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Category Archive: Gum Disease

  1. I still say, ‘Shoot for the moon; you might get there.’

    Buzz Aldrin

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    The last night’s snow moon reflects the sun just like your smile mirrors your overall health. The new moon is a great time to reflect and make choices toward health.

    Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body

    Why are Dr. Frankel and his staff always saying “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body?” 7 quick facts that explain why maintaining good oral health is essential to achieving great overall health.

    Oral health and overall health are not mutually exclusive, in fact, they are inextricably connected. WOW! That’s a lot of big words, but basically what we are saying is if you let the health of your teeth and gums decline, you are setting yourself up to get really, really sick.

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    Routine cleanings, flossing, sealants and fluoride may seem like a hassle, but in reality

    they are saving you from dangerous conditions such as heart disease and stroke.

    1.) Gum Disease causes halitosis, better known as “knock-you-over bad breath.”

    2.) 2x. Seeing double? Patients with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart

    disease.

    3.) 3x. Triple what? Patients with gum disease have an increased risk of stroke triple that

    of those patients without gum disease.

    4.) 4x – the average increased cost of one restorative dental procedure as compared to a

    regular checkup appointment.

    5.) The number of primary things you need to do to maintain your healthy mouth:

     Brush 2x daily

     Floss 1x daily

     Visit 2x yearly

     Avoid tobacco products

     Eat a well-balanced diet

    6.) 62% – The percentage of increased risk, according to Harvard researchers, for

    patients with gum disease to develop pancreatic and kidney cancers.

    7.) 7x. Women with gum disease are seven times more likely to deliver premature or

    underweight babies.

    It is so important to keep a healthy mouth in order to promote a healthy body! Don’t let

    fear, cost, or time be a factor to keep you away. Dr. Frankel says, “I care about people’s

    smiles and firmly believe that with a great smile, you can improve your appearance, self

    confidence, and your life.” You can schedule a free consultation today.

  2. 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

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    • 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.

     

  3. 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.

     

  4. The staff at Frankel Dentistry often says, “a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body,” but did you know that visiting Dr. Frankel twice a year for a cleaning actually helps reduce your risk of heart disease. Why?

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    1.) The state of your smile is like a fortune teller’s ball. Many times different problems can be seen even before other symptoms arise. For example, when it comes to your ticker. Your teeth may be a good place to start because people who develop periodontal (gum) disease are also at a greater risk of developing heart disease.

    2.) Treating periodontal (gum) disease improves heart health. As Dr. Frankel often states, “taking care of small issues before they become big problems,” is key in this situation. By treating gum disease, studies show that when the inflammation around the gums is treated it reduces the systematic stress in your body.

    3.) Regular cleanings lower the risks of gum disease even starting. Plus there are also tons of other great benefits- fewer fillings, healthier gums, and that Frankel smile that you can’t  help but show off.

  5. One of Dr. Frankel’s missions is educate his patients that a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Research suggests that there is a strong relationship between gum disease and such problems as heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. “For the nearly 30 million Americans who have diabetes, many may be surprised to learn about the unexpected complications associated with this condition,” including an increased prevalence “of gum disease among those with diabetes” (American Diabetes Association). In order to ensure that all patients are aware of these problems, Frankel Dentistry provides expert patient education, which creates awareness of small problems before they become bigger, more complicated issues.

    But one Frankel patient has taken diabetes education to a new avenue. Jimmy Hicks has teamed together with Flower Hospital and the Greater Toledo YMCAs to educate local Toledoans about diabetes for FREE!

    Classes run 1 hour a week for 8 weeks. During this time volunteer physicians, certified diabetes educators, motivational speakers, dietitians, and more help educate attendees learn to control their blood sugar and regulate their diabetes.

    According to Jimmy, ” Diabetes is a huge problem in our community. With proper education people can control their blood sugar.” However, what Jimmy noticed is that many people don’t have the time or the money to get the proper education. That is what inspired to do something. Thus the creation of a problem that is free and not a big commitment while still allowing the proper education to be spread.

    Every 8 weeks the program restarts at a different YMCA. Recently, an 8 week class finished at the JCC. On Tuesday, September 2nd, the next session will begin at the South YMCA at the Morse Center. Following that session, the program will move to the Oregon YMCA.

    A typical class has 12-15 participants, who are all excited to learn how to manage their diabetes. Additionally, Jimmy wanted to be sure that people understood that nothing is being sold to the participants. ” This program simply gives people the recipe of success,” said Jimmy.

    There is one added bonus. Participants who complete 6 out of the 8 classes receive a 3 month MAX membership to the YMCA, which can be used at any YMCA in the country.

    In order to register for the Free Diabetes Classes that begin September 2nd at the South YMCA at the Morse Center, please obtain a physicians referral and call Susan Ruff at 419-725-7844.

    “Managing your diabetes and taking it seriously are keys to success,” said Jimmy. Additionally, don’t forget that the relationship between serious gum disease and diabetes is a two-way street. “Not only are people with diabetes more susceptible to gum disease, but serious gum disease may have the potential to affect blood glucose control and contribute to the progression of diabetes” (American Diabetes Association). Be educated. Be aware.

     

     

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    Bacteria that cause gum disease are associated with atherosclerosis. Studies have confirmed individuals with higher levels of gum disease causing bacteria also had more severe atherosclerosis, the arterial disease that leads to strokes and heart attacks.

    Jon Frankel Healthy Heart Tips

     


    Visit your dentist regularly to identify gum disease early

    Brush and floss your teeth regularly

    Treat and monitor gum disease right away

    Use an ultrasonic electric toothbrush

    Commit to a healthy lifestyle

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    Expanded Function Dental Assistant-Registered Dental Hygienist Crystal explains the correlation between a Healthy Mouth and a Healthy Body at Jon Frankel Dentistry in Toledo, Ohio.

     

     

     

    A recent study by researchers at the NYU College of Dentistry cited by the American Dental Society shows a correlation between gum disease and Alzheimer’s. Stroke, heart disease, and Diabetes have long been associated with gum disease.  Visit Jon Frankel and receive a brochure on a Healthy mouth and Healthy Body.

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