Jon Frankel Dentistry

Category Archive: Healthy Mouth

  1. a set of teeth used by dentists for demonstration

    Tap. Tap. Tap. How do your teeth come together?

    There are three keys to a healthy occlusion or dental bite.

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  2. How healthy is that smile hidden behind your safety mask?

    “It is a service to others when you wear a mask…”, shares Dr. Jonathan Frankel of Toledo, Ohio, “…but is it affecting your dental health?”

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  3. frankel emergancy dentist toledo

    Our dedication to our Frankel Dental family continues in these times of uncertainty. If you are in dental pain or know someone in dental pain, we are here for you.

    We are open at both locations following strict CDC and ODA guidelines for those experiencing a dental emergency.  If you receive an automatic appointment reminder and you are not an emergency, know that it is an error.

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  4. It is that time of year to gobble up all your favorite Thanksgiving foods. Ever wonder what Thanksgiving dish is best for your teeth? Keep reading and find out.

    Turkey

    Let’s start with the main dish, the turkey. Turkey is packed with protein but can get stuck in your teeth. Make sure you keep a floss pick close by the dinner table.

    Yams

    Your gums will be very thankful for this delicious dish. Yams are full of Vitamin A and C, which help keep our gums healthy. The added sugar and marshmallows make it almost a dessert. Brush after eating or if your toothbrush is nowhere to be seen, swish with water.

    Mashed Potatoes

    Now, this potato may be a good source of vitamin C and potassium, but they also contain starch. There is a type of sugar in this starchy dish that cavity-causing bacteria love to feast on.

    Green Bean Casserole

    This dish might be packed with healthy vegetables like green beans, mushrooms, and onions, but cover those ingredients with a sticky thick sauce and you can find yourself picking out little bits of remaining green beans between your teeth all night long.

    Pumpkin Pie

    Although this tasty dessert does contain added sugar which we all know is not the best for our teeth, it also contains a small amount of Vitamin A that comes from the pumpkin. Vitamin A helps keep your gums healthy and helps protect your teeth by building enamel.

    All of these popular and tasty Thanksgiving dishes have small benefits to your oral health. Remember this Thanksgiving to rinse your mouth with water between bites and to brush and floss after your meal. Your mouth will be thankful that you did.

  5. Brushing tips to keep kids brushing their teeth.

    Mornings can be tough, especially for those getting back into the school routine. The start of a new school year means busy schedules and readjusting to those tough school hours. Getting up early and going to bed at a decent hour can be hard for young kids who are still used to the summer schedule. (more…)

  6. The new school year is right around the corner and a trip to the dentist should become part of your child’s back to school routine. It is very important for kids to get their biannual dental examination and now is the time to schedule. Oral hygiene is very important and most children do not spend enough time brushing their teeth. This lack of attention and care can lead to problems down the line.

    We know the thought of going to the dentist can be scary for young kids but avoiding the dentist can be frightening for their oral health. Children are always welcomed at Frankel Dentistry. Our calm and friendly staff will ensure that your child never feels stressed or worried. No matter what your child’s personality or their overall level of experience with a dental office, we can adapt to meet his or her needs, guaranteed. They may surprise you and begin to look forward to visits.

    Children need dental check-ups just as badly as adults do. If you are a nervous patient, don’t share your concerns. Dental anxiety can be contagious. At Frankel Dentistry we’ll do everything in our power to ensure that your child is comfortable. We’ll make sure your child gets the care that he or she deserves. They can kick back and relax while watching their favorite television show as they are getting their teeth cleaned. We also have a treasure chest filled with all kinds of toys that they can pick from after their appointment.

    Don’t let summer fun keep you and your family from the dentist. Make sure they are scheduled before summer is over and send your kids off with a back to school smile!

  7. Summer is finally here and that means it is time for vacations and weekend getaways. During this time, everyone is looking to get out of the house and go on an adventure. Packing for a trip can be stressful. Stress leads to forgetfulness. How many times have you gone on a trip and once you arrived you realized that you forgot to pack your floss, tooth-brush, or toothpaste? Our always better philosophy inspired us to create a dental packing list! You can refer to it when you start getting ready for your next trip. You will never be caught flossless again!

    Packing Your Smile

    IMPORTANT REMINDER

    Brush your teeth and floss at least twice a day.

    So the next time you begin to pack for your outing, you can reference this packing list so you don’t forget your smile!

  8. Today is Earth Day! And on this day, we celebrate Mother Nature and her beauty all she has done for us. We also recognize just how important it is to be environmentally friendly. We have a large impact on our environment. Over the years we have created a huge carbon footprint that is harming our planet. We can decrease that footprint by changing our daily routines to be more environmentally friendly. Here are some tips to help make your oral hygiene routine a little more green.

    Turn It Off!

    Be sure to turn off your faucet while brushing. Don’t mindlessly brush your teeth with the water running. Turn on the water only to rinse your mouth and toothbrush.

    Eco-Friendly Floss

    Flossing is an important part of your oral hygiene routine. It can also have an important effect on our environment. Floss is typically made with nylon or teflon which takes years to decompose. Trying eco-friendly brands can help out our                        planet as well as your mouth. Check out these brands:

    • Dental Lace
    • Radius (comes in a plastic container)
    • Eco Dent (comes in a plastic container)

    Switch Up Your Cup

    A small switch that has a big impact is switching out those plastic cups for a glass cup. Plastic has become one of our biggest trash problems because it does not decompose. Trading in those plastic cups for a glass cup is an easy switch that will also save you money. Just make sure to clean it after you use it.

    Not only are these tips easy to add to your oral health routine but they are also friendly for our environment. Do your part this Earth Day and make the switch. Mother Nature will thank you in the end.

     

  9. April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month, which raises awareness of the importance of oral health. According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, approximately 53,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer during the year 2019. This includes cancers of the mouth, throat, tonsils, lip, and tongue. The diagnosis of these types of cancers has been increasing over the years and due to this rise, we want to educate our patients on the importance of getting your oral cancer screening.

    According to The Oral Cancer Foundation, there can be an 80 to 90% survival rate when oral cancer is detected early. Dr. Frankel has built oral cancer screenings into your routine visits, keeping you healthy! During your visit, Dr. Frankel and his team will conduct a visual exam to look for the following signifiers:

    • Sores or discolored areas in the mouth for more than two weeks
    • Oral discomfort
    • Trouble swallowing, chewing or speaking
    • Numbness
    • Hoarseness
    • Prolonged earaches
    • An unfamiliar lump in your mouth or neck

    The Frankel team will look for any of these signs on your face, neck, throat, tongue, cheeks, and lips. These exams are totally painless and important. Regular visits with oral cancer screenings can lower the diagnosis rate. We suggest getting checked once every six months.

    Your dentist is the first step in detecting this disease. Here are some other things you can do to help lower your chances of developing oral cancer:

    • Eliminate tobacco product use
    • Reduce your alcohol intake
    • Utilize UV protection on lips
    • Maintain a healthy diet of fruits and vegetables
    • Have a healthy oral hygiene routine

    The key to treat Oral Cancer is early detection, leading to successful treatment. We encourage you to visit our office for your FREE oral cancer screening. Frankel Dentistry is here to keep you happy and healthy. Make sure you are continuing to educate yourself on oral cancer and help bring awareness to this disease. To learn more or to donate go check out The Oral Cancer Foundation website.