Richards Frankel Dentistry in the News

 

The News 5 Cleveland team recently visited us to talk about our approach to whole-health dentistry and what we are doing differently to address the opioid crisis in Northeast Ohio.

“Dentistry, traditionally, focused just on the oral cavity and whether or not a patient had periodontal disease or cavities,” I explained to reporter Corrina Pysa. “But now, we’re understanding a bigger picture. Our mouths, clearly, are connected to our bodies, and they can also be a window into the health of our overall body.”

Watch the full News 5 segment here.

Charcoal is all the rage. Is it good for our teeth?

Activated charcoal is a beauty and health trend ingredient that has found its way into everything from ice cream to toothpaste. My brother, who lives in Brooklyn, has been brushing his teeth with powdered activated charcoal. As an effective ingredient in oral care, I have my doubts. The Journal of the American Dental Association recently published an article on the efficacy and benefits of charcoal toothpaste, and the results of the study did not prove it to be the panacea for oral health.

Charcoal is abrasive, and may in fact be too abrasive to the teeth. Brushing with it can strip away precious enamel (the mineral substance that makes teeth white and strong) and enamel doesn’t grow back once its lost.

Furthermore, the charcoal toothpastes on the market don’t contain fluoride, a substance the American Dental Association indicates as preventative against dental tooth decay.

While more research can be done on charcoal toothpaste, as of now Richards Frankel Dentistry would not promote daily use of it. However, l did enjoy some delicious charcoal ice cream this summer in Toronto….it turned my tongue black!

You heard it from the dentist’s mouth!

Best, Dr. Margaret Frankel

Sleep Disordered Breathing – Is It Affecting You?

Did you know 20% of adults suffer from sleep-disordered breathing (and 90% go undiagnosed)? Obstructive sleep apnea can lead to headaches, acid reflux, jaw joint pain and depression & anxiety. It can also damage the oral cavity via nighttime teeth grinding, clenching and mouth breathing.

Sleep dentistry is a growing field and comprehensive dentists now understand how to treat symptoms and repair the damage to teeth caused by sleep apnea.

We explore how sleep-disordered breathing may be affecting you and share how you can promote oral health in the recent issue of CJN’s Smile! special section.

Click here to read the full article.

Xylitol: The Natural Sugar that Actually Protects Your Teeth Against Decay

Xylitol. It’s time that you began ADDING this sugar to your diet. What is xylitol? Xylitol is a natural sugar; it is even made by the human body when it metabolizes ingested carbohydrates. Xylitol can be used as a sugar substitute ( a cane sugar substitute). It is safe for diabetics, as it has a low glycemic index. It is also lower calorie than traditional sugar.  We harvest most xylitol today from corn stalk fiber.

In dentistry, research has shown that xylitol reduces caries rate. This means that xylitol works to reduce your risk for cavities. Along with brushing, flossing and using fluoride, regular exposure to xylitol will prevent cavities!

How does xylitol work? Xylitol prevents cavities in several ways. One way is that it keeps the pH of the mouth at a level that makes it hard for cavity-causing bacteria to degrade your teeth. Xylitol also helps prevent plaque accumulation on the teeth. Oral bacteria thrive in the presence of sugar, but not in the presence of xylitol.

You can cook with xylitol. So go ahead, make a lower calorie version of chocolate chip cookies with it. Or, begin chewing xylitol gum. We have xylitol sugar packets at our office. Ask to sample them. Or, buy a pack of xylitol gum from us and fight tooth decay! 5 exposures to xylitol daily will prevent cavities. Just make sure you don’t ingest more than 50g a day.

Our office is always striving to help our patients PREVENT dental health diseases. We want to keep our patients at their optimal oral health, and xylitol can help!

Keeping you healthy,

Dr. Frankel

 

 

 

Surviving Leftover Halloween Candy – A Dental Health Guide

Don’t let Halloween treats play tricks on your teeth.

While all that mouth-watering candy is delightful to the taste buds, it’s important to have a post-Halloween plan to keep your pearly whites in tip-top shape. Sugar is not only food for our bodies, it’s food for the bacteria in our mouth that cause cavities.

Before you delve into that remaining Halloween candy, here is a list of common candies and their negative impact on your teeth:

Hard Candy

This type of candy typically lingers in your mouth, leading to potentially hazardous consequences. You are essentially bathing your teeth in sugar and feeding that harmful bacteria – yikes, now that is scary!

Sour Candy

The acidity of sour candy can weaken tooth enamel, making them more prone to decay. Acids of any kind, such as those found in beverages, are also bad for the enamel on your teeth. Intake should be limited and remember to always rinse your mouth out with water after ingestion.

Chocolate

If you have to choose the “lesser of the evils,” then chocolate is probably your best bet. However, chocolate still contains sugar and sticks to teeth.

Sticky and Gummy Candies

Unfortunately, sticky and gummy candies are some of the worst candies for your teeth because they are harder to remove and may stay longer on your teeth. This gives cavity-causing bacteria more time to do its dirty work.

Popcorn Balls

Kernels can get stuck between your teeth, so be sure to floss after you enjoy this popular fall treat. Remember, it’s not just about the teeth – it’s so important to keep our gums healthy as well!

Back To School Means Back to the Dentist! Find Out About Our Sweet Deal!

Have you or your children skipped the dentist all summer? It’s time to get back on track before school starts! August has arrived, and here is a little motivation to make Richards Frankel Dentistry a priority this month:

Come experience Richards Frankel Dentistry: This coupon entitles you and any family members to a complimentary new patient exam when you schedule in the month of August.

Call our office today: 440-442-4477

Visit us online at http://www.richardsfrankeldentistry.com/

Stroke and It’s Relationship to Oral Bacteria- Study Finds Link!

In the American Dental Association’s most recently newsletter, a study linking the oral bacteria Strep Mutans (the bacteria that causes cavities) to acute stroke was highlighted. Below is an excerpt from the article:

“Study Finds Association Between Oral Bacteria And Stroke.”

Science Daily (2/16) hosted a University of Louisville release stating researchers at the National Cerebral and Cardiovascular Center in Osaka, Japan studied patients entering the hospital for acute stroke, finding “an association between certain types of stroke and the presence of the oral bacteria (cnm-positive Streptococcus mutans).” Dr. Robert P. Friedland, a neurology professor at the University of Louisville School of Medicine and a co-author of the study, said, “The study and related work in our labs have shown that oral bacteria are involved in several kinds of stroke, including brain hemorrhages and strokes that lead to dementia.” The study is published online in Scientific Reports.” -http://www.ada.org/en/

 

Your oral health can have a great impact on your overall health. The oral cavity is colonized with many types of bacteria, some good and some bad. The balance between the two is fine, and your dentist and the dental team must play an integrative role in keeping this balance in the favor of the good bacteria. Your life may depend on it! Regular dental visits cannot be undervalued if you want to stay healthy.

Please call Richards Frankel Dentistry today for your appointment: 440-442-4477 and make a step towards health and well-being.

Signs of stroke include: Face drooping, arm weakness, slurred speech, time to call 911!- FAST!

Working to keep you and your family healthy,

Dr. Frankel and staff

Dr. Frankel Volunteers at Give Kids A Smile Day

On Friday, February 5th participating states celebrated Give Kids a Smile Day. In Cleveland, Case School of Dental Medicine was a proud provider of dental services to area Cleveland City School District children. Dr. Frankel acted among the volunteers at Case, teaching students and guiding them as they performed dental cleanings, xrays and sealants to children in the community.

Dr. Frankel believes in giving back to the community in many ways, especially through her profession. As the poster in the image above reads “Dental caries in the single most common chronic childhood disease”, and it is important to intervene early in life.

Whether Dr. Margaret Frankel is providing care in her office or out in the community, she truly values the health and well-being of her patients. Dental caries is a bacterial infection. It is so important to keep your family’s mouth healthy. Richards Frankel Dentistry welcomes children and families, and we strive to keep our patients at their optimal oral health.

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