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Category Archive: Children and Dentistry

  1. As summer comes to an end and the back-to-school season begins, it’s the perfect time to instill healthy dental habits in kids to ensure their smiles shine brightly through the year. Good oral hygiene not only supports their overall health but also boosts their confidence and self-esteem. Frankel Dentistry wants to help all our NW Ohio families care for their oral health and share their smiles confidently with their friends and peers. Here are some essential tips for parents to help teach our little ones the importance of maintaining excellent dental care during the school year.

    Brushing and Flossing!

    Start the day off strong by encouraging kids to brush their teeth for at least two minutes after breakfast and before bedtime. If brushing is a breeze, introduce flossing! Flossing removes plaque around and between teeth. Did you know if you skip out on flossing, you miss out on cleaning 40% of your tooth’s surface area.

    Choose Teeth-Friendly Snacks:

    Teaching kids to make smart snack choices can help them better care for their dental health. Try snacks like fresh fruits, veggies, yogurt, and cheese instead of sugary treats and sticky candies.

    Pack a Tooth-Friendly Lunch:

    When packing lunches incorporate dental-friendly items such as carrot sticks, cucumber slices, and whole-grain crackers. Avoid sugary drinks and try milk or water instead.

     

    Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!

    Encourage your kids to drink water throughout the day. Water not only keeps them hydrated but also helps wash away bacteria and acid that can lead to tooth decay.

    Regular Dental Checkups:

    Schedule with us! Schedule regular dental visits for your little ones. We recommend bi-annual visits to the dentist to maintain strong oral health habits and catch any potential dental issues early on and ensure a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles.

    Is Your Child an All-Star? Consider a mouth guard!

    If your child participates in sports, ensure they wear a properly fitted mouth guard to protect their teeth from any injuries that could happen on or off the field during games and practices. One of the best parts about sports is the sugary electrolytes drinks we love to refuel with. Excessive sugar can lead to tooth decay, so it’s better to opt for healthier alternatives like water or diluted fruit juices.

     

    As we gear up for the back-to-school season, let’s prioritize our children’s dental health by teaching them healthy habits that will last a lifetime. By incorporating these simple tips into their daily routine, we can ensure that their smiles stay bright, confident, and healthy throughout the school year. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body! Better dental health practices could maybe even mean less sick days! Remember, instilling good oral hygiene practices set the foundation for a lifetime of dental health!

    Due for a cleaning or looking for a new family dentist? Frankel Dentistry is happy to care for you and your little ones. With two offices, flexible hours, gentle hygienists, and more, we’re here to create the best dental care experience.

    Call today to schedule or visit us online at www.jonfrankeldentistry.com

    Toledo: 419-474-9611

    Maumee: 419-893-0221

     

     

  2. March is Women’s History Month and last Wednesday Frankel Dentistry celebrated International Women’s Day! Did you know over 90% of dental team members are female. Dentistry and support is a female dominated field.

    Dentistry would not be what it is today without the thousands of women who have dedicated their lives to oral health care.

    Empower a woman, empower a community – Celebrating the strength, resilience, and achievements of women worldwide on International Women’s Day.💙

    Let’s learn more about the importance of women in dentistry!

    Dental hygiene and assisting are important fields in the dental industry, with the role of women in these fields growing significantly in recent years. Women have been taking on more roles in dentistry and, as a result, are making significant contributions to the field. Among these roles, the positions of hygienists and EFDAs (Expanded Function Dental Assistants) stand out for their crucial contributions to dental care.

    Women in Dental Hygiene

    Dental hygiene is a critical aspect of dental care, as it helps prevent and manage oral health problems. Dental hygienists work in dental offices, clinics, and hospitals, and are responsible for performing dental cleanings, oral exams, and educating patients about proper oral hygiene practices. Women make up a significant portion of the dental hygiene workforce, with the American Dental Hygienists’ Association reporting that 98.4% of all dental hygienists in the United States are women.

    Women in EFDAs

    Expanded Function Dental Assistants, or EFDAs, work closely with dentists to provide essential dental care to patients. EFDAs are responsible for a variety of tasks, including placing and removing dental fillings, taking x-rays, and assisting with dental surgeries. Like dental hygiene, EFDAs play an essential role in the provision of dental care. Women make up a significant portion of the EFDA workforce as well, with the Bureau of Labor Statistics reporting that 95.6% of all dental assistants are women.

     

    Last week we also celebrated Dental Assistant’s Appreciation Week! How cute is our team?

    Dental assistants celebrating dentistry as a team!

    We love our Dental Assistants!

    The Importance of Women in Dentistry

    Women have always played an important role in the dental industry, but their contributions have become increasingly significant in recent years. The reasons for this include increasing numbers of women entering the dental field and a growing awareness of the importance of oral health. Women have proven to be highly skilled and knowledgeable dental professionals, bringing their unique perspectives and experiences to the field.

    Women have made significant contributions to the dental industry as dental hygienists and EFDAs.  The growing numbers of women in these roles is a positive sign for the future of dental care and will undoubtedly continue to benefit patients for years to come. At Frankel Dentistry we are grateful for the women who have helped us build our practice and provide our Toledo and Maumee communities with excellent patient care. 

     

    Looking for a career in dentistry? Visit us online at jonfrankeldentistry.com/careers

     

  3. Dental health is an important topic for parents to consider when it comes to their children. Taking care of a child’s oral health can start even before they have their first tooth. It’s important to introduce healthy habits early on to ensure that children have strong, healthy teeth and gums and a lifetime of healthy smiles.

    First and foremost, it’s important to schedule regular dental visits for your child. These visits should start when the first tooth appears and continue throughout their life. During the visits, the dentist will be able to provide advice on oral care, assess the condition of the teeth and gums, and offer preventive treatments such as fluoride applications. Frankel Dentistry offers look and learn appointments to help your child acclimate to the dental office environment while also ensuring their oral health is on the right track.

    At home, parents should help their children develop good brushing habits. Ideally, children should brush their teeth twice a day for two minutes each time, using a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride-containing toothpaste. Parents should help children aged two and under brush their teeth, and should supervise brushing for children up to the age of six.

    In addition to brushing, children should also floss their teeth every day. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from in between teeth, which helps prevent the buildup of cavities and gum disease. It’s important to teach children the proper way to floss, as incorrect technique can do more harm than good.

    Finally, it’s important to limit the amount of sugary snacks and drinks that children consume. Sugary foods and drinks can increase the risk of cavities, so it’s best to limit their intake. Replace sugary snacks with healthy alternatives such as fruits, vegetables, and plain yogurt.

    By following these tips, parents can help ensure that their children have healthy teeth and gums for life. Let’s summarize! Regular visits to the dentist, good brushing habits, flossing, and limiting sugary snacks and drinks are all important components of a good dental health routine.

  4. There is nothing like working in a field you love with people you love.

    “The team at Frankel Dentistry is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. The front staff are warm, kind make you feel welcome immediately. My dental team from assistant to doctor was knowledgeable and compassionate. I know I am in great hands when I am with Frankel. Always making sure I feel safe and understand treatment and upcoming dental work. Smiles throughout the entire appointment. These are professionals who you can really tell, love what they do.” -Juliana Mayberry

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    The truth is, we love our careers and we love our workplace. Everyday we come together with individuals who are devoted to serving others, passionate about excellent patient care, and are simply hard workers. We are fortunate enough to have built a team where everyone is willing to go above and beyond for the next. Working in healthcare allows us to touch the lives of hundreds of patients and truly make a difference. We’ve said it hundreds of times but… a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body! The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. Practicing a strong oral health care routine and caring for your mouth can help spread infection and prevent gum disease, tooth loss, diabetes and heart disease. We are grateful to serve others and make a difference through healthcare and excellent patient care.

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    We love Monday’s!

    Creating a workplace our employees love is very important to us. We celebrate all the big and small joys in life. We come together for quarterly events, annual celebrations, and daily gratitude’s, so show appreciate for one another and our growth as not only a dental team but a dental family. Frankel Dentistry is always hiring. We are always looking for friendly, diligent professionals to join our team. Whether you are looking for a clinical or clerical position please submit your resume and application online at jonfrankeldentistry.com.

    Frankel Dentistry family photos.

    We hired a professional photographer to take family photos for team members and their children.

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    Toledo and Maumee teams come together for our favorite bonding event at Majestic Oak Winery in Whitehouse, Oh.

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    Team bonding with the Toledo Walleye!

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    Voted Best of Toledo for over 10 years in a row!

  5. The last Saturday of September is Family Health & Fitness Day USA. What better reminder to teach your children to brush, floss, and visit the dentist? The dentists at Frankel Dentistry often hear parents comment on how happy they are to bring their children to this Ohio dental practice. Kids love Frankel Dentistry. A pleasant dental visit can lead to a lifetime of dental health. Frankel Dentistry has recently received the following feedback from patients.

     

    “All four of us came in last night for our family’s dental cleanings. Olivia took care of my daughter and me. She takes her time with us, always so friendly and sweet! She is not just an awesome hygienist – she’s a friend we can’t wait to visit every 6 months!”

     

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    “Natalie is fantastic. She did such a wonderful job with our twin 2 year old girls. She was very patient and kind. Thanks Natalie!!”

     

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    “I cannot say enough good things about my daughter, Hadley’s hygienist. She is always so sweet and so patient and amazing with kids. Hadley looks forward to going to the dentist and even asked if she could color her hygienist and dentist pictures. I will not go anywhere else!!!”

     

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  6. Back to school season is finally here! Frankel Dentistry wants to help your little ones start the year with a healthy, happy smile. Taking care of your smile goes beyond just cleaning your teeth and regular dental visits, it’s important to watch what you’re putting into your body! 

    Here are some healthy back to school snacks to help promote dental health!

    • Apples, Celery, and Carrots! Did you know crunchy fruit and vegetables can help clean your teeth by removing plaque from the enamel? Not only do they clean your teeth but also provide you with vitamins and minerals to support your body.

              Some of our favorite classic snacks include apple slices or celery with peanut butter. Carrots and other crunchy vegetables always pair great with hummus.

    • Milk, cheese, and yogurt. Dairy products are a great source of calcium, which helps repair enamel and strengthen bones which support your teeth. Cheese and yogurt are also rich in vitamin D and phosphate which create lower acid levels and reduce the risk of tooth decay.
    • Nuts and seeds! Almonds, peanuts, sunflower seeds and more are a great source of healthy fats, vitamin D, folic acid and not to mention one of the best sources of protein. 
    • Thinking about what to drink? Water.

              Encourage your little ones to drink more water daily! Water helps hydrate your organs and muscle, balance pH levels in the mouth, and increase saliva production which means less tooth decay and stronger tooth enamel.

     

  7. July is filled with dozens of reasons to smile. This month we smile because Frankel Dentistry is welcoming a new doctor. We are overjoyed to present Dr. Erin Waples D.D.S!

    Erin Waples, DDS.

    An Ohio native and former Ohio State Buckeye! Dr. Waples was born and raised in the small village of Mogadore in Northeastern Ohio. She grew up loving soccer, track, and the great outdoors, spending dozens of weekends camping and hiking with her family. 

    She attended the University of Akron where she studied Biomedical Engineering. She knew she wanted a fulfilling, impactful career while still being able to maintain a work life balance. Post graduation she began shadowing different career fields and discovered her passion for dentistry. “There is something so special about working with your hands, touching the lives of patients, and creating long lasting relationships and friendships.” 

    A young Erin Waples pursued her dental degree at THE Ohio State University. She spent her time in Columbus playing intramural soccer, attending Buckeye games with friends, and serving the community through the Delta Sigma Delta organization.

    Dr. Waples is special to us because she is special to someone here! While at THE Ohio State University she met her fiance, fellow Frankel and Puhl dentist, Dr. Westmeyer. Dr. Westmeyer is also an OSU alumni and has been a part of our Maumee team since 2019. These two are avid adventurers! They enjoy camping, hiking, snow sports, and exploring national parks and new destinations! In October 2021 Dr. Westmeyer popped the question and now they patiently plan and await their big day. In the meantime these two are thrilled and grateful to serve the NWO community through their passions. 

    Frankel Dentistry is thrilled to have Dr. Waples a part our team. We cannot wait to Change Lives a Smile at a Time with her.

  8. June is Men’s Health Awareness Month and Frankel Dentistry is spreading awareness and encouraging healthy habits. Did you know over 350,000 men die every year from heart disease? And only 3 out 5 have regular physicals. Believe it or not, your oral health is connected to your health! This is why we always say a Healthy Mouth Promotes a Healthy Body! Oral health is often overlooked but did you know there are currently 3.6 billion individuals struggling with oral diseases? 

    Father and Son smiling and laughing. Baby is waving. Healthy, bright smile. University of Toledo representative. University of Toledo gear.

    Your mouth is typically a good indicator of your overall well-being. Individuals with periodontal disease have the same risk factors as those with heart disease. Diseases such as diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and Alzthemiers can all be connected to oral health. Frankel Dentistry wants to see you live a healthy, happy life with smiles to share for years to come. How can you make sure you’re practicing a healthy lifestyle?

    Here are some heart healthy habits to help encourage a healthy lifestyle!

    1. A healthy diet.

    Limit your fat and sodium consumption! Highly fat foods are known to increase your risk of heart disease or stroke. This is because fatty foods increase cholesterol which lead to high blood pressure, build up in the blood, clogged arteries, and more. 

    A heart healthy diet includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and limit processed foods. 

    1. Exercise!

    30 minutes a few days a week is all you need! Cardio exercises such as walking, running, cycling, or exercise classes all help strengthen your heart. Find a form of exercise you love and will look forward to! 

    1. DENTAL CARE

    As you know a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body! Studies have shown bacteria in the mouth creates plaque which can move into the bloodstream and increase your risk for diabetes, stroke, and more. Remember to brush twice a day for at least two minutes, floss regularly, and schedule your recare appointments! 

    1. Quality rest.

    Quality sleep is essential to your health and well-being. Sleep allows your heart to rest as well as improve blood pressure and heart rate. We recommend a 7-8 hours of quality rest a night.

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  9. On May 31st we celebrated National Smile Day! As a dental practice we love any reason to share smiles. One of our Core Values is gratitude, so needless to say it’s easy for us to find reasons for us to smile. Our patients make us smile, our teams make us smile, our careers make us smile. Sharing a smile with someone can mean more than you know!

    In order to express our gratitude for the ones who make us smile, we gifted glass mugs to our patients on Friday to show our appreciation!

    As we celebrated National Smile Day a patient mentioned how smiling wasn’t always the norm, in fact it was “frowned upon”. We decided to do our research!

    In early 1600s portraits you often see individuals emotionless and lacking a positive expression. This is because people suffer tooth rot and decay from poor diet and high sugars. As dentistry developed the smile slowly became more popular. In the early 1700’s French began to show their teeth in portraits, this was quickly rejected by priests and reformists insisting smiling and laughter showed lack of self control or good manners. In the 1800s dentistry emerged, as dentistry developed so did an attitude of authenticity. By the 1950’s smiling in portraits became the norm and has developed into the smile we love to share today!

    Gratitude, encouragement, and TECHNOLOGY!

    A look and learn with NEW tech!

    Tired of those sticky, gunky impressions? So are we!

    Frankel Dentistry is excited to introduce the latest technological addition to our practice THE Itero Scanner an intraoral scanner which captures 6000 digital images in under a minute. This means we can have a full digital mold of your mouth in minutes. Popular for restorative  and orthodontic dentistry, the Itero helps us quickly and accurately identify your clinical needs, intracaries, crowns, veneers, and develop an action plan. 

  10. May is Family Wellness Month AND Mental Health Month.

    Your physical health is just as important as your mental health! This month we are sharing healthy habits to encourage a healthier lifestyle for you and your family!

    1. Get outside! A little summer sunshine can go a long way. Chances are you’ve spent the winter tucked away and Vitamin D deprived. Take a family walk or bike ride in the evening, visit a new park or trail, walk the dog daily, and be sure to take in the sunshine and fresh air.
    Toledo local organization Miles for Smiles walk. Mom and children walking as a form of exercise.
    1. Try a healthy new recipe. Pick a night to cook a healthy meal with your family. This is a great way to spend quality time together while still being productive. This is also an opportunity to teach children the importance of a balanced diet and trying new foods.
    1. Practice mindfulness. This is an opportunity to help your children understand the importance of mental health. Simply reflect on the day you’ve had or situations which have left your little ones with certain emotions. Help them discover “why” they feel the emotions they do. Also, try a five minute meditation or positive affirmations. Encourage your children to highlight their favorite things about themselves to promote self esteem!
    1. Find a self care routine. Help your loved ones find a way they love to care for themselves, this could be taking time for a skin care routine, workout routine, an oral care routine, or nighttime cooldown routine. This is time for you all to relax yet still be productive towards your health.
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    1. Practice oral health! A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Teaching your kids healthy oral habits at a young age can help ensure a beautiful, life lasting smile. Brush, floss, rinse, visit Dr. Frankel and repeat!
    2. Connect with one another. Good relationships are important for your mental wellbeing. It never hurts to remind your family how much they mean to you and the impact they’ve made on your life.
    Family photo for Dental office in Toledo at the Wildwood Metroparks. A team of moms and their kids.