Jon Frankel Dentistry

Category Archive: Peridontal Disease

  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. November 14th is National Diabetes Day. Patients know they need to monitor their blood sugar with diet and medication but what about dental care. Is there a connection?

    Five Connections Between Diabetes and Dental Health

    Dry Mouth

    A reduction of saliva because of diabetes can lead to dry mouth. Dental patients with dry mouth are at a higher risk of decay.

    Gum Disease

    Gum disease is a cause of tooth loss. Swollen, bleeding gums, and bone loss are symptoms of gum disease. Those with diabetes are susceptible to periodontitis partially due to elevated sugar levels and bacterial growth.

    Infection

    The immune system can be weakened by diabetes. Those with diabetes can be more susceptible to oral infections.

    Slower Healing Time

    Delayed healing time may mean dental patients take longer to recover from treatment. It may also increase the risk of infection.

    Blood Sugar Complications

    Uncontrolled diabetes may increase the glucose in saliva creating an ideal environment for bacterial biofilm or dental plaque formation. Bacterial plaque is associated with dental decay and gum disease.

     

    What to do!

     

    Regular Dental Check Ups

    See your dentist every three months for cleanings and checkups. Brush and floss daily. Keep your dentist informed regarding your diabetes.

    Be Aware

    Keep an eye out for signs of dental disease such as red swollen gums, bleeding, or tooth

    discomfort.

    Stay in Charge

    Visit your healthcare provider at regular intervals and keep your blood sugar at the levels recommended.

    Drink Water

    Stay hydrated to keep dry mouth under control.

    Do not Smoke

    Smoking can exacerbate disease and quitting will improve dental and overall health.

  3. Taking care of your pet’s oral health is an important part of their overall well-being. A healthy mouth, promotes a healthy body! Just like humans, pets can suffer from a variety of dental issues, including plaque, tartar, and periodontal disease, if their oral health isn’t properly maintained.

    First, let’s talk about why pet oral health is so important. Not only can poor oral health lead to bad breath, but it can also create a number of other problems for your pet. For instance, bacteria can easily enter the bloodstream through the gums and cause infections in other organs. This can lead to a variety of illnesses and can even be life-threatening. That’s why it’s so important to practice good oral hygiene for your pet.

    Let’s talk about how to keep your pet’s mouth clean and healthy. One of the best ways to do this is by brushing your pet’s teeth regularly. You can purchase special pet toothbrushes and toothpaste at most pet stores. It’s also important to feed your pet a healthy, balanced diet and give them plenty of chew toys. This will help remove plaque and prevent tartar buildup.

    Finally, it’s also important to take your pet to the vet for regular checkups. While Frankel Dentistry does not care for animals, your vet can check your pet’s teeth and gums to make sure they are healthy and can provide advice on the best way to maintain your pet’s oral hygiene! Let’s help your best friend have a lifetime of healthy, happy smiles!

    We’ve said it time and time again but a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body! The same goes for the pets you love! Good oral hygiene is an important part of your pet’s overall health and well-being.

  4. 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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  5. Did you know 69% of American adults are missing at least one tooth? Losing an adult tooth can be devastating, not only does it affect your mental health but your physical health as well. Missing teeth can lead to gum disease, bone loss, and more missing teeth. 

    Looking for a solution?

    Dental implants and implant supported dentures are the best and most permanent way to replace missing teeth. Frankel Dentistry offers partial and full dentures, placed with a titanium root which can be just as strong as your original teeth. This helps prevent bone loss and build confidence in your smile.

    The beauty of implant supported dentures at Frankel Dentistry, is the procedure is done in house. We take a 3D scan that allows us to place the implant virtually, in the perfect spot. Once the dental image of the implant is created we can create a guide. The guide allows the implant supported dentures to be quickly and precisely placed.

    Within three to four months, the implant or implants will fuse to the bone, and the implant crown, tooth, or dentures can be placed.

    Don’t believe us? Meet Alan.

    Alan is a kind, friendly Toledo native who loves family, conversation, and Cafe Donuts. We sat down with Alan, listened to his concerns, weighed out his options and the final result? A beautiful, brand new smile.

    Alan shares how appearances have such an impact on your well-being. While he is still the same kind soul he was before his smile makeover, he finds himself easily accepted by new friends, presented with new opportunities and confidence in his smile. Find your smile again at Frankel Dentistry.

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  6. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, over 70% of those over 65 years of age have periodontal disease. Periodontal Disease begins with bleeding gums and progresses to a silent, chronic infection that destroys the bone and gums that support your teeth. Teeth become loose, supporting tissue recedes, and often teeth are lost. The infection does not remain localized to the oral cavity or mouth. Studies have long indicated a correlation between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. For more information, contact Frankel Dentistry for a copy of their brochure, A Healthy Mouth Promotes a Healthy Body.

    The good news is you can prevent this chronic debilitating disease. It may start at a young age. The first stage is an acute infection. Gum tissue bleeds when the teeth are brushed or flossed. Ironically, it is the same brushing and flossing along with regular dental visits that reverse gingivitis or inflammation of the gums. Periodontal Disease can be prevented with proper oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and sound nutrition.

    It is tragic that so many people are left without a natural looking smile, are unable to eat as they once did, and often find clearly speaking a challenge. Especially since, it could be prevented.

    Toledo, Ohio Dentist Dr. Jon Frankel has made it his passion to change lives a smile at a time. By offering the best dental experience his patients enjoy dental visits and healthy smiles.

    Stop the vicious cycle of periodontal disease. Your mouth will thank you.

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  7. I still say, ‘Shoot for the moon; you might get there.’

    Buzz Aldrin

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    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.

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    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

    disease.

    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

    underweight babies.

    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

    confidence, and your life.” You can schedule a free consultation today.

  8. Age is one factor that we can’t fight, although we really, really try. Truth be told, with all the other age defying tricks out there to help keep our youthful appearance, our smiles should not be one that we neglect.

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    • Tooth decay. Yes, we warn our children and grandchildren about too much sugar and cavities. But just because we are older doesn’t mean we are immune to tooth decay. It is important to still brush for two minutes twice a day, floss daily, and visit Dr. Frankel for an exam every six months. A clean, healthy, white smile is also a nice trick to help keep you looking young and vibrant.

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    • Dry mouth. As we age and are prescribed different medications, we may start to experience dry mouth. Saliva is important part of protecting our teeth from decay, therefore, a dry mouth could be detrimental toward our oral health. Make sure you are staying properly hydrated, and sip and swish water whenever you notice your mouth may be dry.

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    • Too crowding. Pre-teens are not the only ones who experience tooth crowding. As we age our teeth move and shift. This may cause our teeth to crowd. Crowded teeth give bacteria many places to hide, where our tooth brushes and floss may not reach effectively. This breeding ground for bacteria may lead to tooth decay or worse, gum disease.

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    • Gum disease. Gingivitis and periodontal disease effect nearly half of American adults, according to the American Academy of Periodontology. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease, which left untreated can affect the gum tissue and lead to tooth loss. The Frankel Dentistry team has a practicing Periodontist on staff, who will be able to treat patients with gum disease. Although gum disease cannot be reversed, there are plenty of ways to manage it, keeping your gums and teeth healthy.

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    • Oral Cancer. 43,000 Americans are diagnosed each year with oral cancer and nearly 8,000 will die from it (Oral Cancer Foundation). It is best to catch oral cancer in the earliest stages. While at Frankel Dentistry we will do a comprehensive exam, including an oral cancer screening, which will help ensure that your mouth is healthy and cancer free.

     

  9. Frankel Dentistry peridontal disease preventionSimple Steps You Can Take To Eliminate the Threat of Periodontal Disease!

    Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects your gums and the bone supporting your teeth.

    Left untreated, periodontal disease will eventually require medical intervention to restore full oral health.

    However, the really good news is that before your oral health deteriorates there are several easy ways to halt any painful conditions of the mouth. Frankel Dentistry want to share them with you!

    You Can Do Simple Things to Prevent Gum Disease:

    1. Brush your teeth regularly.

    This essential habit removes the plaque and food debris that accumulate on a daily basis.

    Brushing regularly also prevents the formation of more serious plaque buildup, which left untreated will certainly cause periodontal disease.(It is very important to acknowledge that “regularly” means at least twice daily with fluoride toothpaste!)

    2. Floss

    Surprisingly, many people brush their teeth religiously but neglect to floss. Flossing is also vitally important because it gets into the hard to reach places between and behind teeth, removing sticky food particles that your toothbrush just can’t reach.

    It is very important to use the proper technique when flossing so that you reap the maximum benefit. Your Frankel Dentistry hygienist will demonstrate the proper method of flossing; just ask!

    3. Maintain regular dental visits to Frankel Dentistry

    Even if you take stellar care of your teeth, it is still very important to head off any developing conditions that you may not detect. In addition, any tartar build up from the hardening of plaque can be more easily removed and treated so that it does not advanced to a more serious condition.

    4. Don’t use tobacco products

    Some patients are surprised to hear that smoking is one of the leading factors in the formation of periodontal disease. If you need one more reason to quit, this could serve as quite a motivator!

    In addition to our discussion here about how to avoid the formation of gum disease, remember that on top of all the medical complications periodontal disease can cause, it is also responsible for bad breath due to much higher levels of bacteria present in your mouth. Yuck!

  10. The staff at Frankel Dentistry often says, “a healthy mouth promotes a healthy body,” but did you know that visiting Dr. Frankel twice a year for a cleaning actually helps reduce your risk of heart disease. Why?

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    1.) The state of your smile is like a fortune teller’s ball. Many times different problems can be seen even before other symptoms arise. For example, when it comes to your ticker. Your teeth may be a good place to start because people who develop periodontal (gum) disease are also at a greater risk of developing heart disease.

    2.) Treating periodontal (gum) disease improves heart health. As Dr. Frankel often states, “taking care of small issues before they become big problems,” is key in this situation. By treating gum disease, studies show that when the inflammation around the gums is treated it reduces the systematic stress in your body.

    3.) Regular cleanings lower the risks of gum disease even starting. Plus there are also tons of other great benefits- fewer fillings, healthier gums, and that Frankel smile that you can’t  help but show off.