September is a busy month. Children are back in school with homework, sports and extracurricular activities. Tired parents, grandparents and caregivers often want to grab something quick to eat. Whether home or on the run, what is the healthiest approach to eating when stressed?
Feeling the Stress? What to Avoid!
Everyone can feel some type of stress now and then. For some people, reaching for comfort food may help to provide relief – but is it really beneficial to your health?
Studies have shown that foods high in sugar (donuts, ice cream, pastries) may provide an immediate high, but are often leave you tired and hungry. This also applies to highly processed foods (processed foods or fried foods). Foods high in salt (chips, fried foods) can leave you feeling dehydrated and bloated.
What to eat instead? Try these options:
– Craving something salty? Try avocado toast
– Need a sweet fix? Opt for dark chocolate or dark chocolate covered almonds
– Try to pack a snack or meal vs. running to a drive-through
Not only does a healthy diet benefit your overall health, but your teeth will thank you for it as well! Make a new habit to reach for nutritious snacks and meals – you will feel better and less stressed.
The start of a new school year can also signal a fresh start. It’s important to teach children the importance of their health and teach them healthy habits. Start the school year with a smile!
Here are a few tips for getting your child ready for back to school:
Ready for the First Day of School!
1) Does your child need dental health forms completed for their school record? It’s important to have their annual exam and cleanings, but also to make sure their health is up to date with their school.
Tools for a Healthy Smile
2) New toothbrush = new start to school. In addition to new pencils and notebooks, don’t forget the oral health aisle.
Strong Smiles Need Guards
3) Does your child need a sport guard (or get fitted for a new sport guard) for their upcoming fall sport?
Healthy Snacks are Colorful
4) Stock up on healthy snacks and lunch items to pack in your child’s lunchbox. Instead of potato chips, stock up on dried fruit and veggies which can easily be stored.
Frankel Dentistry is known for having terrific staff. The caring, family feel is contagious from the minute you walk in to the moment you leave. We thought you might like to get to know this dental family better.
We asked a few questions of our Frankel Staff to share with you.
Name: Kenyetta Lee
Brief Description of your position.
Why did you chose your career?
I am a people person. I want to make people feel and be better. Also, for some strange reason I like teeth!
Why do you love Frankel Dentistry?
You are not just a number or a person. At Frankel Dentistry you are considered family.
What is your favorite recipe?
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
What is your favorite snack on the go?
What is your favorite local restaurant?
What is your favorite way to exercise?
Do you have a hidden talent? If so what is it?
I am an empath. I love to make people feel comfortable especially when they are upset.
What is your dream vacation?
What is your favorite leisure activity?
Watching movies at the theater.
If you had a power, what would it be?
If you could relive any day in the past, what would it be?
The day my extended family went to the Ohio State Fair. I was 12 years old.
Your oral health care needs change as you get older. When children become teenagers, they face different issues than when they were younger. By the teenage years, a teen has lost all of his/her “baby” teeth and the adult teeth have made their stay.
In addition to going through puberty, teens also face some oral health changes:
1) Braces – everyone wants a smile that is full of straight teeth. Braces may be a good option for teens to explore.
2) Bothersome wisdom teeth – these teeth or “third molars” can be an issue as teens get older. They may cause pain and need to be removed.
3) Bad Breath – changes in your oral health routine may make a difference – including brushing with an electric toothbrush, flossing daily and adding a mouth wash. Tonsils made need to be checked as well.
The best advice you can give your teen is to adhere to a strong oral health routine and to make sure they attend their regular cleanings. Teenage years are one to smile and laugh a lot, so teens should never feel embarrassed or ashamed of their teeth. Our office is here to discuss all of your options, so you can be proud of your smile.
How do you know if a dentist is right for you? Ask around. What if you have a small social circle or just moved to an area? Check out the reviews!
Frankel Dentistry has been Changing Lives a Smile at a Time since 1946. A long-standing commitment to offering the best dental experience can be seen in the patient reviews.
Jonathan Frankel, D.D.S. Toledo, Ohio
I go every 6 months for my routine dental cleaning!! I absolutely love the staff. Everyone is so nice and Welcoming!! So the girl that cleaned my teeth that day did an awesome job and my smile looked so white, fresh and clean. When the doctor came to talk to me, he was a very nice man. He explained everything to me and answered all my questions and made me feel at ease!! I love coming to the dentist now because I go to Dr. Frankel’s office!!
I absolutely love coming to my appointments! The Dr. Frankel, Dr. D and the whole staff is great! For the first time in a very long time, I love going to the dentist. I leave feeling great and knowing I’m in good hands.
My daughter said the staff was very friendly and were very patient with her. She loves Frankel dentistry and would be more than glad to give you guys the thumbs up. Thank you so much.
So happy with the service and quality of dental services at Frankel!! My daughter was very self conscious about her smile and Frankel is all about the cosmetic appearance. They completely understood and worked magic. Now she’s confident with her smile and I’m so grateful to everyone at Frankel for the wonderful experience.
I despised the dentist. So much so I didn’t go for years. I regret doing that but so so happy I became a patient here. Incredibly kind, funny and make me feel more comfortable in a place that makes me cringe than I ever thought possible. I legit love them there.
Keeping your child’s mouth healthy is crucial to their total body health. As parent’s and caregivers, we need to take them to the dentist for their required exams and cleanings, ensure they receive a balanced, healthy diet, encourage a healthy lifestyle and make sure their teeth are brushed twice daily and flossed at least once a day. Children don’t need to have all of their teeth to need to start flossing.
The flossing part seems to be forgotten about by most patients. Once teeth touch each other, they need to be flossed. Sometimes it can be the front teeth and sometimes it’s just the back molars. If you are unsure, ask your dental team!
Dr. Frankel shares 5 tips on how to keep flossing part of your child’s routine from the start:
1) Floss every single night – PERIOD.
2) Decorate your box of floss with stickers to get kids engaged
3) Make a chart or visual image to help children remember that brushing and flossing goes hand-in-hand.
4) Have your child try to floss your teeth – play dentist!
5) Watch a video on how to floss teeth – try YouTube!
Patients schedule appointments for a variety of reasons including anything from a routine hygiene cleaning to a toothache. It’s important to listen to your body and never ignore or put off any signs that something is not right in your mouth. Put your health first and make the appointment – the sooner a problem is detected the better and it could save you in the long run.
Here are 12 reasons you need to see a dentist:
1) You experience pain or swelling in mouth, face or neck
2) You have inflamed gums or a history of gum disease
3) You are not proud of your smile
4) Your dental history includes fillings, crowns, bridges – this work needs to be monitored.
5) You have ongoing medical issues such as diabetes, eating disorders, cardiovascular disease or HIV positive.
6) You are pregnant – it is safe to still go to the dentist.
7) You have difficulty eating and chewing and avoid eating certain foods.
8) You suffer from dry mouth
9) You use tobacco of any form
10) You experience jaw pain
11) You notice mouth sores or spots or have been diagnosed with oral cancer.
12) Your teeth are healthy – it’s important to maintain your twice a year checkups and hygiene cleanings.