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Category Archive: Healthy Diet for Your Teeth

  1. January is always filled with new goals, professional, wellness, familial and more. While many resolutions focus on physical fitness or personal growth, let’s not overlook the importance of prioritizing our oral health. As we always say, a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body! Frankel Dentistry encourages you to make a commitment to your smile and oral health this January and beyond.

    Maintaining good oral health goes beyond just brushing and flossing! It plays a crucial role in your overall health and quality of life. Poor oral hygiene can lead to various dental issues, including cavities, gum disease, diabetes, stroke, and other cardiovascular issues. By prioritizing your oral health, you’re investing in overall wellness..

    Why should oral care be a priority?

    1. Preventive Care Saves Money and Pain:

    Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help identify and address dental issues early on, saving you from costly and painful treatments in the long run.

    1. Boost Your Confidence:

    A healthy and radiant smile can significantly boost your self-esteem and confidence. Start the year with a commitment to achieving and maintaining that confident smile. Are you or someone you know looking for restorative or cosmetic care? Frankel Dentistry is here to help you fall in love with your smile again.

    1. Overall Health Benefits: Studies have shown a strong connection between oral health and overall health. By taking care of your teeth and gums, you’re contributing to a healthier body. Did you know individuals with Periodontal Disease are twice as likely to have heart disease.

    Tips for Prioritizing Your Oral Health in 2024:

    1. Schedule Regular Dental Check-ups:

    Make it a habit to visit Frankel Dentistry for regular check-ups and cleanings. We recommend at least two visits a year! Our comprehensive exams and cancer screenings are efforts to identify any dental issues early on.

    1. Maintain a Consistent Oral Care Routine:

    Brushing twice a day, flossing, and using mouthwash are simple yet effective habits that can go a long way in preserving your oral health. We also suggest tongue scraping and changing out your toothbrush head every three months.

    1. Watch Your Diet:

    Limit sugary and acidic foods, as they can contribute to tooth decay. Instead, focus on a balanced diet that promotes overall health. Still want some fun drinks? Black coffee, unsweetened tea, and water.

    1. Quit Smoking:

    If you smoke, consider quitting. Smoking not only stains your teeth but also increases the risk of gum disease and oral cancer.

     

    This January, make a resolution to prioritize your oral health with Frankel Dentistry. A commitment to regular check-ups, a consistent oral care routine, and healthy habits can lead to a happier, healthier smile in 2024 and beyond. Your future self will thank you for the investment in a confident and vibrant oral health journey.

  2. Tooth sensitivity can be a frustrating and uncomfortable dental issue that affects millions of people worldwide. Sharp, sudden pain that accompanies the consumption of hot or cold foods and beverages can put a damper on daily life. While there are various causes behind tooth sensitivity, it’s important to address any underlying problems rather than simply endure the discomfort. Let’s dive deeper into tooth sensitivity and how to help!

    Tooth sensitivity can be a result of many factors such as:

    Tooth enamel erosion: The protective layer of enamel can wear down over time due to aggressive brushing, acidic foods, or acid reflux. As the enamel thins, the underlying dentin becomes exposed, leading to sensitivity.

    Dental cavities: Cavities compromise the integrity of the tooth structure, causing sensitivity when the nerve endings are exposed to stimuli.

    Gum recession: Receding gums expose the tooth roots, which lack the protective enamel covering. The roots contain tiny tubules that connect to nerve endings, making them more susceptible to sensitivity.

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    Of course we recommend speaking with your dental care provider to find any underlying health concerns but if you can’t get into the office soon enough here are some tips to  help:

    Use a soft-bristled toothbrush: Brushing with a soft-bristled toothbrush and adopting a gentle brushing technique can prevent further enamel erosion and gum recession.

    Use desensitizing toothpaste: Specialized toothpaste for sensitive teeth contains compounds that help block nerve sensations and provide relief. Regular use can help reduce sensitivity over time.

    Avoid acidic and sugary foods: Acidic foods and beverages, as well as excessive sugar consumption, can contribute to enamel erosion and tooth decay. Limiting their intake can protect your teeth from further damage.

    Wear a mouthguard at night: If tooth sensitivity is caused by teeth grinding or clenching, wearing a mouthguard at night can help minimize the pressure on your teeth and prevent enamel wear.

    It’s important to note that these are all temporary fixes, it’s crucial to schedule regular dental visits with our team at Frankel Dentistry to address the underlying causes of tooth sensitivity! A dental professional can identify any dental issues, such as cavities, gum disease, or enamel erosion, and develop a personalized treatment plan. Routine dental cleanings and examinations are essential for maintaining optimal oral health and preventing further complications! We’d be happy to take a look at your smile! 

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  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. 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? 

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    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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  5. November is National Mouth Cancer Awareness Month. Did you know over 300,000 cases rise a year? 

    There are dozens of habits and behaviors which may contribute to mouth cancer development but we’re here to bring awareness to the signs and help encourage preventative care. Cancer of the mouth may develop due to smoking, poor eating habits, and poor oral hygiene, untreated sores or ulcers and more. 

    Did you know at Frankel Dentistry during your comprehensive dental exams performed by our doctors, we take the time to look for any signs of cancer. We will work with you every step to ensure we can provide the best care for your needs. 

    Any dentist will tell you smoking can damage not just your lungs but mouth and throat. As a preventative care suggestion, putting a stop to all tobacco products can help limit the amount of carcinogens you are exposed to. We also advise you to establish a strong and efficient oral care routine to promote a healthier lifestyle.

    If you have any concerns regarding your oral health or dental health needs please call our Toledo or Maumee office to schedule an appointment today.

     

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    Jonathan Frankel, D.D.S.
               Toledo, Ohio

    Summer is here and with hot weather comes cold drinks. Water helps prevent staining on your teeth and flushes away sugars and acids.  Water also helps keep your saliva levels high which is important. Saliva is a defense against decay.

    Refreshing and Healthy

    There are many health benefits from drinking water:

    • Increased energy
    • Promotes weight loss
    • Improves skin complexion
    • Boosts Immunity

    Not to mention, you can save money by drinking water! The best beverage choice you can make is water. If you want to spice up your flavor, add fresh citrus like lemons or oranges. If you’re looking for a healthy snack, try watermelon which is hydrating and nutritious.

    Water is delicious!

     

  7. Spring Smiles

    Spring Clean Your Food Choices

    Have you done your spring cleaning? Is your house fresh and clean? Did you add to the list your pantry and refrigerator? A healthy diet will help support a healthy mouth. If you can take the time to make your own food and snacks, you will gain nutrients and skip on the added sugars and fats. Most processed, packaged foods are packed with unwanted additives and sugars.

    Healthy Snacks bring Smiles

    Here are a few of our favorite swaps:

    • Trade deep fried chips for heirloom popcorn.
    • Ditch bottled salad dressing and make your own.
    • Switch out ketchup or ranch dipping sauce, try hummus
    • Avoid the drive-through fast food habit, plan a crock-pot meals.
    • Trade boxed macaroni and cheese for homemade whole grain pasta and low fat cheese.
    • Instead of sugary popsicles, try homemade popsicles made with yogurt or real fruit juice.
    • Stop the syrupy soda pop, bring on water with a slice of lemon.

    Healthy Smiles

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  8. 5 Ways to Help Your Kids Eat Healthier
    New year, new you, new resolutions — everyone always says they want to eat healthier and kids shouldn’t be an exception. When kids eat healthier, they feel better and have more energy to be a kid. Healthy eating habits are also beneficial for successful oral health. Healthy foods contain the essential vitamins and nutrients kids need to grow. Parents and caregivers need to create an atmosphere where healthy foods are the first choice and junk foods are consumed in moderation.
    Here are 5 ways to help your kids eat healthier foods and less junk food:
    1.  Stock your pantry with healthy snack choices and avoid buying snacks that are void of nutrients and full of sugar such as fruit snacks. Encourage children to choose fruits if they have a sweet tooth — try a smoothie!
    2. Bake more often — there are so many recipes out there that contain fruits and vegetables that are kid-approved. Instead of breakfast pastries, try homemade muffins with oatmeal and fruit!
     3. Limit TV – there are a lot of commercials that promote fast food meals and candy. Spend time together playing games or outside.
    4. Create a family meal plan together — have your children help you plan your meals. Download this example
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     5. Eat together —  eating meals together helps families stay united. Celebrate with healthy snacks like fruit yogurt vs. chocolate sundaes.
    Eat together —  eating meals together helps families stay united. Celebrate with healthy snacks like fruit yogurt vs. chocolate sundaes.

  9. Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

    Are your teeth on the naughty or nice list? We all know that the holidays are filled with cookies, pies and candy canes. To keep your teeth on the nice list this year, consider the following tips when baking your traditional holiday treats.

    • Search for recipes that contain less sugar, such as, “low sugar chocolate chip cookies” or “healthy apple pie”
    • Consider using natural alternative sweeteners – check out this list for suggestions to help you reduce sugar in your recipes
    • Implement a new tradition – instead of cinnamon rolls for brunch, try oatmeal muffins!

    Remember – if you are trying out a new recipe, make it for yourself first to see if you need to tweak any of the ingredients. Treats can be consumed in moderation, so indulge responsibly!