The start of a new school year can also signal a fresh start. It’s important to teach children the importance of their health and teach them healthy habits. Start the school year with a smile!
Here are a few tips for getting your child ready for back to school:
Ready for the First Day of School!
1) Does your child need dental health forms completed for their school record? It’s important to have their annual exam and cleanings, but also to make sure their health is up to date with their school.
Tools for a Healthy Smile
2) New toothbrush = new start to school. In addition to new pencils and notebooks, don’t forget the oral health aisle.
Strong Smiles Need Guards
3) Does your child need a sport guard (or get fitted for a new sport guard) for their upcoming fall sport?
Healthy Snacks are Colorful
4) Stock up on healthy snacks and lunch items to pack in your child’s lunchbox. Instead of potato chips, stock up on dried fruit and veggies which can easily be stored.
Frankel Dentistry is known for having terrific staff. The caring, family feel is contagious from the minute you walk in to the moment you leave. We thought you might like to get to know this dental family better.
We asked a few questions of our Frankel Staff to share with you.
Name: Kenyetta Lee
Brief Description of your position.
Why did you chose your career?
I am a people person. I want to make people feel and be better. Also, for some strange reason I like teeth!
Why do you love Frankel Dentistry?
You are not just a number or a person. At Frankel Dentistry you are considered family.
What is your favorite recipe?
Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
What is your favorite snack on the go?
What is your favorite local restaurant?
What is your favorite way to exercise?
Do you have a hidden talent? If so what is it?
I am an empath. I love to make people feel comfortable especially when they are upset.
What is your dream vacation?
What is your favorite leisure activity?
Watching movies at the theater.
If you had a power, what would it be?
If you could relive any day in the past, what would it be?
The day my extended family went to the Ohio State Fair. I was 12 years old.
It’s the new year! Happy 2018! Is getting a dental hygiene cleaning on your list of resolutions? Why do people procrastinate on scheduling cleanings? Cleanings are one of the best things you can do to stay healthy! If you have dental insurance benefits, most policies cover your hygiene cleanings — so it’s time for you to get your teeth cleaned! Prevention is less expensive than extensive dental work.
Frankel Dentistry sees patients every 3, 4, or 6 months. Patients may start at four visits per year and graduate to twice a year. Folks with health complications such as diabetes find more frequent visits very helpful. Some patients keep their smile in-check by maintaining their 3 month re-care, others do well visiting twice a year.
Here are a few of the Benefits of Getting Routine Hygiene Cleanings:
1) Professional cleanings remove plaque and calicified build-up.
2) Less plaque = less cavities
3) Less plaque = lower risk of gum disease
4) Regular cleanings help lower your risk of some diseases such as heart disease – early signs of these diseases can be detected in your mouth.
5) Less plaque = lower risk for needing extensive dental treatment such as a root canal, filling or crown, which saves you money
6) Frequent visits include instructions to keep your at-home cleanings fine tuned.
It’s still important to take care of your mouth at home and maintain strong oral health habits. Schedule a professional cleaning and oral exam. If you would like Frankel Dentistry’s Insurance Benefit Coordinator will check with your insurance to see what is covered.
Put your health first this year and make the appointment!
Have you ever wondered how you can get your teeth more white? Looking to get an extra sparkle to your smile? Do you have an upcoming special event like a wedding or graduation?
Whiter teeth is achievable and our office specializes in providing our patients with the best teeth whitening options. Whiter teeth can make you look younger and healthier.
Here are three in-office options our office provides for patients to obtain their ideal pearly whites:
1) ZOOM – this in-office procedure takes about 1-2 hours. This product contains hydrogen peroxide which when combine with light energy can significantly whiten teeth. We will also give you some additional bleaching trays, allowing you to perform occasional at home touch-ups if needed. Sometimes, our patients experience some mild sensitivity after having this procedure, but it tends to fade quickly.
2) KOR Whitening – this procedure is done in the office and at home. This option whitens even the darkest discoloration. Although it takes anywhere form 6-8 weeks to complete, the results are spectacular.
3) Custom Kit and Whitening Gel – this is a home product that patients can use at the ease of their schedule. We provide patients with a custom kit and gel. To use this system, you simply place the gel on the trays and wear them for 10-14 days. Periodically, you should check to make sure you have reached your ideal shade of white. BONUS: this system is FREE To new patients and patients receive free gel at their hygiene cleaning check-up.
To find out which option is best for you, schedule a free consultation with our office today!
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.
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.
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.
Here are 5 areas where teeth can tell our age.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Caught somewhere without your toothbrush? Swish your mouth with water.
Pack healthy snacks to share with your family while traveling. Bring fruits, veggies, nuts instead of candy bars and soda.
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!
As we prepare to celebrate Mother’s Day this Sunday, we will be reflecting on all those things we must thank mom for. But connected with each of those events is a smile!
Here at Frankel Dentistry, we also need to thank mom for helping us with those smiles. Without her we would have less to smile about and perhaps less teeth to smile with.
Be sure not to forget about these three things as you show gratefulness to your mom!
1.) She makes you smile! From the time you were young she made funny faces and played games to get you to smile. Smiling is still a way of feeling good. Not only can a simple smile enhance your mood, but it can help others feel better as well. Be sure to smile this Mother’s Day- we are pretty sure there is plenty to smile about.
2.) Who made sure you brushed your teeth before you went to bed? Who handed you floss each morning? Who was honest with you when you had bad breath or something in your teeth? That’s right, Mom! These childhood lessons have turned into adult habits that you too have (or will) pass on to your children. Be sure to thank mom for teaching you that a healthy mouth is part of a healthy body.
3.) Don’t forget to thank her for keeping your schedule. Aside from running you to soccer practices, dance lessons, or school, mom also scheduled (and most likely took you) your appointments at Frankel Dentistry. Today many of our families continue to bring their next generation through the doors of Frankel Dentistry.
So, Thanks MOM! Our smiles would not be the same without you!