The American Dental Association Does NOT Recommend Oil Pulling

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A recent study was published and the American Dental Association spoke out, saying  that  “it doesn’t recommend oil pulling even as supplement to regular brushing and flossing.” Moreover, Ohio State University College of Dentistry professor Angelo Mariotti said that some of the studies that found oral health benefits associated with oil pulling were flawed, adding that “there’s a lack of evidence it helps.”

So, for those of you curious about the popular trend of pulling, the American dental Association believes it poses no benefits, and is not even recommended as a supplement to daily home hygiene.

I hope you found this information helpful!

Dr. Frankel

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New Recommendations for Infants and Expectant Mothers!

 

I want to share some INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT INFORMATION with you that was recently released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. Infants need to visit the dentist, and infants need fluoride to make their teeth stronger! Even though baby teeth do fall out to give way to permanent adult teeth, they need to remain healthy as they can affect the health of the adult teeth underneath. And, pregnant mothers need to have a healthy oral environment so that they reduce the amount of dangerous bacteria they pass onto baby.

 

The Chicago Tribune‘s Danielle Braf reported on new recommendations for expecting mothers and children, and several were regarding oral care for both mothers and infants.  According to the Tribune’s article, The American Academy of Pediatrics now recommends that infants are exposed to fluoride toothpaste once their teeth begin to come in, and that babies ingest  fluoridated tap water rather than bottled water, and that mothers receive routine oral health assessments during pregnancy.

 

  • How do you administer fluoride toothpaste to infants? Rub a grain-of-rice sized toothpaste on an infant’s teeth and let it stay there. Fluoride helps strengthen the tooth and prevents cavities.
  • Use fluoridated tap water in sippy cups, or in bottles. Bottled water doesn’t contain fluoride.

In 2013, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended that routine oral health assessments should be done during pregnancy, and they published that dental X-rays also are safe throughout pregnancy.

Pregnancy can result in changes in gums and teeth, and cavity-causing bacteria can be transmitted from mother to baby. About 40 percent of pregnant women in the United States have some form of periodontal disease, including inflammation of the gums, cavities and periodontics, so it’s important that they continue to have dental work done throughout their pregnancies. Root canals and filling cavities is permitted and encouraged during pregnancy!

I hope this helps you take care of yourself and your little ones!

Best, Dr. Frankel

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Richards Frankel Dentistry has New T-shirts!

 

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Our wonderful assistant, Paula, who has been with our office for six years, is showing off our new t-shirts along with her fellow model, Miles our therapy dog! We’d like to thank Paula for her commitment to our practice and for her warm spirit. She always makes our patients smile! Come in and see us in our awesome new shirts!

 

Thank you Shark and Minnow for such a lovely gift! You are an awesome company and we love working with you as well.

 

Dr. Frankel in the Sun Press!

Our very own Dr. Frankel was recently highlighted in the Sun Press newspaper for her accomplishments as a volunteer with the non-profit The Jewish Federation on Cleveland. Dr. Frankel will be receiving the Milton and Rosalind Wolf Young Campaigner of the Year Award this evening. Congrats Dr. Frankel! Our office is very proud of all that you do here and for our community! Read the article here.

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Our Office Has Evening Hours!

For all of you busy people out there who seem to go a year without visiting the dentist, we are here to serve you! Our office has evening hours every Wednesday night. Conveniently located on Mayfield Rd. in Lyndhurst, we are close to you! Call for your evening appointment today: 440-442-4477. Or, email us: info@richardsfrankeldentistry.com

 

We hope to see you soon,

Dr. Frankel

Coffee Creamer and Prenatal Vitamins- what do they have in common?

What do coffee creamer and prenatal vitamins have in common? You’re probably thinking this is an odd question, but it’s not. SUGAR. SUGAR IS WHAT THEY HAVE IN COMMON. Many people don’t realize that gummy prenatal vitamins contain sugar, and so do most coffee creamers. And it’s not a little bit of sugar, it is a significant component of both of these products.

As a dentist I have been seeing patients come in with once healthy mouths free of cavities that become mouths full of cavities. Good oral hygiene (home brushing and flossing) is not enough to keep cavities away. Diet plays a big role in cavity formation. Chewy prenatal vitamins can be thought of like a sticky candy- they contain sugar, they melt slowly in your mouth, and they stick to your teeth. Not to mention that this is perfect food for bacteria in your mouth, yuck! Coffee creamer is also sugar laden, bathes your teeth in sugar, and can also cause cavities.

I’m not saying that these products should not be used, but as your dentist I think it is important for my patients to know that they contain sugar and can make your teeth susceptible to decay. If you use chewy prenantal vitamins, take them with a meal. After you finish your meal, rinse your mouth out with water. You can brush your teeth and floss after you eat as well, but wait a few minutes after you finish. Why? Well, let the pH of your mouth return to a neutral level- that takes some time. If you use coffee creamers, flavored or unflavored, take less than 30 minutes to consume all of your coffee. You are at higher risk of decay if you drink coffee with sugar throughout the day. Why? The same reason as with prenatal vitamins. Sugar lowers the pH of your mouth and feeds bacteria, dissolves tooth enamel and then causes cavities.

 

Good oral hygiene and healthy eating habits are key in fighting off cavities. I hope you gained some good information!

Happy snacking,

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Dr. Frankel

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Tatiana’s First Visit to the Dentist

 

Here is Tatiana with our awesome assistant, Christina! Today was Tatiana’s first visit to the dentist. Christina helped to make her feel at ease with our dinosaur, Mr. Flossisaurus. She also got to wear a really cool pair of sunglasses so that our bright lights didn’t shine in her eyes. Your child’s first trip to the dentist should be a pleasant one. It is always best to prepare your child for his/her visit, but never use language they may scare your child. You can tell your child that the dentist’s office is a great place and that dentists keep you healthy and smiling. Tatiana did a great job today, and so can your child. Don’t wait too long to get your child into the dentist, it is best to allow them to be comfortable at the dentist so that subsequent experiences will be positive!

From one parent to another,

Dr. Frankel

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Our Office Has Modern Technology!

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Patients, meet the Diagnodent! For those of you who are not yet acquainted with the Diagnodent, it is an amazing little piece of technology that our office uses! The Diagnodent (manufactured by Kavo) is a safe and accurate cavity detection device. The Diagnodent laser can detect a cavity before an xray can! This noninvasive device allows the dentist to find cavities just as they are beginning so that our staff can properly monitor, or treat the cavity at it earliest stage.

 

The Diagnodent can help preserve tooth structure-  if a cavity is found early, less tooth structure can be removed when a filling must be done. Furthermore, the Diagnodent acts as a “laser set of eyes” for the dentist, and can help confirm the diagnosis of tooth decay. At Richards Frankel Dentistry we use the Diagnodent to monitor teeth so that if a cavity forms, we catch it early!

Along with digital xray, we keep a close watch on each and every tooth to make sure our patients’ teeth stay healthy!

From your modern dentista,

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A link Between Exercise and Poor Oral Health?

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According to research recently reported in The New York Times published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports that too much exercise could have a negative effect on our teeth. We all know that regular exercise is good, but new research suggests that too much exercise could, in fact, be bad for our oral health! 

 

Why might this be? Well during heavy exercise, salivary flow decreases, as this study showed. Saliva has a protective factor that helps prevent tooth decay, so if there is less of it, the teeth are more susceptible to cavities. Furthermore, the study also tested the pH of the athletes saliva, and it showed that prolonged exercise causes the saliva to become alkaline. Alkaline saliva promotes the development of tartar ( calculus) on the teeth.

So, if you, or your friends family members are professional athletes, distance runners, or work-out for long periods of time, regular dental visits are important! Furthermore, it is always best to drink water while exercising in order to stay hydrated, but also to help keep the pH of your mouth balanced and less dry. pH Neutral, non-flavored water is best during a workout. 

Regular exercise is great, but if you frequently train long hours, make sure you visit your dentist regularly so that any cavities can be diagnosed early!

 

Happy exercising,

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Dr. Frankel

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