Spring has sprung and the flowers are blooming and the trees are budding. You can keep your windows open, but that means you need to start your spring cleaning to get rid of the dust and debris from the winter season. To keep your home clean and healthy, it takes work. Did you know your medicine cabinet needs a good spring cleaning too?
Jonathan Frankel, D.D.S.
Dr. Frankel Shares Spring Cleaning Tips
Get a new toothbrush! Leave those winter germs behind and make sure to start off the season with a clean, fresh toothbrush.
Clean out and disinfect your medicine cabinet and bathroom — anywhere your toothbrush and oral hygiene products are stored.
Schedule a cleaning with your dentist! It is best to have your teeth cleaned twice a year.
Spring is a great time of the year to get re-motivated! Check your new year’s resolution list — have you met any of your goals? Spring is also a great time to get out and be active! A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand — enjoy the weather, eat healthy snacks and don’t forget to brush and floss!
Toledo Dental Professions share their top hints for a bright, beautiful and healthy smile.
Your dental professions dedicate their lives to keeping your smile bright and healthy. What better source for oral health hints than your Frankel Dental Family?
Make sure you visit your dentist on a regular basis. It may not bother you not there still might be an issue. Dental disease can be silent. Prevention is the key to a healthy smile.
We all know flossing daily is important. Do what I do. Floss in the shower!
We have seen an increase in dental decay in children and adults. Avoid pop, coffee creamer and juice. Your teeth will thank you.
Floss no matter what the news reports tell you. Flossing works!
Ladies, to add drama to your whitened teeth wear red/blue lipstick. Your teeth will look even brighter.
If you have sensitive teeth MI paste really works even when whitening!
Always, always, always wear your retainers after braces. If you lose your retainers replace them as soon as possible. Teeth move back to where they were before ortho if you don’t wear your retainers.
Electric toothbrushes do work. I think Philips Sonicare is best.
If you want whiter teeth, even dark tetracycline stained teeth can be whitened with the KOR Whitening System.
Learn how to floss properly. Many people really don’t know how to floss.
Give your children an enjoyable dental experience. Read books about dental visits, brush teeth together and mention how much you like going to the dentist. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. What better gift could you offer to your children?
We get loads of comments on how well we all get along at Frankel Dentistry. There is often laughter and always an abundance of smiles. We know how to communicate with each other. There is a reason why, training, lots and lots of training. One excellent tool is the KOLBE Index.
Dr. Jon Frankel Dental Staff Toledo, Ohio
Each person has their individual way of solving problems. This unique approach of responding to the world is hard wired and unchanging. Knowing how each another operates in the world leads to communicating in the most effective manner.
Kolbe Index Display Frankel Dentistry
Speaking to someone in the way they listen is gratifying to both parties. Understanding how one categorizes the information heard is an essential element of collaboration. Respecting one’s reaction to risk and uncertainty leads to completion of the task at hand without frustration. Appreciation of the difference between one who leans toward a concrete, tactile model and another who needs to envision via abstract concept leads to the best of both worlds.
Age is one factor that we can’t fight, although we really, really try. Truth be told, with all the other age defying tricks out there to help keep our youthful appearance, our smiles should not be one that we neglect.
Here are 5 areas where teeth can tell our age.
Tooth decay. Yes, we warn our children and grandchildren about too much sugar and cavities. But just because we are older doesn’t mean we are immune to tooth decay. It is important to still brush for two minutes twice a day, floss daily, and visit Dr. Frankel for an exam every six months. A clean, healthy, white smile is also a nice trick to help keep you looking young and vibrant.
Dry mouth. As we age and are prescribed different medications, we may start to experience dry mouth. Saliva is important part of protecting our teeth from decay, therefore, a dry mouth could be detrimental toward our oral health. Make sure you are staying properly hydrated, and sip and swish water whenever you notice your mouth may be dry.
Too crowding. Pre-teens are not the only ones who experience tooth crowding. As we age our teeth move and shift. This may cause our teeth to crowd. Crowded teeth give bacteria many places to hide, where our tooth brushes and floss may not reach effectively. This breeding ground for bacteria may lead to tooth decay or worse, gum disease.
Gum disease. Gingivitis and periodontal disease effect nearly half of American adults, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease, which left untreated can affect the gum tissue and lead to tooth loss. The Frankel Dentistry team has a practicing Periodontist on staff, who will be able to treat patients with gum disease. Although gum disease cannot be reversed, there are plenty of ways to manage it, keeping your gums and teeth healthy.
Oral Cancer. 43,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with oral cancer and nearly 8,000 will die from it (Oral Cancer Foundation). It is best to catch oral cancer in the earliest stages. While at Frankel Dentistry we will do a comprehensive exam, including an oral cancer screening, which will help ensure that your mouth is healthy and cancer free.
Lindsay Stanley is great at everything she does according to guy-friend Collin. We agree. She is an amazing Dental Hygienist, was quickly promoted to a Co-Team Leader position and working toward licensure as an Expanded Function Dental Assistant.
Lindsay loves to make a difference in patients’ lives. Showing a patient with dental anxiety there is nothing to fear or bringing a neglected unhealthy mouth to full repair are hallmarks of Lindsay’s innate talent and skill. Her patients look forward to visits and often bring her gifts! She has helped many patients regain not just their confidence but their dental health.
Always attracted to a medical career she credits her orthodontist for introducing her to dentistry. She readily admits she is obsessed with teeth and we are thrilled she is.
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!
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!
10.) 2 minutes seems like a long time to brush your teeth. While brushing divide your mouth into 4 different sections. Spend 30 second brushing each section, allowing a full 2 minutes of teeth brushing each time you brush!
9.) Be sure that you are brushing correctly. Softly brush up and down or circular on your teeth while aiming the bristles at a 45 degree angle toward the gum line. Be sure that you are not brushing horizontally, which can lead to abrasions.
8.) To be “Earth Smart” this Earth Day, be sure to turn off the water while brushing. Don’t mindlessly brush your teeth with the water running! Turn on the water only to rinse your mouth and toothbrush.
7.) A few signs of oral cancer include: a sore, irritation, lump, or thick patch in your mouth, lips, or throat; a feeling that something is caught in your throat; difficulty chewing or swallowing; or difficulty moving your jaw or tongue. If you suspect you may have any of these symptoms, be sure to call Frankel Dentistry to get an exam.
6.) Frankel employees know their patients. Once you become a patient at Frankel Dentistry, you are part of a close dental family. It is truly a place where everyone knows your name. Knowing the patients is one of the reasons they love what they do! Call today to join the Frankel Dentistry family!
5.) Oral cancer includes cancers of the mouth and pharynx. Typically people who are at risk for this type of cancer are those who smoke cigarettes, use chewing tobacco, and drink alcohol.
4.) Be sure to rinse your toothbrush after you brush. Bacteria can grow on an un-rinsed toothbrush. The next time you brush, you are putting these bacteria back into your mouth. Be sure to rinse your brush off after each time you use it.
3.) Frankel Dentistry is not here to lecture you about your oral health. Instead it is their focus to help each patient understand the importance of routine cleanings, flossing, sealants, and fluoride and how each one of these things are all helpful in ensuring a healthy smile.
2.) Large amounts of sugary foods pose a significant threat to your dental health and promote plaque, the sticky film of bacteria that constantly forms on your teeth and gums. Every time bacteria come in contact with sugar and starches in the mouth, they produce acids that attack your teeth. These acids leave your mouth more susceptible to enamel erosion, cavities, tooth decay and gum disease.
1.) April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Oral cancer rates are significantly increasing. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, nearly 42,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer this year. Please contact Frankel Dentistry to schedule an appointment and get a screening.
Dark. Cold. Gloomy. Snowy days are now but a thing of the past.
It’s finally here! SPRING! As many of us dedicate this time to dusting off the winter cobwebs, opening up the windows, planting flowers, and other forms of spring cleaning, it is also a great time to reevaluate our habits. This time of the year is perfect to begin healthier patterns and changes to take us into summer feeling and looking our best. Here are 5 ideas brought to you by Frankel Dentistry to pump up your oral health.
1.) Throw it out! While cleaning out the junk during your spring cleaning binge, pitch that toothbrush. Now is the perfect time to replace it with a fresh one to keep your mouth clean this spring. Besides, we all know we should be replacing our toothbrushes every 3 months anyway!
Manual or Electric? The choice is yours!
2.) Perfect Your Routine! We all try to step up our exercise game this time of year, getting our bodies ready for those swim suites. But why not step it up on the flossing side of things too, ensuring your smile is picture perfect as well. Maybe you are not the world’s best flosser— We get it. But this spring is different. This spring you want more. This spring is a time of new habits. Challenge yourself to floss every day for the next month. By then it will be an easy part of your routine and your mouth will thank you.
A Quick Flossing Tip
3.) Eliminate the soda.
Honestly, what is more thirst quenching than an ice cold glass of H2O on a warm spring day? Besides, eliminating that extra sugar will not only do wonders for your smile but also your figure. Need an added twist? Infuse a little fresh fruit in it for some added flavor. Not enough, unsweetened iced tea and plain black coffee are other beverages choices that will keep your teeth healthy.
4.) Don’t forget to add your family in your new habits.
Others tend to keep us accountable. Why not include your loved one’s in on your new routines? Besides, we love families at Frankel Dentistry!
5.) Schedule your spring dental cleaning at Frankel Dentistry.
Spring is a great time to get those chompers cleaned and any treatment completed and ready to showcase a healthy beautiful smile all summer long.
April Showers and Cleanings bring May Flowers and Smiles!
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
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.