Toledo, Ohio dental practice, Frankel Dentistry, have been Changing Loves a Smile at a Time since 1946. Voted Best of Toledo for 8 consecutive years by the reader’s of The City Paper, this dental practice loves what they do. Their always better attitude is focused on offering the best dental experience.
Patients become dental family. It is not surprising to have third and even fourth generation patients. The doctors and staff at both the Toledo and Maumee location are accessible, professional and feel caring their dental family is a privilege. They are grateful to care for your smile.
Spring is the season for cleaning. Check out these tips from Frankel Dentistry.
Spring Cleaning for Your Health
Spring is here and it’s a great time to clean out your house. Rainy day? Perfect time to get some extra cleaning down before the weather gets nice. Make a list and prioritize what you want to accomplish as your health should always be at the top of the list!
Here are some suggested areas to clean that can affect your health:
1) Toothbrush – when is the last time you replaced yours? It’s recommend to replace our toothbrush at least every 2 months and more often if sick.
2) Bathroom – wipe down and disinfect anything and everything in your bathroom – this includes toothbrush holders and medicine cabinets that may touch your oral hygiene products .
3) Food pantry – is your pantry and fridge stocked with healthy snacks? Now is a good time to go through any old expired items or items you wish to trade in for healthier alternatives.
4) Carpets – winter can track some much dirt and dust and really affect your health if you have allergies.
5) Dusting – clean under the bed, top of the bookshelves, picture frames and any place where dust can collect.
Your total health affects the health of your mouth, so make sure to keep both in the best shape.
In addition to cleaning your medicine cabinet and cleaning your sinks, don’t forget about the one item that cleans inside your mouth! To make sure you are putting the cleanest brush in your mouth, here are some tips:
Change your toothbrush every 3 months — old toothbrushes can be recycled or used around the house for household cleaning.
After you are done brushing your teeth, rinse your brush off with water to remove any excess toothpaste and food particles.
Store your toothbrush upright and uncovered.
If your toothbrush is stored on your countertop, make sure it’s at least 2 feet away from the toilet.
Avoid sharing your toothbrush.
If you are using an electric toothbrush, it is best to clean the head once a month by soaking it in a water and bleach solution (1 part bleach to 10 parts water) and rinse thoroughly.
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.
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!
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!
Trick or Treat is right around the corner. Don’t let the Halloween candy destroy your teeth this season. Protect your teeth with these tips from our doctor, Amber Puhl.
1.) Eat Halloween candy and other sugary foods with meals or shortly after mealtime.
2.) Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time.
3.) Avoid sticky candies that cling to your teeth.
4.) Drink more water.
5.) Brush your teeth twice a day with a ADA accepted fluoride toothpaste.
6.) Clean between teeth daily with floss.
7.) Sell your candy back! Monday, November 3rd Frankel Dentistry and Frankel and Puhl of Maumee will be buying back all extra Halloween Candy and shipping it to local Toledo Troops who are serving overseas.
8.) Remember to visit Frankel Dentistry or Frankel and Puhl of Maumee regularly for your cleanings.
Toothbrushes lose their efficacy after two to three months. Worn, splayed bristles just aren’t up to the job.
Spend Time Together at Least Two Minutes Twice a Day
Brush at least twice a day for a full two minutes. Anything less leaves bacterial plague and food particles.
Keep it Clean
Check out where your brush has been hanging out. Keep your tooth brush rinsed and allow it to dry. Tossed in a cluttered drawer or stored near air born nastiness may bring foreign bacteria into your mouth.
Bring in a Professional
Visit your dentist and dental hygienist at least twice a year. They will evaluate your teeth and suggest techniques to perfect your brushing. Don’t be surprised if you develop a bad habit. Your dental professionals will gently bring back your optimal tooth brushing style.
Sonic and electric tooth brushes bring it on! Manual brushing is terrific but using technology may give you an edge toward brushing properly.
Bring in the Floss
Tooth brushing can not go alone. Bring in another partner. Many dental professionals even suggest you floss first.