February is a quick month but is earmarked to bring attention
to a long- standing problem, heart health. Toledo dentist, Dr. Jonathan Frankel
agrees with the U.S Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease
Prevention and Health Promotion.
A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body. “Brushing and flossing
daily and visiting the dentist for re-care wellness visits at least twice a
year are important for overall health”, states Toledo, Ohio dentist Dr. Jon Frankel.
The Colgate Palmolive Company promotes heart health through education.
Your oral health care needs change as you get older. When children become teenagers, they face different issues than when they were younger. By the teenage years, a teen has lost all of his/her “baby” teeth and the adult teeth have made their stay.
In addition to going through puberty, teens also face some oral health changes:
1) Braces – everyone wants a smile that is full of straight teeth. Braces may be a good option for teens to explore.
2) Bothersome wisdom teeth – these teeth or “third molars” can be an issue as teens get older. They may cause pain and need to be removed.
3) Bad Breath – changes in your oral health routine may make a difference – including brushing with an electric toothbrush, flossing daily and adding a mouth wash. Tonsils made need to be checked as well.
The best advice you can give your teen is to adhere to a strong oral health routine and to make sure they attend their regular cleanings. Teenage years are one to smile and laugh a lot, so teens should never feel embarrassed or ashamed of their teeth. Our office is here to discuss all of your options, so you can be proud of your smile.
Toledo, Ohio dental practice, Frankel Dentistry, have been Changing Loves a Smile at a Time since 1946. Voted Best of Toledo for 8 consecutive years by the reader’s of The City Paper, this dental practice loves what they do. Their always better attitude is focused on offering the best dental experience.
Patients become dental family. It is not surprising to have third and even fourth generation patients. The doctors and staff at both the Toledo and Maumee location are accessible, professional and feel caring their dental family is a privilege. They are grateful to care for your smile.
Spring is the season for cleaning. Check out these tips from Frankel Dentistry.
Spring Cleaning for Your Health
Spring is here and it’s a great time to clean out your house. Rainy day? Perfect time to get some extra cleaning down before the weather gets nice. Make a list and prioritize what you want to accomplish as your health should always be at the top of the list!
Here are some suggested areas to clean that can affect your health:
1) Toothbrush – when is the last time you replaced yours? It’s recommend to replace our toothbrush at least every 2 months and more often if sick.
2) Bathroom – wipe down and disinfect anything and everything in your bathroom – this includes toothbrush holders and medicine cabinets that may touch your oral hygiene products .
3) Food pantry – is your pantry and fridge stocked with healthy snacks? Now is a good time to go through any old expired items or items you wish to trade in for healthier alternatives.
4) Carpets – winter can track some much dirt and dust and really affect your health if you have allergies.
5) Dusting – clean under the bed, top of the bookshelves, picture frames and any place where dust can collect.
Your total health affects the health of your mouth, so make sure to keep both in the best shape.
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:
Promotes weight loss
Improves skin complexion
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.
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.
Spring has sprung and the flowers are blooming and the trees are budding. You can keep your windows open, but that means you need to start your spring cleaning to get rid of the dust and debris from the winter season. To keep your home clean and healthy, it takes work. Did you know your medicine cabinet needs a good spring cleaning too?
Jonathan Frankel, D.D.S.
Dr. Frankel Shares Spring Cleaning Tips
Get a new toothbrush! Leave those winter germs behind and make sure to start off the season with a clean, fresh toothbrush.
Clean out and disinfect your medicine cabinet and bathroom — anywhere your toothbrush and oral hygiene products are stored.
Schedule a cleaning with your dentist! It is best to have your teeth cleaned twice a year.
Spring is a great time of the year to get re-motivated! Check your new year’s resolution list — have you met any of your goals? Spring is also a great time to get out and be active! A healthy mouth and a healthy body go hand in hand — enjoy the weather, eat healthy snacks and don’t forget to brush and floss!
“I’m strong to the finish because I eat me spinach!”
Have you been eating your spinach like Popeye, but have found the spinach makes your teeth feel funny and chalky? Not only do you find spinach may get stuck in between your front teeth, but it may leave a strange texture to your teeth. “Spinach teeth” is caused high quantities of oxalic acid. In scientific terms, the oxalate crystals leak out from spinach as you chew which then coats your teeth. Don’t worry – eating spinach is not bad for your teeth.
Chocolate, rhubarb, beets and kale are other foods that are high in oxalic acid. Spinach is a great vegetable that is high in calcium and helps promote a healthy lifestyle. To help remove that chalky coat, try brushing your teeth after eating spinach.
We all know that you can build stronger muscles by exercising and lifting weights, but did you know you can also build stronger teeth?
Here are three ways to strengthen your teeth at home:
1. Eat a healthy diet — avoid foods high in sugar and acid that can weaken tooth enamel.
2. Make sure your diet contains enough calcium and vitamin D – calcium helps to strengthen your jaw bone and makes your teeth stronger. Calcium will help protect your mouth against gum disease.Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium and can also help to decrease inflammation of gums which is associated with gum disease.
3. Properly brush your teeth two times a day – if you’re unsure if you are properly brushing, ask our staff at your next cleaning.
Eating healthy is easier than you think – here are some foods high in calcium and vitamin D that are healthy for your teeth:
Last month we celebrated Father’s Day. June was also Men’s Health Month. Let’s not lose the focus on guys and their health. In addition to checking your blood pressure and cholesterol, it’s important not to forget about oral health as well.
Studies have found that men are less likely to go to the dentist routinely and usually only go when a problem arises
Women are more likely to brush their teeth twice a day than men.
Men are more likely to develop dry mouth.
Men are more likely to develop gum disease.
Twice as many men as women develop oral cancer often from smoking, chewing tobacco and drinking alcohol.
Take this month to readdress your oral health care habits and remember to schedule your routine cleaning appointment.
I still say, ‘Shoot for the moon; you might get there.’
The last night’s snow moon reflects the sun just like your smile mirrors your overall health. The new moon is a great time to reflect and make choices toward health.
Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body
Why are Dr. Frankel and his staff always saying “Healthy Mouth, Healthy Body?” 7 quick facts that explain why maintaining good oral health is essential to achieving great overall health.
Oral health and overall health are not mutually exclusive, in fact, they are inextricably connected. WOW! That’s a lot of big words, but basically what we are saying is if you let the health of your teeth and gums decline, you are setting yourself up to get really, really sick.
Routine cleanings, flossing, sealants and fluoride may seem like a hassle, but in reality
they are saving you from dangerous conditions such as heart disease and stroke.
1.) Gum Disease causes halitosis, better known as “knock-you-over bad breath.”
2.) 2x. Seeing double? Patients with gum disease are twice as likely to develop heart
3.) 3x. Triple what? Patients with gum disease have an increased risk of stroke triple that
of those patients without gum disease.
4.) 4x – the average increased cost of one restorative dental procedure as compared to a
regular checkup appointment.
5.) The number of primary things you need to do to maintain your healthy mouth:
Brush 2x daily
Floss 1x daily
Visit 2x yearly
Avoid tobacco products
Eat a well-balanced diet
6.) 62% – The percentage of increased risk, according to Harvard researchers, for
patients with gum disease to develop pancreatic and kidney cancers.
7.) 7x. Women with gum disease are seven times more likely to deliver premature or
It is so important to keep a healthy mouth in order to promote a healthy body! Don’t let
fear, cost, or time be a factor to keep you away. Dr. Frankel says, “I care about people’s
smiles and firmly believe that with a great smile, you can improve your appearance, self