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By drmalenius
October 31, 2011
Category: Dental Decay
Tags: Alternative Treats  

Any day now we'll be putting on funny costumes, acting a little crazy and eating all kinds of stuff that we shouldn't. And that's just the adults! For kids, Halloween can be a fantastic time to have fun and be creative. But unfortunately when all those sticky sugary candies are Involved, it can be a dental disaster.

The good news is, Halloween and dental health can mix if you just take a few simple precautions. Here are our suggestions to make Halloween 2010 a success without the cavities!

Let your kids know that even though they may come home with a sack full of goodies, there still are some rules to let them both enjoy the treats and keep their bodies healthy.

1)   Don't allow them to overeat. A few pieces of candy each day for a few days is much better than an all-out engorgement. And if they bring home hundreds of pieces, everyone can feel good about donating much of it to a local food bank.

2)   Avoid the really "sticky" stuff like taffy and caramel corn. This is difficult to remove from the tooth surfaces and can actually damage teeth permanently.

3)    Make sure that your kids are brushing three times per day for at least one minute per session. Before bed and after eating candy are "must-brush" times.

4)    Encourage flossing to remove the sticky stuff from between the teeth. If you or your kids aren't sure how to properly floss, we will gladly give you a lesson! It's very easy to do once you know how.

5)   Have your kids use a fluoride rinse before bedtime. If you're not sure which is the right one for your child's age, please ask us.

6)   If your children will be eating candy as they are out trick-or-treating, make sure that they take a small bottle or container of water with them. Rinsing and swishing or even taking small sips of water right after eating candy can prevent things from sticking.

Have you considered taking a different route than giving out traditional candy when your doorbell rings? Not only will you differentiate yourself from everyone else on the block, you will be helping your community's dental heath! Here are a few suggestions from about.comfor things to give out other than candy:

•     Sugar-free gum

•     Vampire teeth

•     Halloween stickers

•     Party favor sunglasses

•     Small cans of PlayDoh

•     Noisemakers

•     Pencils with Halloween erasers

•     Halloween bouncy balls

•     Temporary tattoos

•     Small bottles of bubbles

Be creative! The "Dollar Store" is typically full of fun stuff that kids will love without damaging their teeth.

So have fun, enjoy this great time with your family, and do something scary - as long as it doesn't involve giving kid's cavities!!

If you have any questions about how to keep your teeth or your children's teeth healthy during Halloween or any other time, feel free to give us a call at 1-630-668-6180. We're here to help you!!

By drmalenius
September 11, 2011
Category: Dental Decay

 In 1965 James Brown sang “It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” A few years earlier Harry Belafonte sang to us “That’s right – the women are smarter!” So who is right when it comes to dental health?

 It turns out one group is more likely to have healthier gums, less plaque and tartar build-up, fewer areas of bleeding gums, and lower incidents of gum disease. This group also is twice as likely to schedule regular dental check-ups and is much better at following through with treatment recommended by their dentist.

 To top it off, they have a better understanding of oral health and a more positive attitude about visiting the dentist! So just who are these dental superstars?

According to the Journal Of Periodontology, a professional journal which publishes articles on gum disease – it’s the “fairer sex” who has the advantage when it comes to dental health. Maybe it’s true that “the women are smarter!”

 So does that mean females are less likely to have cavities, gum disease, tooth loss, and stinky breath? Sorry guys – the answer is yes.

 The good news is – it seems to have nothing to do with genetics or the fact that women and men have a different chromosomal arrangement. It is purely because women take better care of their teeth and gums and see their dentists more regularly.

 So how about it guys? It’s time to “get on the stick” – or at least the toothbrush. Start taking better care of your teeth and gums, and be sure to give us a call at 1-630-668-6180 to schedule your next appointment! And women – keep up the good work!

 At Dr. Robert Malenius and Associates we care about ALL of our patients – men and women! We are always here for you to answer any questions you should have about your dental health. Give us a call today!