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

Are your Teeth Noticeably Chipped? Before and After Treatment!

Most of the time, chipped teeth are considered to be part of a disease process. Chipped teeth are generally a sign that something unhealthy is going on in your mouth. Some examples are: grinding, other bad habits like biting down on ice, or even the need to see an orthodontist due to a malacclusion (a bite that is off).

Did you know that chipped teeth tell a story? A highly-trained dentist can decipher why and how your teeth have worn and chipped. And, they can then repair it with a long-lasting restoration.

Restoring chipped teeth can provide a whole new look to one’s smile, vastly improving it. Humans are attracted to a symmetrical face, and chipped, uneven teeth detract from that. Visit Richards Frankel Dentistry for a consult today to find out why your teeth are worn or chipped!

Here are some before and after photos of case Dr. Margaret Frankel recently completed.

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Meet The Newest Member of RF Dentistry’s Arsenal!

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Exciting news to report here at Richards Frankel Dentistry! We pride ourselves on being on the forefront of dentistry- in techniques, research and with procedures we perform. We’ve added a LASER to our practice. Our laser is FDA approved for so many uses!

 

What does that mean for you, the patient?

  • MORE PAINLESS DENTISTRY
  • TREATMENT OF CANKER SORES
  • WHITENING IN 10 MINUTES
  • IMPROVEMENT IN GUM HEALTH
  • MUCH, MUCH MORE!

 

We can’t wait for you to meet our new laser, we promise it will improve your dental experience at our office.

Cheers to new age dentistry!

Best, Dr. Frankel

 

 

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Bleaching is an easy way to a brighter, whiter smile!

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WHY DENTAL BLEACHING IS IMPORTANT

People are always talking about bleaching their teeth. Why are people so concerned with a whiter smile? Well, your smile creates an immediate, subconscious, visual impact on people you meet. A brighter smile gives the impression of youth, vitality, radiant health, happiness, and warmth. A bright smile is perceived as a healthy smile. And, teeth whitening remains one of the most economical ways to enhance your smile.

WHY DO TEETH DARKEN?

As we age, our permanent teeth often become darker, yellower, and stained. This is partly why white teeth make people appear more youthful.  The main reasons for yellowed teeth are genetics, antibiotics, and certain foods, and age. Internal tooth discoloration is caused by changes in the enamel of the tooth and the dentin. The main causes of internal tooth discoloration are exposure to high levels of fluoride, tetracycline, use of antibiotics as a child, developmental disorders, tooth decay, restorations, root canal issues, and trauma.

WHITEN YOUR TEETH

Richards Frankel Dentistry now offers several modes of bleaching treatments: Sheer White, and bleaching trays.
Sheer White is a fast, and easy way to whiten your teeth, and it is less expensive than bleaching trays. Sheer White are whitening strips that do a fantastic job of molding to your teeth in order to hold the bleach in place, and they are easier to wear than over-the-counter bleaching strips. You can even drink hot and cold beverages in them! If you are interested in bleaching, but aren’t ready to invest in more expensive bleaching trays, give Sheer White a try!
If you are looking for a more custom fit and a more long-term treatment option for bleaching, then bleaching trays are a better choice for you! At Richards Frankel Dentistry we will make you custom bleaching trays that will be sure to brighten your smile!

Call us today for a consultation appointment! 440-442-4477

Happy whitening,
Dr. Frankel

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