Posts for: September, 2013
Ten Foods That Are Good For Your Teeth!
We all hear about foods that are bad for your teeth! Sticky sweets and sugar-laden sodas can wreak havoc with your pearly whites. But did you know there are also foods that are good for your teeth and gums? Here is a list of dentally healthy things to chomp on, courtesy of your friends at Dr. Malenius’ office!
1. Cheese Maybe there's a reason that when we "say cheese" it's time to smile! With high levels of phosphate and calcium, cheese promotes healthy teeth, balances the oral ph, and can destroy bacteria that cause cavities and gum disease.
2. Dairy products Other than cheese, milk and yogurt are rich in calcium and low in acidity - both positive things for your teeth and gums.
3. Green tea This delicious drink is an anti-oxidant soup which prevents plaque from accumulating on your teeth, reducing cavities and bad breath. Just take it easy on the added sugar and honey!
4. Kiwi Most fruits are loaded with Vitamin C, and eating them raw can give your gums a good healthy massage as well. Kiwis are exceptionally high in C, which can increase the collagen in your gums and make them stronger.
5. Onions Sure - raw onions can make your breath pretty smelly. But the sulfur compounds that contribute to temporary bad breath also kill dangerous bacteria that harm the teeth. Brush, floss and rinse after you eat them, or better yet - make sure your kissing partner eats them too!
6. Celery Eat plenty of celery and you may not have to stalk your dentist as much! Raw celery massages your gums, and can increase the production of healthy saliva.
7. Sesame seeds These little wonders actually can scrape plaque from your teeth and are packed with tooth-strengthening calcium. The bleached white flour bagel they are often attached to - that's a different story.
8. Sweet potato These beauties are loaded with Vitamin A, and are especially good for babies whose teeth are developing. An orange nose is an added bonus!
9. Shiitake mushrooms Believe it or not, these tasty fungi often found in Asian foods contain a sugar that prevents plaque from forming on your teeth.
10. Water There's a reason water is called "the gift of life," and you would be hard pressed to find a healthy foods list without it. Dentally speaking, water keeps your mouth hydrated, cleans and rinses your teeth and gums, stimulates saliva production, and can dislodge trapped food particles.
As great as these foods are, there is much more to healthy teeth and gums than loading up on celery, cheese and water! If it is time for your regular dental examination and cleaning, or if you have any questions at all about your dental health, we are here for you! Please give us a call at 630-668-6180.My Blog Posts
What's Your Excuse?
At Dr. Robert Malenius and Associates, we cannot even tell you how many times we've heard people say things like....
"I've been meaning to make an appointment but I just haven't gotten around to it."
With that in mind, here are some of the most frequent excuses people have for not visiting the dentist.
• Going to the dentist is too expensive!
Actually, the opposite is true! While quality health care certainly can be costly, the investment in preventive dental procedures such as cleanings, exams and necessary x-rays can save thousands, if not tens of thousands of dollars in more extensive treatment later. The sooner you go, the less it will cost!
• Dental appointments are uncomfortable!
While a dental visit may not be as much fun as a night at the movies, it's not as difficult as it was decades ago. Modern anesthetics and dental techniques have made a trip to the dentist more pleasant than ever before. Express your concerns to your dentist and chances are she or he will have a solution. If you don't think your dental team is doing all they can for your comfort, it may be time to find one who does!
• I'm not in any pain so I don't need to go!
Even if you take fantastic care of your teeth and gums, waiting until you have pain means you waited too long! Early cavities and gum disease are painless. Waiting for symptoms can lead to complicated expensive treatment and even tooth loss!
At Dr. Robert Malenius and Assoiates, we value the importance of regular dental examinations and preventive cleanings. Our goal is to make your dental treatment as comfortable and cost-efficient as possible, and to help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to make an appointment, please give us a call at630-668-6180. We're here for you!
And if you aren't making any of these excuses, please feel free to forward this to someone who is. You'll be doing them a huge favor!!
What Do Men and Women Want?
It may be a first date or it may be a long-term relationship, but whatever the goal, young men and women have clearly stated what the "must-haves" are. Here are necessary attributes when it comes to initial attractiveness.
Recently a survey was done of over 5,000 single adults, and the results were very surprising!
Fortunately ,trust and respect both ranked as essential elements in a potential partner. But before you can even get that far, close to half of the people surveyed claim they research someone online before meeting them, with 38% saying they would cancel the date if theydidn't like what they found!
Perhaps the most interesting part of the survey involved what others are judged on. The results differed for men and women, with women ranking their date's clothing (58%) over hair (53%), and vice versa for men (51% for hair vs. 45% for clothes).
Fortunately, at the bottom of the list, only 9% judge others on the electronic device they carry. And towards the top for both sexes came grammar - so watch what you say!!
But least surprising (to us anyway) was the fact that the number one thing both sexes look at when sizing up their dates are.....teeth!
According to one very wise survey participant,"Taking care of your teeth is a good indicator of hygiene." How true!
Anthropologist Helen Fisher, a professor at Rutgers University, agrees. She says "From a Darwinian perspective, good teeth are a real indication of your health - how much you drink, smoke, and what you're eating." Even more so, yellow, stained, uneven and otherwise unsightly teeth can leave a first impression that is hard to change.
Whether you are single, married, dating, or not interested - a healthy attractive smile says so much about you. That's why regular preventive dental care is one of the most important things you can do for your appearance and physical well-being.
At Dr. Robert Malenius and Associates, we care about you and your smile! If you have any concerns about the appearance of your teeth or your dental health in general, we are here for you!! Whether it's a confidential smile evaluation, problems with bad breath, or a routine dental cleaning - we will be glad to see you and answer any questions you may have. Please call us today at 630-668-6180. We can help!