Jon Frankel Dentistry

Category Archive: Dental Disease

  1. 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.

     

  2. How often do you feel oral pain after enjoying a bite of your summer sundae on a nice July night? Or struggle to enjoy a nice hot cup of soup? You could be struggling with tooth sensitivity. 

    What is tooth sensitivity?

    Tooth sensitivity is pain or discomfort as a response to hot and cold stimuli. This can be anything from hot foods to cold air.

    What causes tooth sensitivity?

    Let’s look at the anatomy of a tooth. The strong outer layer of a tooth is called enamel. The more enamel is worn down the more sensitive the tooth becomes. 

    There are many factors which could contribute to tooth sensitivity such as:

    -brushing too hard

    -Acidic foods

    -Teeth grinding

    -Tooth decay

    -Gastrointestinal issues such as GERD

    How to care for sensitive teeth?

    First and foremost visit a dentist for a full exam. A cleaning and professional exam can help detect any deeper issues which could be causing your sensitivity or any other oral health concerns. Your dentist may recommend fluoride treatments to help protect and rebuild your enamel. They may also recommend alcohol- free mouthwash and a toothpaste specialized for sensitive teeth. Specialized products often have desensitizing ingredients to help block discomfort and limited irritating ingredients. 

    Maintaining a strong, consistent oral health care routine at home can do wonders for your oral health. Invest in products which can help rebuild and protect enamel. Practice a healthy diet and try limiting acidic foods. Frankel Dentistry wants to help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health care. Visit us on our other online platforms to learn more about your oral health.

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  3. Quit It Today: 
    May 31 is World No Tobacco Day
    In honor of World No Tobacco Day on May 31, Frankel Dentistry is committed to education their patients on the negative effects of tobacco. Tobacco use includes: chewing tobacco, cigars and cigarettes.
    How Does Tobacco affect your oral health:
    1) Mouth Cancer in addition to Lung and Throat Cancer may be developed from smoking
    2) Teeth Staining from the tar and nicotine
    3) Gum disease and tooth loss from the increased dental plaque
    The best thing you can do is to never start any type of tobacco habit. If you are a tobacco user, it’s not too late to quit.

    Quitting can be very difficult, but there are so many sources and resources to support your decision. To learn more about how to quit, please visit the World Health Organization.

  4.                  Smile Headquarters

    What is are the most common forms of dental disease?

    Many patients are eager to learn about dental health and prevention of dental disease but have no idea what to ask. Here are a few of the most common forms of dental disease.

    Expectant Mom’s often get pregnancy gingivitis. What is it?

    Morning sickness can make it difficult to brush and floss. The hormonal changes make the gum tissue hypersensitive to the bacterial biofilm. The gums swell and bleed. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Healthy gums do not bleed.

    What is periodontal disease?

    Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue. If left unattended the gums will stop bleeding but the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth start to melt away. This is periodontal disease. It is a chronic infection. The teeth can become loose.

    We hear a lot about cavities. What causes dental decay or cavities?

    When biofilm lays against the tooth surface leaches away the hard surface. Creamer in coffee, soft drinks (diet or sugary), sports drinks and energy drinks make matter worse by eroding the tooth surface.  At first the tooth may look chalky. Decay is like dry rot on wood.

     

    What is the best way to prevent dental disease?

    It is simple. Care in your diet, brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly.

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    Diagnodent

     

    Dr. Frankel prefers to correct small dental issues before they become big dental problems. Diagnodent, a diagnostic tool detects tooth decay early.  Unlike the traditional ways of decay detection including dental instruments called probes Diagnodent uses a laser like luminous light to detect decay at an early stage.

     

    • Detecting early decay means smaller restorations and preserving more natural tooth structure
    • Fluoridated water has made the outer surface of the tooth stronger which is a good thing…except when looking for decay in the natural deep grooves and fissures in teeth where it forms.
    • It is a challenge to find the earliest stages of decay without the new technology Diagnodent allows.
    • Early detection means smaller fillings and healthier teeth.

     

    Modern technology, healthier teeth and highly trained, caring Personnel…Dr. Frankel offers gentle, effective high tech dentistry.