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  1. Dentist goes to the Heart

    National Heart Health Month


    February is American Heart Month and you don’t have to be in a relationship to celebrate, just make a doctor’s/dental appointment. The month of February acts as a reminder to check in with our health, especially our heart health. That’s right, February isn’t just all about showing your partner that you care, but it is a time to show yourself some care.  

    Toledo Dentist is all Heart

    Heart disease can happen at any age and comes with many risks such as suffering a heart attack, stroke, or even death. Heart disease or cardiovascular disease is one of the top leading causes of death in our Nation. In fact, according to the Heart Foundation, it is the number one leading cause of death for women in the United States. This statistic is scary, but heart disease can be prevented. 


    Dental Education with Heart


    Educating those who are at high risk of heart disease will better increase their chances of beating it. The staff at Frankel Dentistry knows that there is a direct correlation between a healthy mouth and a healthy body. We promote the importance of a healthy body every day with all of our patients. But we decided to do more this past Friday.

    Showing they care by what they wear

    On Friday, February 8th, the Frankel Dentistry staff took part in the American Heart Associations National Wear Red Day. This campaign is part of their Go Red for Women cause that raises awareness about cardiovascular disease in women. Wearing red on the first Friday of February promotes the important topic of cardiovascular disease in women and how we can avoid it. The Frankel Dentistry staff wore red and took part in this conversation.

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    Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. It is also one of the most preventable, so do your heart a favor and get your appointments and checkup in this month.

  2. 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. 


  3. 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.








  4.                  Smile Headquarters

    What is are the most common forms of dental disease?

    Many patients are eager to learn about dental health and prevention of dental disease but have no idea what to ask. Here are a few of the most common forms of dental disease.

    Expectant Mom’s often get pregnancy gingivitis. What is it?

    Morning sickness can make it difficult to brush and floss. The hormonal changes make the gum tissue hypersensitive to the bacterial biofilm. The gums swell and bleed. Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums. Healthy gums do not bleed.

    What is periodontal disease?

    Gingivitis is inflammation of the gum tissue. If left unattended the gums will stop bleeding but the tissue and bone surrounding the teeth start to melt away. This is periodontal disease. It is a chronic infection. The teeth can become loose.

    We hear a lot about cavities. What causes dental decay or cavities?

    When biofilm lays against the tooth surface leaches away the hard surface. Creamer in coffee, soft drinks (diet or sugary), sports drinks and energy drinks make matter worse by eroding the tooth surface.  At first the tooth may look chalky. Decay is like dry rot on wood.

     

    What is the best way to prevent dental disease?

    It is simple. Care in your diet, brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly.








  5. We love your Heart!

    Toledo Dentist celebrates Heart Health all year long.


    February is National Heart Health awareness month. Oral health affects your overall health. Periodontitis (gum disease) and heart disease share risk factors and
    may occur simultaneously. Thorough brushing can help lower levels of inflammation in your body which can lower your risk for heart attacks.              
    “Although the findings indicate a strong link between gum disease and heart disease, it’s still unclear whether one actually causes the other,” says the American Heart Association. The two conditions have some of the same risk factors, including smoking, poor nutrition and diabetes. Researchers believe that inflammation caused by periodontal disease may be responsible for the connection. 3
     

    Prevention is the best medicine to lower your risk. Health professionals recommend patients:

    • Brush and floss regularly 
    • Quit smoking
    • Manage their weight
    • Control their blood pressure
    • Eat a healthy, balanced diet
    • Stay active

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

     

    It’s important to see a dentist regularly to make sure your teeth, gums and tongue are healthy. Your dentist will be able to detect poor nutrition and signs of developing health problems.

     

     

     








  6. ABC, 1-2-3, Brush!

     

    ABC, 1-2-3, Brush! 

    February is devoted to children’s dental health. As parents, caregivers and health professionals, we should be committed to educating children about the importance of oral health and the lifelong benefits.

    Here are some ways you can help promote dental health with your children:

     

    • Be involved in their brushing routine — brush together as a family to some music! 
    • Encourage healthy eating and drinking — offer water with nutritious snacks.

    • Take your child to the dentist for their checkups and cleanings.

    • Play dentist at home and talk about what happens at their visit!

    • Enjoy their smile. Talk about the importance of a beautiful, healthy smile. Take a photo. Put it where they can see it.

    • Teach them about the importance of a healthy mouth and healthy body. 








  7. Hooray! It’s almost 2017! What are your Resolutions? 

    Jon Frankel, DDS

    The new year is all about a new start, new habits and new promises. Your health should always be at the top of the list. Here are some resolutions inspired by Dr. Frankel and team that you could add to your resolutions list:

    Get your teeth cleaned! Sometimes it can be a struggle to make the appointment, call today to get a time convenient for you!

    Brighten your smile with teeth whitening.

     

    Consider implants or veneers if you are looking to improve your smile.

     

    Having pain while eating? Schedule that treatment appointment to get that stubborn cavity filled.

     

    Make a pledge to consume less sugary foods and drinks and more fruits and vegetables.

     

    Exercise! Not only is it good for your body, but will help your overall health – including your mouth.

     

    Dr. Jon Frankel
    Dental Staff
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    Give up bad habits like smoking and nail biting.

     

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  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. Monthly, Dr. Frankel provides daily tips to the different radio stations to broadcast on air. Here are the 5 tips that you may have missed during the month of May.

     

    #1.) Frankel Dentistry loves technology. One of the cutting edge pieces in our office is our CEREC machine. The CEREC machine is a device that can create a permanent crown perfectly formulated to fit your tooth in about an hour.

    #2.) While flossing, be gentle. Guide the floss between your teeth using a rubbing motion. Don’t snap the floss into your gums. When the floss reaches your gumline, curve it against one tooth.

    #3.) Know when to replace your toothbrush. Invest in a new toothbrush or a replacement head for your electric or battery-operated toothbrush every three to four months — or sooner if the bristles become frayed.

    #4.) Pregnant? Be sure to schedule a dental appointment. While having a healthy mouth is always important, pregnancy can intensify dental problems. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can exaggerate the way gum tissue reacts to plaque, increasing the risk for gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal (gum) disease. Some studies have suggested that pregnant women with moderate-to-severe gum disease may be more at risk to give birth to low-weight or pre-term babies, who are at risk for many serious diseases.

    #5.) Kids are always welcomed at Frankel Dentistry. Be sure to consider scheduling your child’s summer appointments now before the schedule becomes full. And don’t forget that all kids love drawing a special treasure from our toy chest after their visit!








  10. It’s Memorial Day weekend. The kickoff to summer. Kids are off of school and many of us plan our summer vacations. Here are a few tips to help with your packing before you travel.

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    1.) Check-It! 

    It is time to get a 6 month check-up, get it before you travel to ensure that your mouth, teeth and gums are healthy and that you have a beautiful Frankel Smile in all those pictures that you take. Also, by getting your routine check-up you ensure that your mouth is healthy and that small problem are taken care of before they become big issues. It is also a great time to ask Dr. Frankel about how to avoid travelers breath or if you have any mouth sensitivity while traveling at a high altitude.

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    2.) Pack- It!

    Don’t forget to pack your oral hygiene care. Your list should include: toothpaste, toothbrush (manual or electric- if electric don’t forget your charger), dental floss, mouth rinse, sugar free gum, plastic baggie (you don’t want your toothpaste exploding all over your clothes), disposable toothbrushes if you are traveling to a place where the water is not safe, and a toothbrush cap. **Special note about those caps- Yes, they protect your bristles, but they also breed bacteria. Be sure to take the cap off your toothbrush once you arrive at your destination.

    3.) Swish-It! 

    Caught somewhere without your toothbrush? Swish your mouth with water.

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    4.) Share-It!

    Pack healthy snacks to share with your family while traveling. Bring fruits, veggies, nuts instead of candy bars and soda.

    5.) Know-It!

    Dental emergencies happen. Have a plan in case something occurs. Many times it is as simple as asking your hotel concierge for a recommendation in case of an emergency. This video is great for special tips in case of an emergency. Be sure to click it and watch!








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