heard of a plan for peace.
So, here’s one plan.’

1) ‘The US will apologize to the world for our ‘interference’ in their affairs, past & present. You know, Hitler, Mussolini, Stalin, Tojo, Noriega, Milosevic, Hussein, and the rest of those ‘good ‘ole’ boys’, we will never ‘interfere’ again.

2) We will withdraw our troops from all over the world, starting with  Germany  ,  South Korea  , the  Middle East , and thePhilippines . They don’t want us there.
We would station troops at our borders.
No one allowed sneaking through holes in the fence.

3) All illegal aliens have 90 days to get their affairs together and leave. We’ll give them a free trip home. After 90 days, the remainder will be gathered up and deported immediately, regardless of whom or where they are. They’re illegal!!!
France will welcome them.

4) All future visitors will be thoroughly checked and limited to 90 days, unless given a special permit!!!! No one from a terrorist nation will be allowed in.. If you don’t like it there, change it yourself and don’t hide here. Asylum would never be available to anyone. We don’t need any more cab drivers or 7-11 cashiers.

5) No foreign ‘students’ over age 21. The older ones are the bombers. If they don’t attend classes, they get a ‘D’ and it’s back home baby.

6) The US will make a strong effort to become self-sufficient energy wise. This will include developing nonpolluting sources of energy but will require a temporary drilling of oil in the Alaskan wilderness.
The caribou will have to cope for a while

7) Offer  Saudi Arabia  and other oil producing countries $10 a barrel for their oil. If they don’t like it, we go someplace else. They can go somewhere else to sell their production. (About a week of the wells filling up the storage sites would be enough.)

8) If there is a famine or other natural catastrophe in the world, we will not ‘interfere.’ They can pray to Allah or whomever, for seeds, rain, cement or whatever they need. Besides most of what we give them is stolen or given to the army. The people who need it most get very little, if anything.

9) Ship the UN Headquarters to an isolated island someplace. We don’t need the spies and fair weather friends here. Besides, the building would make a good homeless shelter or lockup for illegal aliens.

10) All Americans must go to charm and beauty school.. That way, no one can call us ‘Ugly Americans’ any longer.
The Language we speak is ENGLISH… learn it… or LEAVE…

Now, isn’t that a winner of a plan?

‘The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying ‘Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses.’
She’s got a baseball bat and she’s yelling, ‘You want a piece of me?’

If you agree with the above, forward it to friends… If not, and I would be amazed, DELETE it!!