Jon Frankel Dentistry

Category Archive: Dental Visits for Children

  1. Trick-or-Treat!

    Dr. Frankel’s Tips for a Fun Halloween

    Costume? Check. Candy? Check. Toothbrush? Check!

    It’s that time of year – millions of children will be enjoying Halloween in their costumes and going door-to-door collecting a few tricks and lots of treats!

    Although some may think Halloween is a dentist’s nightmare, there are still ways to enjoy the holiday and respect your teeth.

    Dr. Frankel’s Tips for fa Fun Halloween.

    1. Enjoy candy in moderation – your child may come home with pounds of candy in their bag. Play a game and tell them to pick out a number of pieces to eat, save and donate.
    2. Try to avoid the sticky, gummy candy which can be dangerous for your teeth and especially any fillings – opt for chocolates and especially dark chocolate!
    3. Drink water after candy is consumed to help wash away the particles.
    4. If you are passing out treats, consider passing out non-sugar treats like pretzels, popcorn or even small toys like stickers and play-doh.
    5. Brush and floss your teeth after consuming candy to help prevent tooth decay.

    Halloween is a time to create memories – help teach your children how to have fun in other ways instead of focusing on all the candy they will be receiving, such as decorating pumpkins, playing tricks and even making their own costume.

     

    Local dentist offers cash in exchange for Halloween candy

  2. Dr. Jon Frankel & Dr. Amber Puhl

    The baseball season has ended. The Toledo Mudhens won their last game. There are two Toledo dentists committed to keeping your childrens’ smiles healthy season through season. As we switch out summer sports bags for book bags, it’s a great time to check out oral health habits.

    Toledo Dentists’ Keep Parents Up on Fall Dental Care

    Summer is over and school is back in session! Back to school means getting organized and ready to start a fresh year! There will be a lot of knowledge to gain and activities to keep busy. Your student’s health should be at the top of the list – this should include physical, mental and dental health.

    Dr. Frankel and Dr. Puhl’s A-B-C’s for Back to School

    A. An Apple a Day….apples are wonderful food for your teeth and your body. (Dr. Frankel eats an organic apple every day!) Fill up on nutritious snacks at school and after school.

    B. Brush! Staying on a strict brushing schedule is very important to incorporate with your child’s school routine – aim to brush after breakfast and before bedtime.

    C. Cavity-free is the way to be! Make sure your child is up-to-date on dental exams not just for school records, but for their health.

     

    It’s important to teach children how to care for their teeth and what healthy teeth mean for their body. Has your tiny tot been to the dentist yet? Now is the time to get that appointment scheduled.

     

     

     

     

     

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    ABC, 1-2-3, Brush! 

    February is devoted to children’s dental health. As parents, caregivers and health professionals, we should be committed to educating children about the importance of oral health and the lifelong benefits.

    Here are some ways you can help promote dental health with your children:

     

    • Be involved in their brushing routine — brush together as a family to some music! 
    • Encourage healthy eating and drinking — offer water with nutritious snacks.

    • Take your child to the dentist for their checkups and cleanings.

    • Play dentist at home and talk about what happens at their visit!

    • Enjoy their smile. Talk about the importance of a beautiful, healthy smile. Take a photo. Put it where they can see it.

    • Teach them about the importance of a healthy mouth and healthy body. 

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    Got a Sweet Tooth?

    Hundreds of pounds of halloween candy is being consumed this season – do you have the will power to eat it in moderation? Before the holiday season is here, make sure to check your healthy habits and understand how all those sweets affect your teeth. It’s also very important to teach children health habits at a young age and educate them on the effects of sugar on their teeth.

    Everything we eat and drink has bacteria in it, but sugary sweets contain more bacteria. This bacteria can buildup and cause plaque. When plaque builds up and is not cared for with a good oral hygiene routine, it can cause tooth decay and cavities.

    Sugar can be enjoyed in moderation and it’s important to brush and floss your teeth after consumption. Make brushing fun and not a chore — share this video with your children and sing together!

  5. Jon Frankel Familycompressed- CopyBaby Teeth Do Matter

    February is National Children’s Dental Health Month. Children learn good habits at an early age, so it’s important to teach them how to care for their teeth. Baby teeth still need some TLC as proper care for them will ensure their adult teeth will grow in healthy and strong. Be a positive role model for trips to the dentist and make sure the whole family visits for routine exams and cleanings. Visiting the dentist twice a year will help you and your children live a healthy lifestyle. 
     
    For a more interactive brushing style, try the Philips Sonicare Bluetooth electric toothbrush. This toothbrush helps to promote longer brushing and also allows them to track brushing with an app! 
     
    Download some fun activity sheets to help teach your children the importance of good oral health. Children’s smiles are irresistible, so let’s help keep them healthy and bright!
     
    Jon Frankel’s Tips for Tiny Brushers: 
    • Brush your teeth twice a day. Find a toothbrush your child loves such as one with their favorite character on it. 
    • Avoid sticky, sugary foods
    • Smile! A healthy smile leads to a healthy self-esteem 
    If your child has not been to the dentist yet, let us help walk them through their first visit and make it memorable! Schedule your next appointment online or call our office today. 

  6. Monthly, Dr. Frankel provides daily tips to the different radio stations to broadcast on air. Here are the 5 tips that you may have missed during the month of May.

     

    #1.) Frankel Dentistry loves technology. One of the cutting edge pieces in our office is our CEREC machine. The CEREC machine is a device that can create a permanent crown perfectly formulated to fit your tooth in about an hour.

    #2.) While flossing, be gentle. Guide the floss between your teeth using a rubbing motion. Don’t snap the floss into your gums. When the floss reaches your gumline, curve it against one tooth.

    #3.) Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

    #4.) Pregnant? Be sure to schedule a dental appointment. While having a healthy mouth is always important, pregnancy can intensify dental problems. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can exaggerate the way gum tissue reacts to plaque, increasing the risk for gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease. Some studies have suggested that pregnant women with moderate-to-severe gum disease may be more at risk to give birth to low-weight or pre-term babies, who are at risk for many serious diseases.

    #5.) Kids are always welcomed at Frankel Dentistry. Be sure to consider scheduling your child’s summer appointments now before the schedule becomes full. And don’t forget that all kids love drawing a special treasure from our toy chest after their visit!

  7. It’s Memorial Day weekend. The kickoff to summer. Kids are off of school and many of us plan our summer vacations. Here are a few tips to help with your packing before you travel.

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    1.) Check-It! 

    It is time to get a 6 month check-up, get it before you travel to ensure that your mouth, teeth and gums are healthy and that you have a beautiful Frankel Smile in all those pictures that you take. Also, by getting your routine check-up you ensure that your mouth is healthy and that small problem are taken care of before they become big issues. It is also a great time to ask Dr. Frankel about how to avoid travelers breath or if you have any mouth sensitivity while traveling at a high altitude.

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    2.) Pack- It!

    Don’t forget to pack your oral hygiene care. Your list should include: toothpaste, toothbrush (manual or electric- if electric don’t forget your charger), dental floss, mouth rinse, sugar free gum, plastic baggie (you don’t want your toothpaste exploding all over your clothes), disposable toothbrushes if you are traveling to a place where the water is not safe, and a toothbrush cap. **Special note about those caps- Yes, they protect your bristles, but they also breed bacteria. Be sure to take the cap off your toothbrush once you arrive at your destination.

    3.) Swish-It! 

    Caught somewhere without your toothbrush? Swish your mouth with water.

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    4.) Share-It!

    Pack healthy snacks to share with your family while traveling. Bring fruits, veggies, nuts instead of candy bars and soda.

    5.) Know-It!

    Dental emergencies happen. Have a plan in case something occurs. Many times it is as simple as asking your hotel concierge for a recommendation in case of an emergency. This video is great for special tips in case of an emergency. Be sure to click it and watch!

  8. Thanks Mom

    As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, we will be reflecting on all those things we must thank mom for. But connected with each of those events is a smile!

    Here at Frankel Dentistry, we also need to thank mom for helping us with those smiles. Without her we would have less to smile about and perhaps less teeth to smile with.

    Be sure not to forget about these three things as you show gratefulness to your mom!

    1.) She makes you smile! From the time you were young she made funny faces and played games to get you to smile. Smiling is still a way of feeling good. Not only can a simple smile enhance your mood, but it can help others feel better as well. Be sure to smile this Mother’s Day- we are pretty sure there is plenty to smile about.

    2.) Who made sure you brushed your teeth before you went to bed? Who handed you floss each morning? Who was honest with you when you had bad breath or something in your teeth? That’s right, Mom! These childhood lessons have turned into adult habits that you too have (or will) pass on to your children. Be sure to thank mom for teaching you that a healthy mouth is part of a healthy body.

    3.) Don’t forget to thank her for keeping your schedule. Aside from running you to soccer practices, dance lessons, or school, mom also scheduled (and most likely took you) your appointments at Frankel Dentistry. Today many of our families continue to bring their next generation through the doors of Frankel Dentistry.

    So, Thanks MOM! Our smiles would not be the same without you!

  9. Children and the Dentist

    What Frankel Dentistry Patients Have To Say

    One of the greatest gifts a parent can give their child is dental health. Children who look forward to dental visits are likely to enjoy a lifetime of dental health. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body.

    At Frankel Dentistry we love what we do. We consider caring for you and your family a privilege. Here is what our patients have to say about their dental visits.

     

    Amazing! I had Melissa and my 5 year old had Kelly and both were fantastic! I was scared to death to take my 5 year old in but Kelly was amazing and so good with him! A very pleasant experience for both of us!

    Brody C.

     

    Very friendly staff and my kids loved the entire experience! What kid says they like going to the dentist?!

    Kara L.

     

    I appreciate the doctor called me personally to let me know how my son’s appointment went and his recommendations on how to proceed.

     Alexander S

     

    The staff was very welcoming. A big thank you to everyone. My daughter was worried going to a new place. Everyone at Dr. Frankel made her and me feel very comfortable.

     Keri B

     

    Was extremely pleased with all of the staff! Karen was superb and supportive of my son Andrew! Love the brushing chart! Andrew was also happy to meet Dr. Frankel. He thought that was special because he must be a busy man. The dentist and technician also completed the fillings pain free!

     Andrew R

  10. Dr. Frankel often states, “A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body.” If only the sugar lobbyists would have listened to him 50 years ago.

    Jon Frankel, DDS

    Jon Frankel, DDS

    Early this month researchers from the University of California, San Francisco uncovered documents from the 1960’s that describe how the sugar-industry successfully persuaded government health authorities from completing studies that might categorize food by their cavity promoting characteristics, which might have lead to people consuming less sugar.

    In the 1960’s the National Institute of Dental Research declared that it was going to accelerate its research efforts to find a way to end cavity formation by: 1.) Stopping sugar-related, cavity-causing bacteria from sticking to and damaging teeth, 2.) Determining the most effective way of including fluoride in the fight against cavities,  3.) Figuring out a way to get people to modify their diet to reduce cavities.

    Today changing our diets is a hot topic mainly because of high rates of obesity, diabetes, and heart disease all of which is related to our sugar consumption. However, in the 1960’s these problems were not yet of national concern. Fast forward 50 years and the American society consumes nearly 25% more sugar and tooth decay is an epidemic that affects billions of people world wide.

    So, now the question arises, how do we eliminate sugar from our diet?

    Here are 6 quick tips brought to you by Dr. Frankel.

    1.) Sugar has aliases- get to know them! Some of the most felons include: high fructose corn syrup, sucrose, fructose, glucose, Lactose, molasses. Also know the names of common artificial sweeteners: splenda and aspartame. For a full list of common names, click here: http://clinton.k12.wi.us/documents/sugar_names.pdf

    2.) Once you know the names, look for them on the back of your labels. If one of those labels has a sugar listed toward the top, you know it is one of the main ingredients. PUT IT DOWN!

    3.) But don’t give up sugar cold turkey. This is very difficult. Instead slowly eliminate your consumption of sugar, which will lead to more lasting results.

    4.) Substitute your sugar with natural flavors. Try cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla extract, or citrus zest.

    5.) Eliminate all sugary sodas and juices.

    6.) Stick with it! Consistency is key to lasting results both in the dental chair and for your overall health.

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