Jon Frankel Dentistry

Tag Archive: #childrensdentalhealth

  1. I am Watching You!

    Children study their parents, grandparents and siblings. They often “try on” the behaviors and mannerisms of those they love. Attitudes about the dentist are no exception.

    Parents watch what you say. You may be causing dental anxiety in your children. Frequently when a parent is “afraid” of the dentist that fear is passed on to the child.

    By setting a strong example for your children and teaching them proper oral hygiene, you may eliminate dental anxiety in your children. It is also important to make sure that your dentist is right for your family. Frankel Dentistry is truly “kid-friendly”. Many young patients tell ask their parents when CAN they go to the dentist next.

    Neat, clean place. Friendly and polite associates. Brittany did a great job and did everything she could to make my shy son feel comfortable. Dr Hill made sure I understood everything and gave me time to ask questions. The gentlemen that returned my call, I believe his name was Zach helped me get our appointment pushed back from 8:20 am to 10:00 am, so that I was able to sleep in a little longer on my day off. I have 5 kids, work a full time job and part time job so I greatly appreciated that flexibility. Great job team!! Keep up the good work. No complaints at all. LS

    Great experience. My kids don’t dread going to the dentist with such a friendly staff and TVs to distract them. LR

    Call Frankel Dentistry today and schedule a complimentary consultation. Welcome to your new dental family.

  2. Dr. Jonathan Frankel in celebration of National Tooth Fairy Day is offering some important dental hints. Children with good oral hygiene habits are more likely to enjoy a lifetime of dental health.




    National Tooth Fairy day: February 28th is National Tooth Fairy Day and just like the magical fairy, Jon Frankel knows how important it is to educate children on good dental hygiene care. Here are some tips on how to make brushing fun for kids:

    1. Put on some music – Play your kid’s favorite song while they are brushing their teeth. They will love the music and their teeth will be happy to be clean.

    2. Play a game – Sometimes playing a game like “Simon Says” while brushing makes it more fun for children of all ages and helps them learn proper brushing and flossing techniques.

    3. Positive reinforcement – Reward your children for good dental habits. Positive reinforcement urges kids to continue to develop good behaviors. But, be careful; don’t reward them with foods that will damage their teeth, like too much juice or sugar.

    4. Let them choose – Let your child pick out his or her own toothbrush and toothpaste by doing so, you will create excitement with your children about brushing their teeth. Just be sure that the new toothbrush is ADA approved.

  3. Happy, Healthy Smile

    June 21 marks the first day of summer. When you hear the word summer, some automatically smile. Summer time can mean extra vacations, breaks from school, sun and warm weather.

    Warm Smile

    Summer Time Fun That Is Good for Your Mouth:

    Cool Smile

     

    1) Smile! Are you happy with your smile? Now is the time to make any changes – especially if you put this on your resolution list.

    Smiling Family

     

    2) School is out – schedule those routine hygiene visits.

    Healthy Summer Smiles

    3) Eat healthy – load up on seasonal foods like watermelon and fresh corn on the cob.

    Plan a Hike, Go Kayaking

    4) Exercise – healthy mouth, healthy body is our motto. Enjoy the sunshine (safely) and pick up a new habit like kayaking or hiking.

    Schedule Dental Appointments

    5) Summer time can mean a change in schedule, but don’t forget to keep your oral hygiene schedule the same – if not make changes for the better!








  4. Keeping your child’s mouth healthy is crucial to their total body health. As parent’s and caregivers, we need to take them to the dentist for their required exams and cleanings, ensure they receive a balanced, healthy diet, encourage a healthy lifestyle and make sure their teeth are brushed twice daily and flossed at least once a day. Children don’t need to have all of their teeth to need to start flossing.

    The flossing part seems to be forgotten about by most patients. Once teeth touch each other, they need to be flossed. Sometimes it can be the front teeth and sometimes it’s just the back molars. If you are unsure, ask your dental team!

     

     

    Dr. Frankel shares 5 tips on how to keep flossing part of your child’s routine from the start:
    1) Floss every single night – PERIOD.
    2) Decorate your box of floss with stickers to get kids engaged
    3) Make a chart  or visual image to help children remember that brushing and flossing goes hand-in-hand.
    4) Have your child try to floss your teeth – play dentist!
    5) Watch a video on how to floss teeth – try YouTube!

    American Dental Association Video








  5. Children’s Dental Health Month

     

    Children First
    Celebrate Children’s Dental Health Month with a New Change

    Regularly Scheduled Dental Visits

     

    February is Children’s Dental Health month. In honor of this topic, we encourage parent’s and caregivers to choose one healthy habit for their children to focus on changing. Parent’s and caregivers are the best examples for their children.
    Here are some examples of healthy habits to focus on this month:

    Parents Make the Difference

    1) Think before you drink….make sure you are serving water or milk as a beverage.
    2) Swap a sugary, processed snack for fruit, vegetables or cheese.
    3) Brush your teeth together – make this a family event and teach your children how to correctly care for their teeth
    4) Floss your teeth together – flossing is such a dreaded part of the oral hygiene routine. Enforce that brushing and flossing go hand-in-hand! Create a sticker chart to keep track and to set a reminder!
    5) Educate them on what the dentist and his team do. Teach them the proper language used at the dentist. Here is a handy chart to get started! 

    Healthy Habits Start Young

    Give kids a reason to smile and show off their bright smile!
    https://www.ada.org/en/public-programs/national-childrens-dental-health-month








  6. Growing Pain or Toothache

    Has your child ever complained that their tooth hurt? We all know that children go through growing phases but sometime it it may be hard to tell the difference in growing pain and a real toothache — cavity on the rise.

    Dr. Frankel offers these steps to tell the difference:

    • Open wide…check inside their mouth to see if they have food stuck and need help flossing.
    • Teething? Molars can be painful – give your child some pain reliever to see if that helps.
    • Rinse with warm salt water and apply a cold compress to help with swelling/inflammation.
    • Stay away from sticky foods and drink plenty of water.
    • Schedule six month recare dental visits to spot small issues before they become problems.

    If your child is still complaining or having difficulty eating, call our office to get an immediate appointment!

     








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