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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 a few other uses for this magical paste!


Fill wall holes.

Don’t have any spackle handy to fill in that small patch holes on the walls left by pins, nails, screws, etc.? It isn’t apermanent solution, but in a pinch, a dab of toothpaste can 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 somewhitening 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, whichcomes 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 fromfogging.

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

Which toothpaste to use? Because

toothpaste is abrasive it is helpful for

a lot of buffing uses.

That is why whitening toothpaste can also cause sensitivity 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. 


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 Malenius Dental 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."

2.      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!

3.      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.

4.      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!

5.      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!

6.      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!

7.      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!

8.      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 brushing and flossing lesson! We are here for you!

By drmalenius
June 11, 2012
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Coming soon 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!

By drmalenius
March 09, 2012
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At Dr. Robert Malenius and Associates, Drs. Malenius and Davis take dentistry very seriously. But believe it or not, teeth can be fun!


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


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!!

By drmalenius
February 09, 2012
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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!

By drmalenius
November 08, 2011
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Why In The World Do You Need To Know That?

When you come in for your dental visit, you may notice that we do a lot more than examine your teeth and gums.

One of the most important parts of your visit is when we ask you questions about your general health. But many people have said to us:

"What does that have to do with my dental check up?"

The answer - a lot!

More and more research is being published linking dental health to overall health, and at Malenius Dental we are concerned about both!

So the good news is, unlike a visit to your physician - you get to keep your clothes on and won't be poked and prodded anywhere other than your mouth! But it is extremely important that we know about your total physical health and any medications you are taking.  Why?  So we can not only save your teeth - we may actually save your life.

A According to a recent article in The British Dental Journal, it works the other way around too, as gum disease can be a contributing factor in heart disease, stroke, oral cancer, and other illnesses, such as diabetes.  Diabetes, especially when it is undiagnosed, can be ahugefactor in gum disease, eventually causing tooth loss?

A recent study by Columbia University concluded:

"Gum disease is an early complication of diabetes!" It continues:

"Since 70% of adults see a dentist at least once per year" this is a perfect opportunity to screen for diabetes and other diseases.

Many of us are now on medication.  If you are taking any medications, either prescription or over-the-counter, many of these can lead to dry mouth, gum inflammation, and other dental problems.

And it's even more complicated forwomen, hormonal changes, pregnancy, and oral contraceptives can cause many changes in dental health. (Isn't everything more complicated for women?)

If you want to know more about your dental health and how it relates to your overall health, please feel free to contact us. If you have any questions or want to schedule your next appointment, just give us a call at 1-630-668-6180. We are here for you!

By drmalenius
October 25, 2011
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Nothing says football season like a big tub of Gatorade being dumped on the winning coach at the end of a game. But for you and your kids it could be off sides and holding on your dental health.

Originally developed at The University of Florida in 1965 (and named after their sports teams — "The Gators") Gatorade was intended for athletes such as football players who endured rigorous workouts in the hot sun. But somehow this potent drink has become a staple of our popular culture, and its combination of sugars, salt and electrolytes can be anything but healthy for all but the most strenuous exercisers. The fact is, for just about all of us, including children, water remains the healthiest drink either with meals or during and after exercise.

"For most children engaging in routine physical activity, plain water is best," said Holly J. Benjamin, M.D., a member of the executive committee of the AAP Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness. "Sports drinks contain extra calories that children don't need, and could contribute to obesity and tooth decay. It's better for children to drink water during and after exercise, and to have the recommended intake of juice and low-fat milk with meals. Sports drinks are not recommended as beverages to have with meals."

Even worse are "energy drinks" —which contain huge amounts of stimulants including caffeine, guarana and taurine. Some of these drinks contain more than 500 mg of caffeine - the equivalent of 14 cans of soda!! Combine that with huge amounts of tooth rotting and obesity causing sugar, and you've got a formula for health disaster. To make things worse, some schools actually have "pouring contracts" where they are paid to promote and serve unhealthy sodas and sports drinks.

Good old fashion tap water, fortified with fluoride, not only remains the healthiest drink but it's the least expensive as well.

So please enjoy football season, but remember not to let energy drinks and sports drinks blitz the dental and overall health of you and your children.