Jon Frankel Dentistry

Category Archive: Dental Patient Care

  1. Frankel Dentistry’s Five Top Tips for Dental Insurance Coverage

    Dental insurance is a great benefit. Midwest dentist, Dr. Jon Frankel has five tips to best use dental coverage.

    1. Study the plan options during open enrollment and find the plan that best serves your dental health. Make sure there are dentists in your area who accept your plan.

    2. Find a dentist who will do complimentary benefits checks and treatment plan consultations. Understanding your treatment options and insurance benefits helps you gain and maintain dental health.

    3. Schedule your new patient exam and subsequent visits early in the year.

    4. Make sure to schedule at least two well checks or hygiene re-care visits every year. Take care of small issues before they become big problems!

    5. Understand your dental insurance is a great help but behavior is the key to a healthy smile. Brush. Floss. Complete needed treatment as soon as possible.

    Want additional information? Check the American Dental Association website at https://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/dental-care-concerns/paying-for-dental-care/using-dental-benefits

    or call Frankel Dentistry at 419-474-9611 Toledo, Ohio or 419-483-0221 Maumee, Ohio.

  2. There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding prophylactic pre-medicating (taking a prescribed dose of antibiotics) before dental treatment.

    Do I need an antibiotic before dental treatment?

    At Frankel Dentistry a medical clearance specialist calls the patient’s primary care physician, internal medicine specialist, cardiologist, or orthopedic surgeon to verify if a single dose of antibiotic need be taken minimally one hour or the night before dental procedures.

    Medical Clearance Specialist contacting patient’s physician or specialist before appointment.

    This once common precaution currently pertains to cardiac patients with restorative surgery to heart valves, a history of infection of the sac around the heart, heart transplant patients, individuals born with unrepaired heart disease, those with hearts repaired with shunts or those with leaky valves. For more information, check: https://www.todaysrdh.com/cutting-premedication-confusion/

    Frankel Dentistry shows the love.

    Patients with joint replacement such as knee, hip, or shoulder may or may not require a pre-dose of antibiotic. It varies from one orthopedic surgeon to another. It keeps the Frankel Dentistry medical clearance specialist busy assuring the health of our patients.

    We will check if you need prophylactic premedication.

    Dental Hygienist, Brittney Gates adds, “Recently we have found many of our long-time patients think that a pre-med is only for anxiety. We would like to remind all our patients with heart issues repaired or not and joint restoration or replacement  to play it safe. Take your pre-med if your doctor recommends it.”

    Brittney Gates, RDH

  3. Space Age Dentistry has arrived.


    The future is here.

    Space age technology is part of dentistry today. When Dr. Sheldon Frankel opened Frankel Dentistry in 1946, he was making gold crowns with the lost wax technique. He melted down the gold and poured it into a plaster cast embedded with a wax model of the crown. Pouring the molten gold into the plaster cast melt the wax. The gold-filled void held the new crown. While the crown was created,  the patient cautiously wore a temporary crown for 2 or more weeks.

    CAD/CAM Designed and Manufactured Dental Crown

    Now CAD/CAM (computer aided design and manufacturing) is used daily. Images of the prepared tooth are uploaded into the computer with a camera wand. The doctor designs the crown in the computer. It is routed to a milling system in the office. Milled then polished and shined, the new crown is seated in the patient’s mouth. All done on the same day.

    Art and Science are wed in current dental technology.

    I’m a new patient at Frankel Dentistry. My first appointment was in January of 2020. I’ve been so happy with the care that I’ve received from them. The staff and doctors have been so friendly to me. I was so pleased to see that the practice uses the state-of-the-art dental equipment for their procedures. My last visit was for a crown. It was amazing to see Dr. Smith measure and make my crown right in the office lab, all in one appointment. I had a perfect fit crown installed with no grinding to fit it. It just dropped into place with a perfect fit. I’m very happy with my new crown. Thank you, Dr. Smith and staff. WH

    Photo taken before COVID-19 PPE.

    Some our current PPE is space-age!

    Frankel Dentistry has been serving the Toledo, Ohio community through dentistry with an always better philosophy since 1946. They are grateful to be changing lives a smile at a time.

    Same Day Crowns
  4. Today is National Corn on the Cob day.  Generally, in the Toledo area the corn fields are knee high by the 4th of July. A scenic drive in this area usually yields an eyeful of corn fields.

    June 11th is National Corn on the Cob Day


    Toledoans seem to love corn and especially corn on the cob. Local county fairs offer roasted corn on the cob. Families pass down recipes for corn chowder, corn pudding,  and corn bread. It is important to understand corn requires more than just a happy smile.

    More than just a Pretty Smile

    A beautiful smile can be life changing.  Psychologists report that smiling reflects on how your feel and how you make others feel. Dentists will tell you a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body.  Speech therapists share how teeth assist in communication. But here in Ohio it is well known that a healthy set of choppers is required to enjoy corn.

    Smiles help us Celebrate

    So, start young and visit regularly. Your corn dining delights depend on strong healthy teeth. Keep the dentist on your calendar. Always have an appointment on the books at least 2, 3 for 4 times a year. 

    Schedule a Dental Appointment

    Save your smile. Enjoy your corn on the cob. Remember Dr. Frankel wants to see your smile!

    National Corn on the Cob Day https://nationaltoday.com/national-corn-cob-day/

    The Power of a Smile https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/changepower/201605/the-9-superpowers-your-smile

  5. Everyone knows the importance of starting the school year off right.
    Picking out the right backpack, getting all the school supplies, and selecting the right lunch box is already on your children back to school list, but what about a back to school smile? Scheduling a trip to the dentist should be on every parent’s summer to-do list. This will not only help your child get the best and healthiest smile but a trip to the dentist office also acts as a reminder of how important oral health is. Taking proper care of your teeth can be hard for children but educating them from an early age will help them ace their oral exam. Here are some tips on how you can help your children’s smile be the best it can be.

    Regular Dentist Trips – Maintaining regular dentist visits is important for many reasons. Dental hygienists will keep their mouth healthy and happy. Your dentist will be able to catch or prevent early signs of trouble. They will look for any signs of mouth, head, or neck cancer. Dentists will also be able to give you the best advice for your kid’s specific needs. 

    Pack the Right Snack – Parents know the importance of a healthy snack choice for their children but educating them on their diet is also important. When it comes time to pack a school lunch, try giving them a swing at it. Letting your kids pack their own lunch can be very rewarding to them. Giving them healthy options to pick from will give your kids a better understanding of what a healthy snack should look like. Avoid any sugary items that could harm their teeth. 

    Make Brushing Fun! – Brushing your teeth twice a day is very important. Kids should be brushing their teeth every morning and night for at least two minutes. Play a song while your children brush. That way you know they are reaching that two-minute target. Let your kids pick out their tooth care products. Picking their favorite color and favorite flavor can get them excited about brushing their teeth. 


  6. Frankel Dentistry has been serving the community through dentistry since 1946 with an always better philosophy. The doctors and staff consider it a privilege to offer the highest standards of dental care.

    To better serve their dental family. The two locations Toledo and Maumee have evening and Saturday hours.

    The Toledo location has found two exceptional new additions. Drs. Karim and Willis come with broad experience and innate talent and skill. They are a perfect fit for the Frankel Dental family. Their biographies tell it all!

    Changing Lives a Smile at a Time

    The Maumee location has exciting news as well! To better serve they are expanding. The expansion should be complete by year’s end.

    The Maumee expansion will make scheduling appointments more convenient.

    Always Better! Serve All! Gratitude!

  7. Frankel Dentistry is known for having terrific staff. The caring, family feel is contagious from the minute you walk in to the moment you leave. We thought you might like to get to know this dental family better.

    We asked a few questions of our Frankel Staff to share with you.

    Name: Kenyetta Lee

    Brief Description of your position.

    Dental Assistant

    Why did you chose your career?

    I am a people person. I want to make people feel and be better. Also, for some strange reason I like teeth!

    Why do you love Frankel Dentistry?

    You are not just a number or a person. At Frankel Dentistry you are considered family.

    What is your favorite recipe?

    Homemade Macaroni and Cheese

    What is your favorite snack on the go?

    Cheez-it Crackers

    What is your favorite local restaurant?

    Texas Roadhouse

    What is your favorite way to exercise?

    Walking

    Do you have a hidden talent? If so what is it?

    I am an empath. I love to make people feel comfortable especially when they are upset.

    What is your dream vacation?

    Disney

    What is your favorite leisure activity?

    Watching movies at the theater.

    If you had a power, what would it be?

    Read minds

    If you could relive any day in the past, what would it be?

    The day my extended family went to the Ohio State Fair. I was 12 years old.

    What is the one item you can’t live without?

    Kit-Kat Wafers

     

  8. 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.

  9. Dr. Jon Frankel & Dr. Amber Puhl

    The baseball season has ended. The Toledo Mudhens won their last game. There are two Toledo dentists committed to keeping your childrens’ smiles healthy season through season. As we switch out summer sports bags for book bags, it’s a great time to check out oral health habits.

    Toledo Dentists’ Keep Parents Up on Fall Dental Care

    Summer is over and school is back in session! Back to school means getting organized and ready to start a fresh year! There will be a lot of knowledge to gain and activities to keep busy. Your student’s health should be at the top of the list – this should include physical, mental and dental health.

    Dr. Frankel and Dr. Puhl’s A-B-C’s for Back to School

    A. An Apple a Day….apples are wonderful food for your teeth and your body. (Dr. Frankel eats an organic apple every day!) Fill up on nutritious snacks at school and after school.

    B. Brush! Staying on a strict brushing schedule is very important to incorporate with your child’s school routine – aim to brush after breakfast and before bedtime.

    C. Cavity-free is the way to be! Make sure your child is up-to-date on dental exams not just for school records, but for their health.

     

    It’s important to teach children how to care for their teeth and what healthy teeth mean for their body. Has your tiny tot been to the dentist yet? Now is the time to get that appointment scheduled.

     

     

     

     

     

  10. Lauren Bourell, DDS, MD and David Shall, DDS, MD

    Sometimes, it’s just great to be part of a city, a city that cares. Toledo, Ohio shows her stuff at Tent City. It is a melding of Corporations, Schools, Medical Professions, and Volunteers; all dedicated to assisting the under-served and at risk members of their community. It is a beautiful thing.

    Pre-Screening Dental Tent City

    Lindsay Stanley, Pamela Weitzel and Debbie Oliver participated in the Dental Area of Tent City last weekend. All three are dental hygienists at Frankel Dentistry. Deb heard about Tent City from patient, Ken Leslie, a Toledo Tent City founder. Inspired to give back, she contacted Colgate through Coleen Knepper, Sensosdyne through Mike Leonard and Henry Schein Cares. Their generous donations were essential for the Dental and Oral Cancer Screening offered at Toledo’s Tent City.

    Beth Tronolone, Director Owens Hygiene Program

    Beth Tronolone, Director at Owens Community College and her Hygiene Team welcomed and prescreened individuals. Oral Surgeons, Lauren Bourell and David Shall did dental and oral cancer screenings. Ann Britt and Jayne Klett guided the referral process for treatment at the Dental Center. Complimentary transportation to dental care appointments was offered and thoroughly explained by Jill.

    Oral Cancer Screening

    A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. Tent City’s dental area offers guidance toward health. It doesn’t get better than that.