The pandemic has kept many inside long enough to dust off the old Honey-Do list. Attics and basements are being purged. Leaky faucets are dripless. Hardware stores are reaching record-breaking traffic.
The new masked superhero is a repairman, electrician, or plumber. The DIY homeowners are even impressing themselves.
Hearth and home are receiving much-needed attention. Why stop there? Dental offices have stayed open throughout the pandemic. The CDC recognizes the importance of dental health. A healthy mouth promotes a healthy body.
Does your dentist have a “honey-do” list tucked away in your file? Does your treatment plan need a review? Call your dentist. Schedule an appointment. You will look better, feel better, and smile more!
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Teeth are an enigma. They are alive on the inside and inert
on the outside. A tooth is like a hard calcified shell filled with
blood-pumping veins and alert nerves. It can go for years without giving notice
of any issue then almost over night send out a clear signal that something is
When a tooth gives notice you can feel it. Ask anyone who
has had a toothache. The mystery is the cause. It maybe something simple, like
exposed root surface or a more serious issue like an abscess. What are some of
the common causes of tooth pain?
Do your teeth seem longer? Or does the gum-line show an
indented line with shiny enamel on one part and duller root surface on the
other? This can be caused by aging, clenching, and grinding, or injury. The
duller root surface is more porous and messages like touch, hot, or cold go
quickly to the nerve. Dental nerves communicate one message, pain.
A thin and difficult to detect crack can send you through
the roof. Your dentist can take x-rays to find this nearly hidden reason for a
Decay or caries is like dry rot on wood. The once hard tooth
surface becomes chalky then proceeds to crumble away. It may reach the inside
of the tooth exposing the inner pulp. There is often a message from your nervy
tooth – pain.
When inside of your tooth becomes infected due to decay,
injury, or an unknown reason the purulent exudate or pus builds up and escapes
out the tip of your tooth root. It pools at apex of your tooth injuring the
supporting bone. It may tunnel its way out forming a pimple on your gum.
When the way your teeth touch together is off some teeth are
higher than others. The higher teeth hit first and hardest. This can cause dental
pain and injury. An occlusal adjustment may be needed.
Pressure from inflamed sinuses can cause teeth to ache. This
is most often in the upper back molars.
Bouncing babies, falls or misuse (teeth are not meant to cut
string, chew fingernails, or open anything) can cause dental pain.
Inflammation of the supporting tissue due to gum disease may
be the source of dental pain.
New tooth moving in? That can cause discomfort.
Movement with Braces
The supporting bone melts away and rebuilds when teeth are
moved for braces or orthodontia. Teeth may ache.
Cold Air and Cold Food
A windy artic blast or cold
food or drink can cause teeth to ache.
As if tooth pain was not strange enough. The pain you feel
in one tooth may be from another injured tooth.
The smartest thing to do is see your dentist regularly. He
can spot small issues before they become big problems. Many times, dental
disease is painless. But when you do
have a toothache see a dentist as soon as possible.
Frankel Dentistry has served the Toledo community since
1946. If you have a toothache have it checked out. Emergencies are seen the
same day. There are two locations and evening and Saturday hours.
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.
March 6, 2020, was the Best of Toledo 2019 Party. It is an annual event considered by many to be the party of the year. Walking through the event there was an especially sunny group of smiles. Frankel Dentistry had reserved 5 full tables. One might think seeing each other week in and week out would be enough, not for the Frankel Dentistry crowd. They enjoy each other’s company in and out of the office.
Toledo is more than a great town. It is a town that supports small businesses. Dr. Sheldon Frankel opened the doors to Frankel Dentistry in 1946 knowing this was going to be home. Originally from Manhattan, New York, Dr. Frankel graduated from Ohio State Dental school and settled in with his wife, Toledo native, Ervine Frankel, a beautiful, Toledo Hospital trained registered nurse.
The Frankels grew their family and dental practice. Eldest daughter, Karen, became a dental hygienist graduating from the four year Ohio State Dental School program. Youngest son Jonathan graduated from Ohio State Dental School in 1996 and joined Frankel Dentistry with his father’s same always better attitude.
This is a small business that serves all by giving back twice a year with Free Dentistry and paying it forward by buying back Halloween candy and sending it to local troops. They have defined the best dental experience and continue to perfect it through high tech dentistry and continuous education for all staff from doctors to assistants to call center specialists and insurance verification employees. Frankel Dentistry wants to change lives a smile at a time.
Call for an appointment and be guided to the best dental experience. From the moment you walk in the door until the moment you walk out, you know you and your dental health are their top priority. You will find smiling faces and hear laughter throughout the office.
This local small business remembers its roots. A plaque honoring Sheldon Frankel, DDS greets all entering the Toledo location. To serve the community more there are two locations, Toledo and Maumee. Frankel Dentistry exemplifies small business done right. They are grateful to serve by encouraging dental health. You can almost imagine the late Dr. Sheldon Frankel smiling at the progress his small business has made in Toledo, Ohio.
Keeping up with your oral hygiene is very important and should not be thought about only in the mornings and evenings, but rather all day long. Even while you are at work. This might sound like a lot of work, but here are some easy tips and tricks you can bring into the office that will keep your mouth happy and healthy all day long.
Keep a Travel Toothbrush at Your Desk
Brushing your teeth after every meal is critical for keeping up with good oral hygiene. Store a travel dental kit at your desk for quick and easy access. You can fill your bag with a travel-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss. These items will not take up much room and will keep your smile looking great.
We all know the importance of drinking enough water throughout the day, so here is one more reminder. Water is important for proper oral health. People who sip sugary beverages during the day, even fruit juice, create a situation where their teeth are assaulted from the acid produced by bacteria all day. The best choice for dental health is to spend the day drinking water. You should also rinse your mouth with water after eating anything sticky or sugary.
Healthy Over Sugary
Snacking at your desk can be hard to avoid so if you do choose to munch during the day make it healthy. Avoid those sugary snacks and go for more fruits and vegetables.
No one likes coffee breath so when you go for a piece of gum, make sure it is sugar-free. Chewing gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense mechanism against plaque acids which cause tooth decay and bad breath. Xylitol is an ingredient in gum that has been shown to prevent tooth decay.
Smiling can be a powerful tool in the office. During a typical workday, you come across many different people such as your coworkers, clients, and managers. Presenting a clean and healthy smile says a lot about you. It can also be an instant mood booster! Got a case of the Monday blues? Try smiling. This simple act can reduce stress, lower heart rate and decrease blood pressure. Not only will smiling make you feel a little better, but others around you as well.
Did you know the first Wednesday in November has been National Eating Healthy Day since 2009? We did not but now we do! In celebration here are some healthy eating tips from the Frankel Dentistry dental professionals.