Jon Frankel Dentistry

Category Archive: Dental Disease

  1. 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.

  2.                  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.